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FDA Recalls 246,831 Allergan BIOCELL textured breast implants

Posted on: March 30th, 2021 by Marc P No Comments
On July 24, 2019, Allergan announced a recall of all its BIOCELL Textured Breasts Implants and Tissue Expanders (“Recalled Implants”) due to the risk of Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma.  Textured breast implants are supposed to reduce the risk of capsular contracture and have a better aesthetic appearance. The Recalled Implants have been on the market for over 25 years.  Symptoms of BIA-ALCL include seroma (build-up of fluid in the breast), pain, swelling, inflammation, itching, and capsular contracture. Per the FDA, there are 246,831 people that had the recalled Implants. 
Allergan came up short Friday March 19, 2021 in its attempt to escape claims in the multidistrict litigation. The company hid the cancer risks of its textured breast implants, with a New Jersey federal judge saying, “certain claims are not preempted by federal law and class allegations are still in play”.
In a 121-page opinion on the pharmaceutical giant’s dismissal motions, U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti tossed on preemption grounds failure-to-warn claims over the BIOCELLl implant labels and other allegations but found that a manufacturing defect, negligence per se and other claims were not preempted.

This now opens the doors for three (3) different claim types that we can go after. First   women who still have product in place, women that have had the recalled product removed, and women that had already been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL a very rare type of blood cancer similar to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
We are looking at a two-year SOL date of July 24 2021 so we still  have a few months to find these women and sign them up for possible compensation though the MDL.

The most represented states are California, Florida, New York, and Texas which combined comprise of about 40% of the implants.
We have good statistical data on where the implants are and who got them implanted.
44% implant as part of reconstruction
42% implants put in for cosmetic purposes.
14% Other reasons.

There are some common hospital systems and cancer treatment centers that we are aware of that have doctors that have used these implants with some frequency. These systems include Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic.
Through advertising, we are looking to find the rest of these women that are part of this recall. All responses will go to a professional call center with the Co-Counsel’s specific criteria for sign up.
Please ask us for an introduction to these great Co-Counsel firms in leadership on this case.

Co-Counsel:
Berger Montague
Shanon J. Carson
215.875.4656
Levin Papantonio Rafferty
Kim Adams
850.435.7056
Please reach out if your firm is ready to do a campaign for the victims of Allergan textured breast implants we will setup the call center and introduce your firm to co-counsel so we can going. jacob@xsocialmedia.com
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When you come to us with a new project, we set up the whole marketing funnel for you from advertising ads,  to landing pages, down to the signed retainer if you’d like (we suggest using professional intakes). In most cases, we can also arrange co-counsel for any given project and even financing. Just ask!

Our history of transparency and our network of industry partners means that you can trust X Social Media to grow your firm with quality retainers from our menu of existing campaigns or for your next custom project.

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Getting started as a new client is easy. We will walk you through the process and you will have a dedicated team. We like to look at ourselves as an extension of your team!
We start with a test budget, we don’t need your full budget to start getting you cases. Typically, the test budgets range from as low as $5k to 50k. Your money is your money until it is spent!

We simply charge a +15% management fee on the project budget, and a one-time setup fee of $1,000 per project, which covers your dedicated Landing pages and all the integrations, including our feedback loop integration to your CRM or intake.

We usually see three to five business days from order placed to campaign start, and your team will be responsible for approving all ads and images before ads are set live.

We look forward to hearing from your firm and assisting you with your client acquisition needs.
We are currently working with 350 plaintiff law firms, and we are happy to provide references in your area. We can also advise your firm on co-counsels if needed.
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MTMP Connect – Texas Power Outage Litigation starts at 2PM EST

Posted on: March 11th, 2021 by Marc P No Comments
You can sign up here to stay informed of every MTMP Connect Webinar: https://mtmp.com/webinar_category/mtmp-connect/ 
Texas Power Outage Co-Counsel Partners Include:
Robins Cloud
Brent Coon & Associates
Parker Waichman
Fears Nachawati Law Firm
Watts Guerra LLP
Seeger Weiss
We will connect you to your preferred Co-Counsel or we will setup it up as your own campaign, whichever you prefer.
Funnel/Sign Up Process
Email Jay at jay@opusintake.com (Direct Signup for Social Media Advertising)
Email Scott at scottb@legalconversioncenter.com (For Digital TV Ad Buys)
Again we will make introductions and get you setup as XSM has a direct API connection setup already with OPUS intake and Legal Conversion Center. We can also work with other intakes of reputation as well if they are setup on our XSM Feedback Loop.
Back Office for Case Work Up
As we expects 100,000’s of claims and some offices may need to outsource some of their case development work Case Works is a great option whom we have worked with in the past and recommend.
Again we will make ref. if need to Case Works.
We welcome all questions and you contact me directly at jacob@xsocialmedia.com or Lucas@xsocialmedia.com and we will get your order in and setup your funnel to work in the most efficient way.
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Start a New Campaign with X Social Media from now until the end of March and we will provide you with 2 tickets to MTMP LIVE Las Vegas.
Ask your XSM rep for more info or email lucas@xsocialmedia.com to get started today. No minimum budget. Most clients start with a 10k test campaign.
Why do the nation’s top law firms use X Social Media?

 Watch this short video above to hear directly from Ben Crump, Anne Andrews and Mike Papantonio on why you should use X Social Media.

And don’t forget, we have no minimums to get started and most clients start with a small test. Your success is our success, let us share our years of expertise with you!
60-Day Average Pricing on Facebook & Digital TV
Full Service From Lead To Retainer. X Social Media & Partners

When you come to us with a new project, we set up the whole marketing funnel for you from advertising ads,  to landing pages, down to the signed retainer if you’d like (we suggest using professional intakes). In most cases, we can also arrange co-counsel for any given project and even financing. Just ask!

Our history of transparency and our network of industry partners means that you can trust X Social Media to grow your firm with quality retainers from our menu of existing campaigns or for your next custom project.

We simply charge a 15-20% management fee on your marketing budget to make all the marketing magic happen.

Contact us today to discover what we can do for your firm.

Please review average lead prices on our website. Xsocialmedia.com

Email: jacob@xsocialmedia.com     Call us: 888.670.0006
Visit our site to signup for a free consultation!
Becoming A Client Of X Social Media LLC

Getting started as a new client is easy. We will walk you through the process and you will have a dedicated team. We like to look at ourselves as an extension of your team!

We start with a test budget, we don’t need your full budget to start getting you cases. Typically, the test budgets range from as low as $5k to 50k. Your money is your money until it is spent!We simply charge a +15% management fee on the project budget, and a one-time setup fee of $1,000 per project, which covers your dedicated Landing pages and all the integrations, including our feedback loop integration to your CRM or intake.

We usually see three to five business days from order placed to campaign start, and your team will be responsible for approving all ads and images before ads are set live.

We look forward to hearing from your firm and assisting you with your client acquisition needs.
We are currently working with 350 plaintiff law firms, and we are happy to provide references in your area. We can also advise your firm on co-counsels if needed.
Website : xsocialmedia.com
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Update on Texas Power Failures + Upcoming MTMP Webinar Discussing Developments in Texas Power Grid Failures on March 11th

Posted on: March 2nd, 2021 by Marc P No Comments
Keep your eyes out for the upcoming signup for next week’s Special MTMP CONNECT Webinar which will cover the unfolding situation in Texas in regards to the power outages and damages which now include a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing from one of the power companies involved.

The expert panel will include Bill Robins from Robins Cloud, Brent Coon of Brent Coon & Associates, Anne Andrews of Andrews and Thornton & Josh Harris of Levin Papantonio.
You can sign up here to stay informed of every MTMP Connect Webinar: https://mtmp.com/webinar_category/mtmp-connect/ and official signup for this webinar will take place later this week.
Co-Counsel Partners:
Robins Cloud
Brent Coon & Associates
Parker Waichman
Fears Nachawati Law Firm
Watts Guerra LLP
Seeger Weiss
We will connect you to your preferred Co-Counsel or we will setup it up as your own campaign, whichever you prefer.
Funnel/Sign Up Process
Email Jay at jay@opusintake.com (Direct Signup for Social Media Advertising)
Email Scott at scottb@legalconversioncenter.com (For Digital TV Ad Buys)
Again we will make introductions and get you setup as XSM has a direct API connection setup already with OPUS intake and Legal Conversion Center. We can also work with other intakes of reputation as well if they are setup on our XSM Feedback Loop.
We do the standard advertising though Social Media and Apps on peoples phones where we get them to a landing page that asks them a few questions as normal and collects their personal information. Leads will then go straight to OPUS Intake where the client will receive an automatic text and will get a plaintiff fact sheet (With Disqualifiers) and if clients makes it though they will be presented with a Contract and HIPAA forms to sign up. After packet is done the fully signed package will go to Ref. law firm and to Co-Counsel. At this point Co-Counsel will start working up each individual case.
To me this is one of those moments when the next really big thing has come along so please do your own research and contact me directly at jacob@xsocialmedia.com or Lucas@xsocialmedia.com and we will get your order in and setup your funnel to work in the most efficient way.
LEGAL SUMMARY ON THE 2021 ENERGY FAILURES IN TEXAS DURING THE ARTIC FREEZE FROM BRENT COON & ASSOCIATES
OK folks.  Today is UTILITY LAW 101.  Back when I was in law school I had actually been hired prematurely to go to work for the regional energy company, ENTERGY, when I graduated.  Accordingly I took some courses suited for that arena, including regulatory law and utility law.  Fortunately (I guess anyway), I was hired away to go work for the good guys with the Plaintiff bar and rest is history…lol.

Anyway, much has passed since then with respect to how utilities work in Texas, and a number of other laws have passed in the interim, so I have had to go back to the books and see what the lay of the land is with respect to litigation associated to this major disaster.

The first question we always ask, is who can be sued and what types of cases are viable.

Unfortunately, right now it is a very fluid situation and there are very few definitive answers.  Already some lawyers have filed cases of one sort or the other, and in my opinion somewhat hoping for the best.

Here are the two basic types of cases to look at and I will provide some more insight into both.

First, we have a ton of businesses and residences shut down for a week or longer with freezing and subfreezing weather, many with no heat source due to loss of power.  As a result, pipes froze and water poured out everywhere when power was restored and/or the lines thawed out.    Do we have viable cases there.   YES.

1. We have direct action or first party cases for property damage.  Most policies have some deductible but otherwise are good cases to have with a Public Adjuster and/or contractor who can do a workup on the case and maximize the value. Granted some can get amicably resolved with a carrier without a lawyer, but many times lawyers need to step in.   Likewise, businesses not only have those types of damages, but also business interruption.  Many of these policies have a certain period of time before they kick in but worth looking at due to the extended nature of the shutdown.  We have a team of forensic analysists who work up these numbers.  Surprisingly many business owners don’t even think to look for interruption coverage on their polices, they just want to get opened back up and make up for lost time.

2. The energy sector may or may not be viable here as third party defendants.  Not only for the physical damages but consequential damages as well. All of this will be discussed further in more detail.   ERCOT is the statewide (for the most part) energy provider in charge of operating the power grid under the auspices of the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC)  but is also  a 501.C.4 non-profit.   Texas has provided significant sovereign immunity to agencies and a restrictive tort claims cap on just about everything else.  In addition, there is a Texas Charitable Immunity and Liability Act which may well provide another layer of protection to ERCOT.  Adding yet another layer of problems is the fact that ERCOT only oversees the grid, not the process itself and cannot force providers to properly winterize their equipment.

Second, we have tragic loss of life.   Those cases are going to face some difficulty under the present law, but there is certainly hope.  Some of the issues involving immunity of ERCOT and the utility system is in front of the Texas Supreme Court at this very minute.  See Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. v. Panda Power Generation Infrastructure Fund, LLC D/B/A Panda Power Funds, et al.  Essentially, the case stems from ERCOT’s urging Panda Power to build three power plants after the 2011 ice storm in Texas strained Texas electricity-generating capacity.  Panda Power spent more than 2 billion dollars to build the power plants, however, the demand for increased electricity generation did not materialize. Panda sued ERCOT for $2.7 billion alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. ERCOT claims that it has sovereign immunity. As such, the question before the Supreme Court is whether ERCOT, as a private nonprofit, is protected by sovereign immunity, which has yet to be determined.

Third, we have a myriad of other losses of all sorts directly or indirectly attributable to the widespread power outages.  Each has to be looked at individually with the issues pointed out above and below to take into consideration.

UTILITY COMPANY “PROVIDER” LIABILITY

Assuming that ERCOT has immunity as a sovereign governmental agency, lack of liablity, Tort Claims damage cap or even charitable immunity 501c4 nonprofit status, that leaves us primarily with the energy providers to the grid.

There are a number of tricky issues here.

1.  There  are 600 energy providers in the grid. Which ones performed and which ones didn’t have to be segregated out.
2. There is no REQUIREMENT in the ERCOT grid for any particular energy provider to perform at any particular level, so there is an argument right off the bat that since they had no duty to perform at a specific level, they had no duty to perform at ANY level.
3. A major portion of the consumers out there have “choice” electric provider agreements.  Those agreements usually have a standard provider contract with the customer with significant legal problems to address.  One, they have arbitration clauses, which are generally enforced in Texas. Two, they almost all have a “force majeure” clause, which basically states the utility is NOT liable for damages associated to a wide variety of weather conditions or other “acts of God” (or Budha, Allah or any other omnipotent being).
4. There are rumblings that some providers couldn’t get fuel (usually natural gas) to operate their plants because:
a.  The pressure in the lines allegedly fell below production limitations due problems in the distribution system (frozen lines, etc).
b.  The price point SPIKED to hundreds of times higher rates than normal, likely causing some buyers to hold off.  (not proven yet but likely).
c.  The pressure in the lines may well have fell also from direct consumer demand for natural gas for direct heating of HVAC systems, fireplaces, etc

PRICE GOUGING ALLEGATIONS

Many consumers have already been tagged for huge gas bills they ran up heating their homes through natural gas heaters/fireplaces, etc.   This seems like it has the makings of some sort of consumer fraud and unfair price gouging claims attached to it.  Arguably this falls under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act but the State has prosecuted wholesale price gouging issues in the past, typically associated to inflated prices for gas in shortages, water in emergencies, etc.

The problem here is that most consumers entered into FLOATING contracts, in which there is no set price for the energy.  The PUC used to strictly regulate prices and the energy providers had to petition for increases every year and it was reviewed on a performance basis.  Some number of years ago, the State decided to “open up” the energy sector to free enterprise capitalism.  This invited in our very own GRID system, ERCOT, rather than attaching to a more predictable and stable national grid with the Feds that every other state pretty much adheres to.   As a consequence, most contracts with providers acknowledge that the price is whatever it is, and is passed on directly to the retail consumer. So when fuel got scarce, demand hit the roof, the price then went THROUGH the roof.  Hundreds of times OVER the typical prices seen in a monthly cycle.  Residents used to seeing a $100 monthly bill are getting $10,000 dollar bills, and that is just for the one week.  Right now the Governor has egg on his face, as do most other state officials, so they are all saying that the providers cant force those payments right now, can’t disconnect, and can’t charge interest.  How that all shakes out is anyone’s business.

In the meantime, while there are legal hurdles to those claims, there may be a solution at the end of the day that includes some benefits to those who litigate.  It may be that the State steps in and makes some decision that impacts all that group and circumvents their ability to litigate. Again, a lot of political maneuvering will take place with this one.

Until we hear from the Supreme Court later in the year on the blanket immunity issues, our present plan is to help put together an MDL that addresses all these issues in an organized format.  Our firm is working with several other leading firms in this arena to file pleadings that follow the legal analysis mentioned above and try to steer clear of the rocks.

Due to the massive nature of these proceedings and the number of involved parties plaintiff and defendant, we see this one somewhat like the BP Oil Spill.  We were able to predict and maneuver over 99% of our 10,000 plus cases into a settlement on that one, probably much better than any other firm, by selectively analyzing with path was best for each type of case.  There should not be a cookie cutter analysis to cases with this much complexity. There will be a large number of cases from the private sector, consumers, businesses, and even other governmental units.  It is going to take some time to sort out, and a great deal of legal elbow grease.

VENUE ISSUES
As many of the providers are state of Texas entities, we are going to initially and primarily proceed on that format.  We have a class actions department, and will likely file one or more class actions in the near future. Note that the Federal Class Action Fairness Act may apply, and if it does, those will all likely either be filed in Federal Court or see them removed to Federal Court.   There are some arguments around it but again, time will tell.
-Brent W. Coon
Founder/CEO-Brent Coon & Associates National Law Firm
409.222.2222(w)
Brent@bcoonlaw.com;  www.bcoonlaw.com
PARTNERING WITH BCA
For additional information on partnering with Brent Coon & Associates, please contact Jay Jackson at Email: jay@bcoonlaw.com or By Phone: 312-656-3471
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Start a New Campaign with X Social Media from now until the end of March and we will provide you with 2 tickets to MTMP LIVE Las Vegas.
Ask your XSM rep for more info or email lucas@xsocialmedia.com to get started today. No minimum budget. Most clients start with a 10k test campaign.
Why do the nation’s top law firms use X Social Media?

 Watch this short video above to hear directly from Ben Crump, Anne Andrews and Mike Papantonio on why you should use X Social Media.

And don’t forget, we have no minimums to get started and most clients start with a small test. Your success is our success, let us share our years of expertise with you!
60-Day Average Pricing on Facebook & Digital TV
Full Service From Lead To Retainer. X Social Media & Partners

When you come to us with a new project, we set up the whole marketing funnel for you from advertising ads,  to landing pages, down to the signed retainer if you’d like (we suggest using professional intakes). In most cases, we can also arrange co-counsel for any given project and even financing. Just ask!

Our history of transparency and our network of industry partners means that you can trust X Social Media to grow your firm with quality retainers from our menu of existing campaigns or for your next custom project.

We simply charge a 15-20% management fee on your marketing budget to make all the marketing magic happen.

Contact us today to discover what we can do for your firm.

Please review average lead prices on our website. Xsocialmedia.com

Email: jacob@xsocialmedia.com     Call us: 888.670.0006
Visit our site to signup for a free consultation!
Becoming A Client Of X Social Media LLC

Getting started as a new client is easy. We will walk you through the process and you will have a dedicated team. We like to look at ourselves as an extension of your team!
We start with a test budget, we don’t need your full budget to start getting you cases. Typically, the test budgets range from as low as $5k to 50k. Your money is your money until it is spent!We simply charge a +15% management fee on the project budget, and a one-time setup fee of $1,000 per project, which covers your dedicated Landing pages and all the integrations, including our feedback loop integration to your CRM or intake.

We usually see three to five business days from order placed to campaign start, and your team will be responsible for approving all ads and images before ads are set live.

We look forward to hearing from your firm and assisting you with your client acquisition needs.
We are currently working with 350 plaintiff law firms, and we are happy to provide references in your area. We can also advise your firm on co-counsels if needed.
Website : xsocialmedia.com
X Social Media LLC
 Copyright 2020

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