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2021 Minnesota Water Safety

In 2020, The United States Coast Guard reported that boating deaths surged nearly 25 percent nationwide compared to 2019. The percentage of new boats sold to first-time buyers surged to 34 percent in 2020 due to the pandemic, while boating education plummeted. With the influx of new boaters enjoying the water again this summer, it’s safe to say 2021 will be just as busy.

RECALL: Philips Respironics issues recall due to issues with CPAP polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR)

Philips Respironics has recently issued a recall notification because of potential health risks associated with the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound reduction foam used in specific Philips Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

2019 Attorneys of the Year: Leonard Pozner/Sandy Hook defamation case

Leonard Pozner did not want to litigate whether a mass murder at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecti­cut, really happened in 2012. If James Fetzer and Alex Jones want to perpetrate that canard, Pozner refused to assist them.So Pozner, who lost his son Noah, sued Fetzer, the author of “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook,” for defamation for alleging in the book that Pozner released a false death certificate, a crime in Connecticut.Jake Zimmerman and Genevieve Zimmerman secured a damage verdict for $450,000 against Fetzer. They did not earn a fee for the case and paid the costs themselves, with the assis­tance of Genevieve’s firm, Meshbesher & Spence.

Army Veterans awarded $7.1M Over Defective 3M Earplugs

Three Army veterans have been awarded $7.1 million in damages over defective 3M earplugs. A federal jury in Florida found that 3M Co. failed to warn about design flaws in earplugs widely sold to the U.S. military that ultimately caused hearing loss. More than 230,000 service personnel have sued 3M, claiming that the manufacturer knew its Combat Arms earplugs (CAEv2) were defective and yet sold them anyway without warnings.

Bair Hugger Warming Devices Confirmed to be Source of Airborne Microbial Contamination

Dr McGrory recently conducted a pilot study at Maine Medical Center evaluating perioperative body temperature in patients undergoing total joint surgery.  All patients in the study received pre-operative warming at 41-degrees Celcius with 3M’s Bair Hugger forced air warmer and intraoperatively they received warm cotton blankets out of common blanket warmers and in-line IV fluid warming with 3M’s Ranger fluid warming device. This podcast provides valuable information regarding the controversy surrounding Bair Hugger and unpacks related Bair Hugger legal battles, medical literature, and corporate competition.

Genevieve Zimmerman named Minnesota Lawyer Power30 Personal Injury Lawyer

For about a year, we’ve been wearing masks covering our face to protect us from airborne transmission of COVID-19. The shortage of masks and other protective gear for health care practitioners raised vehement alarms throughout the country. News accounts have demonstrated how the virus moves through the air.

Josh Tuchscherer named Minnesota Lawyer Power30 Personal Injury Lawyer

It can be a problem getting information from plaintiffs’ personal injury lawyers because so many cases — especially high-value cases — are subject to confidentiality agreements. And medical malpractice may be synonymous with high value.

Have you been harmed by the Paragard intrauterine device (IUD)?

Nearly two thousand women have reported their Paragard IUD breaking, causing health complications and the need for additional corrective surgery.

Honors and Awards

As a top priority to be an informed advocate for our clients, we are constantly engaging in continuing education and networks founded in best practices, yet pushing for future progress. To be recognized for the work we do on behalf of our clients is an unmatched honor. Thank you to the legal community and our peers for your recognition and support.