Category: Law & Lawsuits

Arsenault to Speak at Hip Implant Litigation ConferenceArsenault to Speak at Hip Implant Litigation Conference

Richard Arsenault, senior partner of Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, has accepted an invitation to speak at this weekend’s g DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Litigation Conference in Louisville, KY. The conference is sponsored by HarrisMartin Publishing and takes place on the eve of the the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation’s hearing on a motion to consolidate the nation’s Pinnacle Hip cases.

Arsenault, who holds a spot on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) for the DePuy ASR Hip litigation, is a veteran of class actions and complex litigation. He will present “Multidistrict Status Update” along with David R. Cohen, a Federal Special Master from Cleveland, OH; and Lawrence L. Jones, II, of Jones Ward PLC in Louisville, KY.

Arsenault’s firm is actively investigating claims against DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, for potentially faulty hip implants. He and his partners are frequent speakers and chairs of litigation conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Additionally, Arsenault is a recognized author, is frequently quoted by national news media, and will being teaching Advanced Litigation courses at LSU’s Paul M. Herbert Law Center this fall.

Richard J. Arsenault Chairs Darvon/Darvocet Recall Litigation ConferenceRichard J. Arsenault Chairs Darvon/Darvocet Recall Litigation Conference

Darvocet Recall Litigation Conference

On Friday, Richard J. Arsenault chaired HarrisMartin Publishing’s Darvon/Darvocet Recall Litigation Conference in New Orleans. Arsenault oversaw and helped organize the legal conference, which attracted nearly 20 speakers and 100 attorneys from across the country.

A veteran of class action and complex litigation, Arsenault’s firm is actively involved in the pending lawsuits against the makers of the recalled painkillers, and continues to investigate additional claims.

Darvon, Darvocet and other forms of propoxyphene where pulled from the U.S. market by the FDA in November 2010 because of serious, potentially fatal heart-related problems and overdose risks, which were determined to outweighed the drugs’ benefit.

Chalmette Refinery Release 2,000 Pounds of Refining ChemicalsChalmette Refinery Release 2,000 Pounds of Refining Chemicals

Refining Chemicals

Around 2AM on Monday, September 6th, at power outage at the Chalmette Refinery near New Orleans, LA allowed one ton of spent refining catalyst to be released into the air. Once airborne, the white, powdery substance covered homes and properties in Chalmette, Arabi and the Lower Ninth Ward. Residents woke up Monday morning to find homes, cars, personal items and properties covered in the spent catalyst. On September 8th, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of those affected by the chemical spill.

Spent catalyst powder, a bi-product of the oil refining process, is a potentially harmful and hazardous substance. It is a known eye, skin and respiratory irritant, and is especially harmful to those with respiratory conditions. Catalyst powder contains kaolin, a clay-like substance, and amounts of more hazardous ingredients, including titanium oxide. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists spent catalysts as a hazardous waste, which must be disposed of under strict guidelines.

Chalmette Refinery initially downplayed the serious nature of their pollution, and encouraged residents to clean up the substance themselves. However, information from a Material Safety Data Sheet states the catalyst powder can be harmful if inhaled or ingested. It urges people to protect themselves from exposure the chemicals and to use rubber gloves while handling the product. The data sheet also encourages individuals to decontaminate or dispose of clothing items, shoes, etc. exposed to the catalyst powder.

Many residents – including those with young children – are deeply concerned about the safety of their properties and items, such as children’s toys, that may have been contaminated by the catalyst chemicals.

St. Bernard Parish officials are investigating the incident. However, many are concerned about the potential health effects of the chemical release.