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April 14, 2017

Have You or Your Loved Ones Been Hurt by This Ad? Congressman Wants to Know

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, with backing from the leading doctors’ group and some drug companies, wants plaintiffs’ lawyer client solicitation ads to include a warning that patients should talk with their doctors before adjusting medication.

The Wall Street Journal writes that Mr. Goodlatte sent letters to state and national attorney bar associations calling on them to better regulate the ads. The letters point to a recent review of safety reports to the FDA that identified 28 cases of strokes and other serious side effects, including death, of patients who stopped using Xarelto after watching TV ads.

The ads “really are designed to scare potential claimants,” said John Beisner, head of the mass-torts group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Additionally, the Wall Street Journal ran a second piece highlighting the impact these ads can have on tainting jury pools, especially in St. Louis, Missouri which had the highest number of plaintiffs’ lawyer ads on talcum powder (as there are currently four trials underway related to talc in the state) despite being the 25th largest media market. 

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