Kline & Specter led all law firms with the most large verdicts and settlements in Pennsylvania, according to the latest report by PaLaw released this week. Kline & Specter had five of the Top 50 – all five being jury verdicts – and with four results in the Top 25.
The largest verdict won by Kline & Specter was a $38.5 million punitive award in Wilson v. U.S. Security Associates in which the families of two victims of a fatal shooting rampage by a fired worker at Kraft Foods sued the company in charge of security at the plant in Northeast Philadelphia. Earlier, another jury awarded $8 million in compensatory damages.
The firm won two cases in Delaware County: a $21.8 million verdict in Delaware County, Pa., for a man who was left blind as the result of prolonged back surgery and a $7.4 million jury award for a man who suffered a stroke because of his doctor’s failure to properly treat his high blood pressure.
In a bellwether trial in the ongoing Risperdal litigation, Kline & Specter won a $2.5 million verdict for a young autistic Alabama man who was prescribed the anti-psychotic medication and suffered gynecomastia, an abnormal growth of breast tissue in males.
Of note was the fact that different lawyers from the firm handled the various cases, demonstrating the breadth of the firm, which has 40 lawyers, five of whom are also medical doctors. Shanin Specter was lead counsel in the Kraft shooting trials, David Caputo litigated the back surgery case and Andy Stern represented the stroke victim. Tom Kline is heading the continuing Risperdal litigation.
The PaLaw report covered cases concluded in Pennsylvania between Aug. 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015. (In the No. 1 spot was the federal government, specifically the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which obtained a $1.2 billion settlement against Cephalon Inc. in an antitrust case.)
Since July 31, Kline & Specter has won a litany of additional cases, including a $10.1 million verdict for a baby who suffered deafness and brain-related injuries after a delay in diagnosing and treating meningitis; a $15 million settlement for a woman who suffered permanent brain damage due to medical malpractice; and a $4.5 million verdict for a college student who lost his leg below the knee after he was struck by a bus in Pittsburgh.
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