On March 31, 2010, Pfizer disclosed that it has paid $20 million to doctors and researchers for consulting and speaking in the last six months of 2009. The figure does not include monies paid to others outside of the United States. This is the first public accounting of the amount of money paid to persons who may be recommending drugs to patients. However, the amount has not been audited by any outside agencies.
On April 21, 2010, Chicago Injury Lawyer Tim Cavanagh, an Illinois Leading Lawyer and Super Lawyer, will speak at the Law Bulletin Seminar "Making Your Case: Courtroom Visuals." The four hour conference featuring some of the top trial lawyers in town will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Cavanagh will discuss courtroom strategies utilized in winning the $13.7 million verdict in Czapski v. Maher, the $55 million verdict in Velarde v. Canadian National Railroad and the $2 million verdict in Santillana v. City of Chicago. For information on the Seminar, go to http://www.lawbulletin.com/legal/law-bulletin-seminars/courtroom-visuals---apr-21.
Cavanagh Law Group is pleased to announce that Benjeman Nichols has joined the firm as an associate. Mr. Nichols concentrates his practice in plaintiff's personal injury law, including medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability and wrongful death. Before joining Cavanagh Law Group, Mr. Nichols defended physicians, hospitals, and corporations with the national law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP. Mr. Nichols experience representing doctors and hospitals will benefit the clients of Cavanagh Law Group, who have been the victims of medical malpractice.
Four women were killed in a one car crash in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 6, 2010. At 2 a.m. a Pontiac sedan was headed westbound on Garfield Avenue at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway and struck a tree. Chicago police and fire paramedics responded to the scene. The car was nearly unrecognizable due to the damage from the high speed impact with the tree. Chicago police are investigating.
In the early morning hours of Friday, March 5, 2010, a bus operated by Tierra Santa Tours, Inc. rammed another vehicle, crossed the center line and rolled over killing six and injuring sixteen in Arizona. The bus was transporting passengers on its trip from Mexico to Los Angeles. The crash occurred on interstate 10 in Pinal County, south of Phoenix. Federal investigators have determined that the California bus company was operating the bus illegally because it didn't have the authority to operate over state lines.