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22 Jan
  Co-Lead Counsel in the California state court proceeding captioned JUUL Labs Product Cases, JCCP No. 5052 and the federal multidistrict litigation captioned In re: Juul Labs, Inc., Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2913, announce the global resolution of all pending personal injury claims filed in state and federal court. These settlements will help address youth use of e-cigarettes. The settlements follow three-plus years of hard-fought litigation in both state and federal court. Co-Lead Counsel believe that resolving the litigation against Juul Labs and its officers and directors through settlement is in the best interests of...
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21 Jan
Paul R. Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP has been appointed Liaison Counsel in the Carson Dominguez Channel Pollution litigation filed on behalf of over 14,000 individuals who were exposed to the horrific stench emanating from the Dominguez Channel in the City of Carson. Residents of Carson began noticing the smell caused by hydrogen sulfide gas combined with other toxic pollutants around October 3, 2021. Kiesel Law LLP is working closely with other firms and top experts investigating the cause and  is continuing to file new actions arising from this ongoing incident. If you have suffered harm from the hydrogen sulfide...
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20 Jan
Kiesel Law LLP client Timothy Neal was paralyzed after a Deputy shot him in the back on July 26, 2019. Timothy Neal has struggled with schizophrenia since being diagnosed in 2018.  Timothy was in the throes of paranoid schizophrenia when Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies forced their way into his bedroom using a sledgehammer and shot him in the back while he was trying to run from them.   As a result of this incident, Timothy Neal will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Paul R. Kiesel said, “Tim Neal’s settlement with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s...
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18 Jan
Jeffrey A. Koncius of Kiesel Law LLP has been appointed to the three-member Executive Committee in the Meta Pixel Healthcare litigation. The proposed class action was filed on behalf of all patients whose information was allegedly intercepted and transmitted to Meta without their consent when those patients were engaged in what they thought were secure communications with their medical providers. Expert research showed that at least 664 hospital systems or medical provider web properties sent such HIPAA-protected data to Meta via the Facebook Pixel which is an invisible piece of code that was placed on the medical websites.
1 Jul
We applaud the FDA for removing the JUUL device and four types of Juul pods from the US market due to their risks to public health. The decision is consistent with our case against JUUL, and we agree that the marketing and sale of JUUL has caused our clients significant damage. Our cases helped pave the way for this FDA decision, and thanks to our clients for coming forward and pursuing their claims, the removal of JUUL from the market is an important social benefit. The FDA’s decision today does not affect the existing cases against JUUL. We are still...
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25 Jun
Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2022 Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Editorial Advisory Board.  Paul R. Kiesel is one of California’s leading trial lawyers. He has received some of the largest personal injury verdicts and settlements. Kiesel was involved in a four-month remote jury trial, the first in Southern California, against Monsanto for its weed killer Roundup.  
15 Apr
Kiesel Law LLP has been appointed as trial counsel for a certified class of Dodge Dart owners in Federal Court: The Court has approved Kiesel Law LLP being brought in to try the class claims against Fiat Chrysler for allegedly defective manual transmission Dodge Darts. Trial is currently scheduled to begin October 11, 2022, in United States District Court, Southern District of California.
7 Mar
On or around October 3, 2021, residents of Carson began noticing a horrific stench emanating from the Dominguez Channel in the City of Carson. The smell is hydrogen sulfide gas combined with other toxic pollutants which has affected thousands of Carson residents. Kiesel Law LLP filed the first individual action and is working closely with other firms and top experts investigating the cause. Kiesel Law LLP is continuing to file new actions arising from this ongoing incident.
15 Jan
Kiesel Law LLP Settles Class Action for more than $11,000,000 in Federal Court:  Kiesel Law LLP brought the class action for breach of fiduciary duties, and related claims, against the board members of a nonprofit statutory royalties fund who were alleged to have unlawfully taken money owed under the Copyright Act from backup vocalists and musicians. Prior to settlement, Kiesel Law LLP secured certification of a nationwide class and successfully defeated dispositive motions brought by Defendants’ including their Motion for Summary Judgment.
2 Dec
Kiesel Law LLP Settles a Difficult Police Shooting Case for $4,500,000:  Kiesel Law LLP successfully resolved a case involving an unlawful shooting by two California Highway Patrol Deputies who were in an unmarked police vehicle, and which resulted in the death of our client.  Kiesel Law LLP was able to successfully defeat both Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment on the issue of Qualified Immunity, as well as Defendants’ appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal.
29 Sep
An historic settlement for the Porter Ranch community after a six year battle with the Southern California Gas Company. This resolves the claims for the largest and longest natural gas leak in U.S. history. SCG has agreed to pay 1.8 billion dollars to resolve these personal injury claims. Kiesel law was honored to serve in the roll of plaintiffs  liaison counsel.  
13 Jul
Kiesel Law LLP has retained clients and is commencing legal action against Daily Harvest. If you consumed Daily Harvest’s Lentil and Leak Crumbles and experienced sickness, including stomach pain or liver damage, please contact our office at 310-854-4444 to be added to our case. Over 28,000 units of the product were distributed in the United States. Daily Harvest is a vegan food delivery service marketed as “organic, nourishing, clean” and “sustainably sourced.” After hundreds of reports of illness, Daily Harvest issued a voluntary recall, asking consumers to throw away the product. Before the recall, however, hundreds of consumers were injured,...
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13 May
The JUUL Litigation is currently pending in Los Angeles Superior Court.  Kiesel Law is continuing to review new cases and is actively filing new JUUL lawsuits. The Parties are currently engaged in discovery. Plaintiffs have taken over sixty depositions of JUUL and Altria employees. Plaintiffs plan to take additional depositions over the next several months. Defendants filed various pleading challenges which were heard by the Court in January. Plaintiffs were pleased with the outcome and are hoping to have trial dates set in the coming months.
16 Sep
On Monday, September 14, 2020, Judge Christina A. Snyder of the U.S. District Court, Central District, granted class certification to over 30,000 session musicians and vocalists in an action against SAG-AFTRA and AFM, and its Trustees, for draining in excess of $9,000,000 from an artists’ Fund set up by Congress. The Fund is charged by Congress to collect and distribute royalties received from sources around the world. Instead of holding these funds in trust and working to distribute as much money as possible to the beneficiaries it was responsible for representing, the Fund’s Trustees, officers of the two artist Unions,...
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15 Aug
We want to assure you that Kiesel Law LLP is here to assist you with your case. To our existing clients: We continue to work on your case and have complete remote access to our firm’s resources.  Please reach out to any of our attorneys with questions or concerns. You will find their email addresses on our firm attorney page here or you can call 310-854-4444. Potential new clients: Because of the precautions made necessary by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are not currently conducting in person meetings, but you can let us know about your potential case by filling out our contact form...
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14 Jul
First  trial on behalf of 36,000+ plaintiffs The Porter Ranch Gas Leak litigation has been set for trial in January 2022. Kiesel Law remains committed to all our Porter Ranch Gas Leak clients and is still playing an integral role in advancing the case. If you have any questions regarding your representation or the case, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
22 Jun
Paul Kiesel, of Kiesel Law LLP, has been named Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs in the California JUUL Litigation based in downtown Los Angeles. It is anticipated that the JUUL litigation will include thousands of individual plaintiffs, school districts, and other government entities. JUUL’s e-cigarettes have become so popular with youth, that the FDA has called “vaping” a teen health epidemic. The reported injuries range from lung damage, seizures, pneumonia, nicotine addiction, among others. It is now reported that JUUL usage and lung damage could make JUUL users more susceptible to COVID-19. Paul Kiesel, in a nationally broadcast interview on...
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12 Apr
$6 .18 Million Awarded by Burbank Jury Attorney Paul Kiesel, of Kiesel Law LLP, concluded a 4 week jury trial regarding a defective product which catastrophically failed, leading to Michael Hazard having to undergo numerous limb salvage surgeries to save his left leg. The automotive part in question was a flywheel, a product which was produced in China for ATP, a company which falsely claimed in their advertising that the product was manufactured to meet or exceed original equipment specifications.  In cross examination, Paul Kiesel was able to have the the former CEO of ATP, Roy Lipner, admit that the...
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14 Dec
 Historic verdict on behalf of women against Johnson & Johnson By Daniel Siegal Law360, Los Angeles — The first California state jury to evaluate the possible link between Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products and ovarian cancer set a high-water mark on Monday with a $417 million verdict for the company’s role in causing a woman’s terminal cancer, surpassing large awards from earlier trials in Missouri. After two days of deliberations following the four-week trial in Los Angeles, the jury found for plaintiff Eva Echeverria, finding that J&J had failed to warn consumers about the increased risk of ovarian cancer caused by...
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12 Nov
$676,000 Awarded by Los Angeles Jury “The insurance company says they take full responsibility for the accident, yet refuse to  compensate the plaintiff for the injuries received.”  This opening given by attorney Bryan Garcia of Kiesel Law LLP explained to the Los Angeles Superior Court jury why the matter had reached the trial stage.  With $21,000 in medical treatment and pain that continues to this day for our client, Mercury Insurance Company was only willing to offer $55,000 to settle the case.  Our firm demand was $200,000. Attorney Ashley Conlogue did the direct examination of Dr. David Fish MD, the...
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21 Oct
Kiesel Law Congratulates Former Partner Helen Zukin on her Appointment as Judge for the Superior Court of California Pictured L to R: Paul Kiesel, Presiding Justice Elwood Lui, Justice Arthur Gilbert, Judge Helen Zukin, Federal Judge Dolly Gee and Attorney General Xavier Becerra   At the Swearing-In Ceremony, Paul Kiesel remarked, “On behalf of Steven Archer, Jeff Koncius and myself, your former partners celebrate with you Judge Zukin.”
19 Oct
CVN’s Top 10 Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdicts of 2017 #3:  Hilario Cruz, et al. v. Nissan North America $25 million verdict over faulty brakes that caused wrongful manslaughter charge   Why it made the list: When plaintiff Hilario Cruz first filed a lawsuit over the vehicular collision that took the life of his two children and their mother, he sued the driver of the Infiniti SUV that slammed into their car, 74-year-old Solomon Mathenge. Mathenge was later charged with vehicular manslaughter. Mathenge maintained that the brakes on his vehicle failed, and after prosecutors learned that the same defect Mathenge alleged also...
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8 Sep
Kiesel Law LLP, along with other members of the leadership counsel, is proud to announce the successful negotiation of a settlement program to resolve all remaining eligible metal-on-metal claims pending against Wright Medical. This settlement program will involve over 600 eligible metal-on-metal revised hip claims currently pending in the MDL, in the JCCP, and on tolling agreements. This follows the first phase of 1,300 claims settled against Wright Medical regarding metal-on-metal hip implant patient-claimants in 2016. Due to Wright’s financial situation, values will be discounted from the first settlement but will include standard awards as well as an Enhanced Injury...
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27 Aug
Kiesel Law LLP wins California Supreme Court victory for consumers of organic foods “To buyers and sellers alike, labels matter.”   Today, the CA Supreme Court held that state law claims which alleged that produce distributed and sold by Herb Thyme was being intentionally mislabeled as organic is not preempted by federal law. The Court further stated that lawsuits alleging intentional mislabeling of organic produce promote, rather than hinder, Congress’s purposes and objectives. The class action filed by Kiesel Law LLP alleging false advertising and unfair competition, can now proceed. Kiesel Law LLP is proud of this victory for consumers...
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10 Aug
Kiesel Law LLP retained by the Villanueva family after their unarmed son Pedro was shot and killed by CHP officers On the evening of July 3, 2016, Villanueva, a 19-year-old student, was shot to death by undercover officers with the California Highway Patrol in Fullerton, California. The officers also shot and injured passenger Francisco Orozco. The officers began following Villanueva’s vehicle because Villanueva had attended a sideshow, which is an informal gathering of young adults and their vehicles in parking lots.  “The only basis the undercover officers had for following Villanueva was that he attended the sideshow”, said attorney Paul R....
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