DePuy ASR Lawsuit News: Federal Court Extends Deadline on Tolling Agreements for Non-Revision Plaintiffs, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

New York, New York (PRWEB) December 28, 2014

The federal court overseeing thousands of DePuy ASR hip lawsuits ( has extended the deadline by which non-revision plaintiffs must decide to enter into a tolling agreement with Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to an Order posted December 24th on the website for the U.S. District Court, Northern District Ohio, such plaintiffs must now notify the Court by January 31, 2015 if they intend to continue with their case or voluntarily dismiss their lawsuit. Per an earlier court Order, plaintiffs who opt for voluntarily dismissal would enter into a tolling agreement with the defendants that would call for the refiling of their claim should they require revision of their ASR hip implant in the future.* (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2197)

“We are representing numerous plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits in this proceeding. As non-revision plaintiffs are not eligible to participate in the settlement program announced last year, entering into a tolling agreement may be a viable option for these individuals,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices.

The Firm continues to offer free legal evaluations to individuals who allegedly experienced metallosis, chronic pain, disability, premature hip implant failure, and other serious complications allegedly related to devices included in the DePuy ASR recall.

DePuy ASR Litigation

According to court documents, the DePuy ASR hip recall was announced in August 2010, after data indicated that the metal-on-metal hips were failing at an unacceptably high rate within just five years of implantation. Since then, thousands of product liability claims have been filed in state and federal courts on behalf of individuals who allegedly suffered serious complications due to their ASR hips, most of which have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation established in the Northern District of Ohio.

Last November, the Court announced the establishment of the DePuy ASR settlement program, which could ultimately resolve the majority of cases pending in state and federal courts. However, those eligible to participate in the program were limited to DePuy ASR recipients who underwent revision surgery to replace their implant due to a recall-related reason prior to August 31, 2013.

Individuals who allegedly suffered serious complications related to the DePuy ASR recall may be entitled to compensation for their injury-related damages. To learn more about the DePuy ASR litigation, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For a free, no obligation case review, please call the Firm directly at 800-511-5092.

*, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, December 24, 2014

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $ 3 billion on behalf of our clients. The Firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the Plaintiffs’ Hot List, recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country, for the past 12 consecutive years. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is the only firm in the country to be named to this prestigious list every year since it was first published in 2003.

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Neurosurgeon Scott Meyer, MD Saves NJ Resident from Possible Paralysis Due to Degenerative Disc Disease

Morristown, NJ (PRWEB) December 23, 2014

“You are at risk of becoming a quadriplegic.” Imagine hearing these words when your only symptoms prior to that day were not much more than a stiff neck? That’s exactly what happened to 32- year- old Joseph Chiarella of East Hanover, NJ. Mr. Chiarella started to feel neck discomfort back in early June, but he brushed it off, attributing it to sleeping or sitting in the wrong position. After all, he never had an injury or accident in his life. Over the course of a few months, his pain would increase and other symptoms began to arise, like numbness in hands, arms, fingers, and eventually into his chest and legs.

On Saturday October 18th, Chiarella woke up in such serious pain that it took him almost an hour to get out of bed. As the day progressed, so did his symptoms, which led to lack of control over his limbs. By the time he met Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS) spine surgeon Scott Meyer in the ER, he was terrified about his condition. After reviewing the patient’s MRI and performing a neurologic exam on him, Dr. Meyer knew time was of the essence. “Mr. Chiarella suffered from cervical disc herniations compressing his spinal cord and had rapidly progressing symptoms. He had already lost most of the function in his lower extremities. Without moving quickly and removing the discs that were applying pressure to the spinal cord, Mr. Chiarella ran the real risk of permanently losing movement and feeling in his limbs. Surgery could potentially restore the function he had lost that day and prevent him from not being able to walk or use his hands at all for the rest of his life. I operated as soon as possible performing an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.”

How does a 32 –year- old suffer from degenerative disc disease? “While the disease itself is seen more commonly in older patients where symptoms may develop gradually, younger patients can acutely develop symptoms when a large disc herniates from the disc space,” says Dr. Meyer. “In Mr. Chiarella’s case, there was no specific traumatic event that led to this injury. He likely had moderate degenerative changes and more disc material herniated acutely, leading to rapid neurologic deterioration.”

Degenerative disc disease is a term used to describe the loss of fluid in your discs. Discs that were once soft and compressible break down, or degenerate. Tears in the disc’s outer layer allow the gel-filled material normally inside the discs to escape, causing the disc to bulge or leave the disc space entirely. In the cervical spine this can lead to spinal cord compression.

After spending a couple days in the hospital and a stay in Atlantic Rehab Institute for a week, Mr. Chiarella completed his physical and occupational therapy and was released to go home to his family, including his 3 -year-old daughter, Isabella Rose. He is able to walk on his own and use his hands.

“I want to thank Dr. Meyer,” says Mr. Chiarella. “I am so thankful for my health and he was instrumental in my diagnosis and treatment. I was faced with a lot in a short amount of time and Dr. Meyer really comforted me and walked me through every decision that had to be made. He made me feel at ease, was very explanatory, and I appreciated his knowledge and training in new techniques and technology that allowed me to go home to my little girl, Isabella Rose. She means the world to me.”

For more information about ANS and Dr. Meyer, visit or call 973.285.7800

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Aubrey Daniels International Offers Blitz Precision Learning to Help Organizations Accelerate Learning and Extend Retention

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

Aubrey Daniels International(ADI), a leading workplace consultancy, today announced that it is providing organizations an opportunity to license Blitz® Precision Learning, a Web-based training and evaluation program that increases the return on training investments.

“Blitz not only enables organizations to train more efficiently than most other training options,” said ADI President and CEO Tom Spencer, Ph.D., “but more importantly, Blitz ensures that the learning is retained long after training has ended.

“Organizations often commit significant resources to training initiatives every year, frequently with little impact,” Spencer said. “Much corporate training wastes time and money because it only builds awareness. Even effective training programs typically only develop mastery—the ability to demonstrate learning with few or no errors, at the time of training. This limited approach neglects the next step, which is building fluency—the ability to recall learning and apply it accurately and without hesitation, long after the training. As a result, employees aren’t optimally efficient or effective, errors and accidents occur, and retraining is needed.”

Spencer said fluency is critical because it enables employees to instantly transfer what they have learned so they can handle complex situations without hesitation, which is particularly important in jobs that involve distractions and pressure.

“Far from a classroom, employees may be on a shop floor, on a sales call or in a call center,” Spencer said. “They don’t have time to check a manual and can’t afford to guess.”

Accessible from a computer or a tablet, Blitz provides self-paced learning that includes learner-specific measurement and goal setting, graphic feedback, and frequent reinforcement on the accuracy and speed of responding. A community page offers support, discussion and optional leaderboards for additional reinforcement and recognition.

Blitz has earned Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI) 1.1 certification, meaning Blitz lessons can be integrated easily with popular LTI-certified Learning Management Systems, such as Moodle and Blackboard. It can accommodate the full range of training needs, from onboarding to refresher learning, to sharing new or updated information.

Blitz is available through user-based licensing agreements. It may be implemented as a stand-alone training and evaluation system or combined with other training methods in a blended learning approach.

Please find additional information on Blitz here.

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About Aubrey Daniels International

Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Atlanta, Aubrey Daniels International (ADI) works globally with a diverse spectrum of clients, including many of the Fortune 500. It helps accelerate the business and safety performance of companies worldwide by using positive, practical approaches grounded in the science of behavior and engineered to ensure long-term sustainability. ADI supports its clients in driving strategy execution while fostering employee engagement and positive accountability at all levels of an organization.

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Car Insurance Quotes Provide Opportunities for Analyzing The Insurance Market!

(PRWEB) December 11, 2014 has released a new blog post explaining how to analyze the insurance market by comparing auto insurance quotes.

Clients can use car insurance quotes to analyze the online insurance market. This will help them find low cost policies that provide good financial protection for their vehicles. An insurance policy can now be purchased online.

Quotes provide information about the cost of a policy, its length and the coverage amount it provides. Having financial protection for a vehicle is very important and in many states it is also compulsory to carry limited liability coverage.

Its legal status should not be the only reason drivers buy car insurance. Instead, drivers should think of a policy as an investment: an investment in the safety and security of their car. In case of an accident, a plan can provide important benefits. is an online provider of life, home, health, and auto insurance quotes. This website is unique because it does not simply stick to one kind of insurance provider, but brings the clients the best deals from many different online insurance carriers. In this way, clients have access to offers from multiple carriers all in one place: this website. On this site, customers have access to quotes for insurance plans from various agencies, such as local or nationwide agencies, brand names insurance companies, etc. is owned by Internet Marketing Company.

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Tyler Threehouse Joins William Mattar, P.C.

Buffalo, New York (PRWEB) December 09, 2014

William Mattar, P.C. proudly announces the addition of attorney Tyler Threehouse to their firm.

About Tyler Threehouse

Tyler Threehouse has a B.A. in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, and minors in Pre-Law and Criminal Justice from Daemen College. Mr. Threehouse also attended the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. Mr. Threehouse was named a Daemen College Trustee Scholar and completed internships at the Erie County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, Inc. and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Assistant Chief Counsel. He has been admitted to practice in the state of New York. He chose to become a lawyer in order to help people in need when they are faced with the task of seeking justice through the legal system and looks forward to helping those in need to find solutions to their problems.

About William Mattar, P.C.

William Mattar P.C. has been focusing on auto injury cases since 1990. The firm represents those seriously injured in motor vehicle and truck accidents, serving clients across New York State including the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, and Albany regions. To reach the William Mattar Immediate Response Team, call 444-4444 or to find out more about the firm, visit

William Mattar, P.C. • 6720 Main Street, Williamsville, NY • 716-444-4444

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Comal Independent School District Kicks Off ATRS Clothing & Shoe Recycling Drive for December

San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) December 05, 2014

This month the Comal Independent School District kicks off a 22 school wide clothing and shoe recycling fundraiser with American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS). Students, teachers, friends and family from each school will bring gently used, outgrown, out of season and unwanted clothes, shoes, toys and household textiles for recycling to benefit charitable programs and services.

Comal ISD and ATRS have partnered to create a strong cross marketing campaign using technology to educate students about the importance of textile recycling. Public Service Announcements are playing on the hallway monitors at each school facility, reminders appear on the schools’ online portals and social media posts highlight the types of items suitable for donation.

The Comal ISD Clothing and Shoe Recycling Drive will mark the largest onsite fundraising commitment to date through the ATRS Cares initiative geared at creating unique, easy and convenient funding opportunities for schools, churches and local groups to support charitable programs through textile recycling. Every pound collected from each of the 22 schools will be weighed and will generate revenue for CISD and local charity Center On Independent Living (COIL). The textiles will be graded and sorted by ATRS and categorized for reuse, redistribution or recycling.

“We’re very proud to expand our community fundraising outreach through partnerships with CISD and other school districts in Central Texas,” says Todd Norris ATRS Market Manager in San Antonio, “We are parents too and believe in educating students and inspiring a whole new generation of environmental advocates to protect our earth in the years to come.”

Community members, neighbors and businesses are invited to support the ATRS Cares Comal ISD fundraising program by cleaning out their closets for the holidays, bagging up unwanted, gently used clothing, shoes and household textiles and dropping them off at these participating campus locations:

Bill Brown Elementary School

Clear Spring Elementary

Freiheit Elementary School

Garden Ridge Elementary School

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Rebecca Creek Elementary School

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Smithson Valley Middle School

American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) is the nation’s fastest growing textile recycler and an official recycling partner of The Competitor Group. Its socially responsible business model provides free textile recycling solutions for the public, job stimulation worldwide and much-needed funding for worthy local charities. Easy, convenient ATRS Recyclers are available throughout San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Galveston and Beaumont TX, Southern California, Atlanta, Orlando, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson AZ, Michigan, Oklahoma, Colorado and Tennessee. For press inquires contact pr(at)atrsonline(dot)com.

Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven tops Reem Acra leg at Stockholm

(PRWEB UK) 1 December 2014

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven steered Don Auriello to victory in today’s fourth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Western European League at Stockholm in Sweden. In yesterday’s Grand Prix it was Hans Peter Minderhoud who came out on top with Glock’s First when posting a personal best score. In today’s Freestyle however the Dutchman had to settle for runner-up spot while Sweden’s Minna Telde and Santana sealed third spot.

“I’m really pleased,” said six-time Olympian Vilhelmson-Silfven this afternoon. “He (Don Auriello) was in over-drive yesterday in the Grand Prix because this is our first show since the World Championships and he was a feeling a bit too happy! Today I was maybe a little bit careful, but anyway I’m delighted with our result!” she said.

New venue

The fixture was staged at a new venue, the Friends Arena which is the Swedish national football stadium located just north of the city of Stockholm. With its retractable roof and vast amount of space it converted into an excellent equestrian sports arena that accommodated a wide range of activity throughout this week’s Swedish International Horse Show, including a thrilling indoor cross-country competition.

The atmosphere for Dressage is always expected to be considerably more reserved, but the home crowd couldn’t contain their delight with Minna Telde’s performance from the great Santana who really turned on the style. The 13-year-old horse is always a favourite for the courage he has shown since losing an eye in an accident some years ago. And with a Christmas-themed musical score and a real spring in his step he strutted his way through a lovely test that finished with his rider doing one-handed passage up the centre line to the rhythm of spectator’s applause. When the judge’s score of 75.550 went up on the board there was an even bigger explosion of excitement, but there was plenty more to come.

Fourth-last to go was Vilhelmson-Silfven, and the elegant Don Auriello raised the bar by a long margin when earning a mark of 80.875 as three of the four Ground Jury members put the pair in pole position. And Grand Prix winners, Minderhoud and Glock’s Flirt, couldn’t out-do them this time, posting 79.250 for runner-up spot.

Very happy

“I’ve scored 84 before in Freestyle so this isn’t our biggest result ever, but I’m very happy!” said Vilhelmson-Silfven afterwards. The 47-year-old Swede spent much of last winter in America, and she’s planning to do the same this time around. “I’m leaving for Florida on 21st December again so I’m not sure about qualifying for the Final,” she pointed out. “I can only count one World Cup qualifier over there and I missed Odense (the first leg of the current Western European League series) so I’m not sure it’s going to happen,” she explained.

Second-placed Minderhoud said he was very pleased with his ride today. “I knew it would be difficult to beat Tinne if she was on form, even though I made no mistakes” he pointed out. Talking about Glock’s Flirt he continued, “he is very easy to train and not spooky so that always makes them easier to deal with”, and he’s hoping to make it to the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2014/2015 in Las Vegas, USA next April. “I’d really like to get there, but only three riders from each nation can compete and we have quite a few good ones!” he said.


Minna Telde was delighted with the reaction of the crowd today. “Yesterday Santana was more tense but today he stayed calm and listened to me. This new music is great and I will ride it again in London if I can” said the 39-year-old who, however, definitely doesn’t have the Las Vegas Finals in her sights as she is expecting a new addition to the family next April.

Today’s winner was also very pleased with the result achieved by young German rider, 20-year-old Sonke Rothenberger, who lined up fourth with Favourit, a horse she took to two European Championships before selling it on to the German family two years ago.

“I’m very happy that Sonke is doing so well with him (Favourit) and that he is in a good place and being well cared for” Vilhelmson-Silfven said.

Meanwhile Minderhoud has now moved up to fifth in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Western European League standings which are headed by Germany’s Fabienne Lutkemeier followed by two-time champion Adelinde Cornelissen from The Netherlands who shares second place with Denmark’s Agnete Kirk Thinggaard and Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl.

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