Wilkinson Walsh Wins Another Decisive Victory for Bayer in Xarelto Trial

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WW+E’s Brian Stekloff Led the Team to Its Fourth Xarelto Win Washington, D.C. – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, led by Founding Partner Brian Stekloff, won the second state-court bellwether trial over the blood-thinner Xarelto when the jury rejected claims against Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals. WW+E Partners Lori Alvino McGill and Jeremy Barber also served as counsel for Bayer in the trial. The plaintiff in the Russell case alleged that Bayer and Janssen were liable for claims that the Xarelto label did not adequately instruct doctors on the risks of bleeding associated with the anticoagulant Xarelto. According to Law360, the Philadelphia jury “rejected claims that warnings labels for the … drug left out key information about the increased risk the drug posed when combined with antiplatelet medications.” Previously, WW+E secured two full defense verdicts for Bayer in similar cases in the federal multi-district litigation in Louisiana. …

Independent Review Panel Releases Interim Report on Integrity Issues Facing Professional Tennis

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WW+E Assists Panel Reviewing Allegations of Match-Fixing and Betting-Related Corruption Washington, D.C. – An Independent Review Panel tasked with reviewing betting-related integrity issues facing professional tennis released its interim report and record of evidence and analysis, finding that “tennis faces a serious integrity problem” and that “no level of professional tennis is immune from betting-related and other breaches of integrity.” The interim report specifically notes that “the problem is particularly acute and pervasive at the lower levels.” Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson served on the three-person panel, which was appointed by the organizations responsible for governing professional tennis, including the ATP, the WTA, the ITF, and the Grand Slam Board. WW+E Founding Partner Sean Eskovitz provided substantial assistance during the course of the review. The independent panel was commissioned after a 2016 report from BuzzFeed and the BBC alleged “evidence of widespread match-fixing by players at the …

Benchmark Names Beth Wilkinson Trial Lawyer Of The Year

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WW+E’s Work On Georgia-Pacific Case Also Recognized By Benchmark WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson has been named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Benchmark Litigation 2018. Benchmark Litigation also awarded WW+E the National Impact Case Award for its role in winning summary judgment for Georgia-Pacific in a multi-billion dollar class action in Chicago federal court alleging Sherman Act violations by the largest manufacturers in the containerboard and corrugated products industries. The Trial Lawyer of the Year award is the latest in a series of accolades honoring Beth and WW+E, which Benchmark named the 2017 “Boutique Firm of the Year.” Since founding WW+E less than two years ago, Beth has notched a string of standout trial victories, been honored and recognized for her and WW+E’s various successes, and built the firm into a boutique powerhouse while mentoring the next generation of trial lawyers. Last year, Beth …

Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Adds James Rosenthal as Partner

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Rosenthal brings his extensive complex litigation experience and class-action expertise to top boutique trial firm WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz today announced the addition of James Rosenthal as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. Rosenthal is an experienced class action litigator who has handled numerous complex and high-stakes matters, most recently as Vice President & Associate General Counsel at Altria Client Services. “While I was in house counsel, I had the opportunity to retain Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz lawyers to try class actions, and I was always impressed with their brilliant trial skills, creativity, and teamwork,” said Rosenthal. “In a very short period of time they have built a top-tier high stakes litigation boutique, and I am thrilled to join them in my return to private practice.” During his six years at Altria Client Services, James managed the class action litigation facing the Altria family of companies, including Philip Morris USA. …

CFPB Dismisses Enforcement Action Against Wilkinson Walsh Tribal Client

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WASHINGTON – On January 18, 2018, the CFPB announced the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against the economic development arms of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a sovereign Indian Nation based in California.  The Tribe had retained WW+E in February 2017, shortly after the Tribe was first contacted by the CFPB, to serve as lead counsel in the event the Bureau decided to bring an enforcement action against its economic development arms, which provide loans over the internet to customers throughout the country who freely consent to tribal jurisdiction as a condition of obtaining their loans. In April 2017, the CFPB sued the tribal arms in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, claiming that the loans they originate violate federal law and regulations because they allegedly violate the laws of several different states. WW+E’s team moved to transfer the case to the U.S. District Court …

Experienced Defense Attorney Kieran Gostin Promoted To WW+E Counsel

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WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz today announced that Kieran Gostin has been promoted to Counsel effective January 1, 2018. Since joining WW+E as an associate, Kieran has used his breadth of experience representing government and corporate clients to secure major victories for WW+E’s clients. Kieran most recently helped Bayer win the first state-court bellwether trial over the blood-thinner Xarelto; the trial court entered judgment for Bayer and Janssen notwithstanding a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff.  He also played a significant role in helping Bayer obtain victories in the first two federal MDL trials relating to Xarelto, with both juries returning complete defense verdicts in under two hours. Kieran’s promotion is a testament to the considerable talent WW+E has amassed in under two years and the ongoing expansion of the firm.  Since its inception, WW+E has grown to nearly 40 lawyers and has quickly established itself as the …

Wilkinson Walsh Wins Victory for Bayer in First State-Court Xarelto Trial

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WASHINGTON – On January 9, 2018, Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, led by Founding Partners Beth Wilkinson and Alexandra Walsh, won the first state-court bellwether trial over the blood-thinner Xarelto when the trial court entered judgment for Bayer and Janssen notwithstanding a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff.  Wilkinson and WW+E had previously secured two full defense verdicts for Bayer in similar cases in the federal multi-district litigation in Louisiana. In December 2017, a jury in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas awarded nearly $28 million to plaintiff Lynn Hartman in a lawsuit that alleged that Bayer and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals were liable for claims that the Xarelto label did not adequately instruct doctors on the risks of bleeding associated with the anticoagulant Xarelto.  Bayer and Janssen then filed motions for judgment notwithstanding the verdict and a new trial.  The motions raised two key points (among many …

Law360 MVP: Wilkinson Walsh’s Beth Wilkinson

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Law360, New York — Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz PLLC’s Beth Wilkinson only co-founded her firm a year ago, and she and her team have already scored major victories defending Georgia Pacific from a $10 billion antitrust suit and winning the first two trials in the high-stakes Xarelto litigation, securing her a place as one of Law360’s 2017 Trials MVPs. The story is available here. Her biggest accomplishment this year: Wilkinson said that despite the many trial and motion victories her young firm has notched up this past year, her biggest accomplishment is undoubtedly the founding of Wilkinson Walsh itself back in January. “The building of our firm and the incredibly talented people we’ve managed to get together to work on these cases has been nothing short of amazing,” Wilkinson said. “We started with 17 lawyers and now we’re at 40, and we’re already taking on big, bet-the-company cases that people normally think only BigLaw can …

Talented Litigator Rakesh Kilaru Elected To WW+E Partnership

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WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz today announced that Rakesh Kilaru has been elected to the partnership effective January 1, 2018. Since joining WW+E, Rakesh has brought his considerable legal skills and strategic judgment to bear for many of WW+E’s clients, including Georgia Pacific LLP, the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, and the NCAA.  Among many other matters, Rakesh played a key role in helping Georgia Pacific win summary judgment in August 2017 in an antitrust class action claiming over $10 billion in damages. Rakesh’s hiring and promotion continues WW+E’s impressive expansion; in under two years, the firm has grown to nearly 40 lawyers and has quickly established itself as the leading boutique trial firm in the country. Rakesh is the firm’s 10th partner. “I couldn’t be more excited to join the supremely talented partnership at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz,” said Mr. Kilaru. “It’s been thrilling to work alongside the …

Five WW+E Associates Honored by DC Volunteer Lawyers Project For Exceptional Advocacy

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Washington, D.C. – The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) recently honored five Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz associates as DCVLP’s Domestic Relations Branch Volunteers of the Year, recognizing their dedication on behalf of victims of domestic abuse and their children.   The DCVLP honorees were WW+E associates Hal Brewster, Cali Cope-Kasten, Ash Jamali, Meg Loftus, and Kirsten Nelson. Ash, Meg, and Kirsten were honored for a significant trial victory earlier this year.  Working with DCVLP and under the supervision of partner Jeremy Barber, they prevailed in securing for their pro bono client full physical and legal custody over her two young children.  WW+E’s client divorced her husband in 2015 after suffering months of domestic abuse. In January 2017, her ex-husband (the plaintiff) filed a lawsuit seeking primary custody of their two children, falsely claiming that she had effectively kidnapped the children when she moved from the District of Columbia to Maryland. At …