Zantac Cancer Lawsuit Update UPDATED 10-25-2021 Generic Only Use cases are out of the MDL. Studies show the following cancers to have the best causation to brand name Zantac use: Bladder Cancer Liver Cancer Stomach Cancer Pancreatic Lung and Colorectal cancers also show strong causation to Zantac use. Prostate and Breast Cancer, while weaker, also show causation to brand name Zantac use. Zantac cancer litigation is moving fast on several fronts. There are state actions as well as the Federal … Read more
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Incretin mimetics lawsuits are being investigated by law firms across the United States. People naturally produce a hormone called incretin that tells the body when to release insulin. Insulin is a substance that lowers the level of sugar in the blood after you eat. People who have type 2 diabetes may be prescribed medications to help their bodies to produce sufficient amounts of insulin or that mimic the body’s natural incretins to lower blood sugar levels. One class of drugs … Read more
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Causation in this mass tort appears to be strong with a signature injury. 250,000 Allergan units were sold Millions of Americans have breast implants. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 313,735 breast augmentation cosmetic procedures were performed in 2018 in the U.S., and 101,675 breast reconstruction procedures were completed. Women may undergo breast augmentation surgery to achieve an aesthetic result that they want or get breast implants during a reconstruction process following mastectomies. Unfortunately, some types of implants … Read more
Juul vaping lawsuits. E-cigarettes have been marketed as a safer alternative for smokers than cigarettes. However, some of these products have been marketed to teens with their designs, packaging, and flavor combinations. Juul, a brand that is owned by Phillip Morris subsidiary Altria, has been marketed in a way that has targeted teens, leading many to develop addictions to nicotine and smoking-related injuries. These products have also become a nuisance for school districts that must spend time policing teens for … Read more
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Essure Update October 2019 Do you have a case? Time is running out on these claims. We are investigating these to file on your behalf. The injuries found by this device are below. Chronic Pain Perforation Migration Allergic Reaction to Nickel Ectopic Pregnancies If these symptoms are happening to you, call us to review your file. We are looking into women who were implanted with the Essure device prior to 10-31-2016. Removal of the device or a hysterectomy. We also … Read more
IVC Filter Can an IVC Filter Hurt Me? IVC filters are designed to prevent life threatening pulmonary embolisms by removing clots from the blood supply. The devices have proven successful – at least on a temporary basis – for some people who are at risk of blood clots. Unfortunately, IVC filters also are causing a variety of serious health problems, some of which are fatal. The companies that make IVC filters have failed to warn patients about these problems, and, … Read more
Roundup Lawsuits Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma caused by herbicides? Researchers representing the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a definitive conclusion in July 2015 when they reported that glyphosate most likely causes cancer in humans. The research agency is a branch of the World Health Organization (WHO). Glyphosate is the active chemical found in Roundup, an herbicide developed by Monsanto Company for the purpose of killing weeds. The research team concluded that the herbicide is defined as a Group … Read more
Invokana Litigation A prescription drug that is used to treat adults who have type 2 diabetes, Invokana is the subject of widespread litigation. This medication works to reduce blood glucose levels. However, studies have shown that people who take Invokana or another branded medication that contains the same active ingredient, canagliflozin, have increased risks of needing amputations below the knee. A black box warning was recently issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that this drug is associated with … Read more
Hernia Mesh Litigation Update 2021 Update- Time is of the essence to get your potential case reviewed. Our intake criteria is as follows: Use of a polypropylene mesh – either ventral or inguinal Explantation (removal) of the hernia mesh or a surgeon saying removal will cause more harm than good in your medical records In This Article: What is hernia mesh? Injuries caused by hernia surgical mesh Hernia mesh lawsuits and litigation Atrium C-Qur lawsuits Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits Covidien Parietex … Read more
Proton Pump Inhibitor Litigation If you have used Prilosec, Nexium or other proton pump inhibitors and experienced kidney disease or other serious side effects, you could be entitled to compensation to cover your losses. Kidney disease and the other side effects related to these drugs can lower your quality of life and cause costly medical bills. Managing the fallout on your own won’t be easy, and some people go broke and lose everything in the process. The good news, though, … Read more
The Carolina Justice Report Podcast
The Carolina Justice Report is a podcast from The Lovely Law Firm, located in Myrtle Beach, SC. The podcast features information, interviews and commentary on personal injury law, criminal law and community safety topics. The Lovely Law Firm represents clients in Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas with criminal and personal injury cases.
On this episode, attorneys Amy Lawrence and Sarah Austin discuss the recent verdict in the Russell Laffitte fraud trial. Laffitte, the CEO of Palmetto State Bank, was found guilty on all counts of fraud in the trial. The attorneys discuss how Laffitte admitted to doing all of the banking for PPE&D, a law firm, as well as for Alec Murdaugh’s personal accounts. Laffitte also acted as a conservator for several of Murdaugh’s clients, who were victims of Murdaugh stealing money through the bank. The trial lasted for about a week and a half, and new information came out during the trial about Laffitte involvement in the fraud and the efforts to cover it up. The attorneys also discuss the recording of a board meeting at Palmetto State Bank where it was discussed that Laffitte was stealing money and loaning it out of accounts, as well as the testimony of Janine, a sister-in-law of Laffitte, about the law firm’s efforts to cover up the missing money.
Information from Count On 2 News in Charleston November 22, 2022:
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Russell Laffitte, the former CEO of Palmetto State Bank and accused accomplice of Alex Murdaugh, was found guilty in a downtown Charleston courtroom on Tuesday.
Laffitte was found guilty on all six of the following counts:
- Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud
- Bank fraud
- Wire Fraud
- Misapplication of bank funds (x3)
The decision came after over 11 hours of deliberation, two alternate jurors being brought in, and nearly two weeks of witness testimony and review of evidence in this case. Laffitte faced a slew of federal charges – including bank fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy – all connected to alleged financial schemes involving disbarred attorney Alex Murdaugh.
U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, who presided over the case, charged the jury with making a decision on whether Laffitte should be found guilty on any of the charges just one day after both prosecutors and the defense made their closing arguments in the case.
Federal prosecutors have argued that Laffitte used his position at Palmetto State Bank to carry out the crimes. He was fired as CEO in early 2022.
Through his testimony, Laffitte admitted that he made mistakes, but reiterated that he believed he did nothing illegal as a banker over his nearly three-decade career at his family’s bank.
He also said that he failed to closely review checks brought to him by Murdaugh, but says he trusted Murdaugh as his attorney and directed the money as he was told to do so by Murdaugh.
After three hours into deliberations, the jury returned to the courtroom shortly before 1:30 p.m. with a note asking to see a transcript from Laffitte’s testimony. Judge Gergel, though, said that a full transcript was not ready for publishing but that a court reporter could read certain parts if necessary. The jury returned to deliberations moments later.
Around 3:00 p.m., the jury asked to listen again to a secret recording of a November 3 Palmetto State Bank board meeting made by Laffitte. The tape was played and the jury returned to deliberation.
Just before 6:30 p.m., the jury ordered pizza and continued working through dinner.
Around 7:45 p.m., the jurors brought four notes to the judge. Notes one and two were about a juror needing an antibiotic and feeling pressured to change his/her vote. Note three detailed a juror’s concerns about a “hostile juror room, a juror with prior jury experience who is fearful of being bullied, and a group of jurors who do not agree with the judge’s last charge.” Note four was about a juror who is experiencing anxiety.
Judge Gergel questioned whether it was necessary to bring in an alternate juror and start the process all over again. The jurors said that they did not want to come in on Wednesday and wanted to continue deliberating Tuesday night.
Around 8:30 p.m., two jurors were relieved and replaced with alternates. The jury then resumed deliberation.
Shortly before 9:30 p.m., court was called back into session and defense raised objection to the alternate juror who was brought in to relieve the juror with anxiety. Defense claimed that it should have been an hung jury.
Moments later, the jury confirmed that they had reached the verdict. Laffitte will be allowed to remain out on bond until his sentencing hearing.
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