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The defamation lawsuit filed by actor Johnny Depp against his ex-wife Amber Heard has been making regular headlines across the country for the last few weeks. The case is irresistibly compelling for many obvious reasons. Depp and Heard are both major movie stars and the case involves allegations of abuse, infidelity (with other famous people), and, relationship drama.

In this post, we will provide a legal breakdown of the case including the relevant factual allegation, the legal claims, and the potential outcomes. We will also offer our prediction for the most likely outcome of the trial and why.

Backstory Behind the Johnny Depp Amber Heard Lawsuit

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Cowboys star wide receiver CeeDee Lamb was sued last week by a sports memorabilia and trading card company after Lamb allegedly breach a contract with the company by failing to autograph a certain number of player cards.

The lawsuit drew some attention because sports memorabilia companies rarely sued players for this sort of thing.

Literally, since I started writing this piece,  the lawsuit became moot. Yesterday afternoon the memorabilia company announced on Twitter that Lamb had fulfilled his obligations under the contract.   Because often filing a lawsuit is what is needed to wake someone up who is not fulfilling their obligations.  But I finished the post because it is a good story.

NFL star quarterback Deshaun Watson is defending civil tort lawsuits filed by 22 women who allege that Watson sexually assaulted them during private massage sessions. After Harris County declined to pursue criminal charges against Watson, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns who promptly gave him a new fully guaranteed contract worth $230 million.

In the wake of the Watson trade and his new blockbuster contract, many people are wondering if he will opt to settle the civil lawsuits and how much that settlement might be. In this post, we will offer an analysis of the potential settlement value of the Deshaun Watson sexual assault lawsuits.

Our estimated settlement value for the Deshaun Watson civil lawsuits is between $1.5 to $2.5 million for each plaintiff for a total of $33-55 million. The basis for this estimated settlement amount is spelled out in this post.

The bellwether test trials in the 3M earplugs litigation began about 15 months ago. These trials were held to evaluate the relative strength of the earplug lawsuits against 3M and give both sides an idea of what to expect if all of the cases went to trial.

Massive Beal Verdict Was Final MDL Punch

Last Friday, the 16th and final bellwether trial ended with a bang for the plaintiffs. A federal jury in Pensacola, Florida awarded $77.5 million to Army veteran James Beal. This was the largest amount awarded to an individual bellwether plaintiff so far.

Parents of new babies in many parts of the country are having a hard time finding infant formulas such as Similac and Enfamil in February 2022. The supply chain problems that are currently hampering the U.S. economy have created a very acute shortage of infant formula, resulting in empty shelves and understandably stressed and concerned parents.


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May 11, 2022: The baby formula shortage continues to get worse with inventories reportedly down at their lowest point. This week, a number of the nation’s top retailers, including Costco, CVS, Walgreens, and Target, have announced strict rules limiting the amount of formula that individual customers can purchase. The infant formula shortage has recently been made even worse in March when Abbott Laboratories was forced to recall Similac and EleCare formula products after a dangerous bacteria contamination was discovered at its facility in Sturgis, MI.

Our lawyers are helping victims who want to bring a Gardasil HVP vaccine lawsuit throughout the United States.

Gardasil is a vaccine intended to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) which can sometimes lead to cervical cancer in women. Gardasil was developed by the embattled pharmaceutical company Merck & Co.

Merck obtained FDA approval for Gardasil back in 2006 based on deceptive research and clinical trials which misrepresented the efficacy of the vaccine while concealing its safety risks and side effects. Merck then launched an aggressive and highly misleading marketing campaign to include millions of parents to vaccinate their pre-teen daughters with Gardasil.

Our lawyers are handling Taxotere eye injury lawsuits throughout the United States for women with permanently watery eyes from docetaxel.

Taxotere (docetaxel) is a widely used breast cancer chemotherapy drug. New evidence has emerged showing that Taxotere may be causing some users to suffer permanent vision loss or damage.

This has led to a wave of product liability Taxotere lawsuits by women who claim that Taxotere damaged their eyesight. The manufacturer of Taxotere, Sanofi, allegedly knew about the risk of vision damage but chose not to warn doctors or patients about this risk.

Last week, the 15th bellwether trial concluded in the 3M earplug mass tort MDL. The case featured in this round was Jonathan Vaughn v. 3M Co., et al. (7:20-cv-134). After the standard 2-week trial (which has become a familiar format in the earplug bellwether cases), the jury found in favor of the plaintiff on all counts, rejected all of 3M’s affirmative defenses, and awarded $2.2 million in damages. The last trial in phase 1 of the bellwether cases will start next week.


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Our attorneys are handling claims for victims seeking to file an Exactech recall lawsuit in all 50 states.

Exactech is a major manufacturer of orthopedic implants used in joint replacement surgery. Exactech is now recalling all of its implants that were used in total ankle replacement procedures since 2016.

These implants are being recalled because a packaging defect has made them susceptible to premature failure causing patients to suffer severe pain and undergo corrective surgery.

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