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Parker Waichman LLP Partner to Take a Lead Role in Denture Cream Lawsuits

Jul 16, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

A partner in the law firm of Parker Waichman LLP, and a partner in Morgan & Morgan P.A, were appointed Co-Lead Counsel to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Denture Cream Products Liability Litigation.   

Parker Waichman has consistently obtained large verdicts and multi-million dollar settlements for their clients. Just this week Parker Waichman LLP received a 60 million dollar verdict in the New York State Supreme Court, Bronx County for their client.

Lawsuits against the makers of zinc-containing denture creams have been consolidated in a Multidistrict Litigation, and transferred to the Southern District of Florida (MDL 2051).  This litigation is based on the premise that some denture creams/adhesives - including Fixodent ® and PoliGrip ® - contain zinc, which in excess, can deplete copper levels in the body and lead to serious neurological problems.  A small amount of zinc is necessary for a balanced diet. However, being exposed to an excessive amount of zinc can result in serious negative adverse neurological effects. In August 2008, the peer reviewed journal, "Neurology" reported on four patients suffering from neuropathy and other neurological symptoms typical of zinc poisoning and copper depletion.  It was determined that excess use of denture cream could have been responsible for their symptoms.

In an order filed on July 13, 2009, Judge Cecilia Altonaga, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida appointed as Lead Counsel to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Denture Cream Products Liability Litigation, a partner in Parker Waichman LLP, and a partner in Morgan & Morgan P.A.

Co-Lead Counsel’s responsibility is to represent the interests of all plaintiffs who have alleged injury, or damages, as a result of using one or more of the various denture cream products on the market today.  They will coordinate the activities of plaintiffs during pretrial proceedings and control, administer, and supervise the litigation.

Parker Waichman LLP is a leading national law firm concentrating primarily in negligence and personal injury matters, mass torts, defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices, products liability, construction and consumer litigation.  The firm has offices in Florida, New York and New Jersey, and represents plaintiffs nationwide.

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