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Skilled Legal Defense for Drug and Medical Device Companies Against Liability

The drug and medical device litigation group at Goodsill has no equal in Hawai‘i for the defense of product liability actions involving drugs and medical devices. Our attorneys have years of experience defending the industry in numerous actions, including complex mass tort cases and wrongful death claims.

Our trial team consists of experienced, technologically savvy and medically conversant lawyers, legal nurse consultants and legal assistants. Leaders in the drug and medical device industry have repeatedly turned to Goodsill to take up their defense when litigation arises in Hawai‘i. For example, we’ve worked for manufacturers such as Agilent (formerly Hewlett-Packard); Boston Scientific Corporation; Ciba-Geigy; C. R. Bard, Inc.; Genentech; Pfizer; Serono Laboratories; 3M Corporation; and Wyeth.

Attorneys in Goodsill’s drug and medical device litigation group participate regularly in the Defense Research Institute’s Drug & Medical Device committees and seminars, serve as panelists at Medmarc conferences and contribute to publications in the field.

Specific fields of expertise within our practice include:

  • Pharmaceutical litigation: We obtained a defense verdict in favor of the manufacturer of a seasickness patch against claims that the patch caused hallucinogenic and other adverse effects. We also obtained a Rule(12)(b)(6) dismissal of a claim against a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) manufacturer before any discovery was completed. We have cost-efficiently defended a variety of pharmaceutical drugs and nutritional supplements, such as corticosteroids, human growth hormones, diet drugs and blood pressure medications.
  • Medical devices: We earned the descriptor, “defense verdict of the year,” for the trial verdict in favor of a breast implant manufacturer, and we obtained summary judgments in favor of the manufacturer of a blood pressure monitoring device. We also reached successful resolutions of claims against a manufacturer of joint replacements and a penile implant manufacturer through the use of expert testimony and motions practice.
  • Mass tort litigation: We’ve been retained as local counsel in numerous high-profile mass tort cases, including the Fen-Phen diet drug litigation, Rezulin, latex gloves and silicone breast implants, and have extensive experience working with nationally coordinated litigation, including MDL proceedings.

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Gail Y. Cosgrove


808-547-5600 [email protected]

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