Check out examples of our law firm’s victories.
In 2019, our firm—along with Thomas R. Kline at Kline and Specter—tried the very first punitive damages case against Johnson & Johnson for their drug Risperdal. The drug was originally developed to treat schizophrenia but was aggressively marketed off-label to children with autism and other behavioral disorders. Johnson & Johnson hid the dangerous side effect of its drug from the public, medical community, and F.D.A.
Our client was prescribed Risperdal and developed gynecomastia (female breast growth in boys). Our firm uncovered evidence that Johnson & Johnson knew about the link between their drug and gynecomastia, but didn’t turn it over to the FDA.
After a month-long trial, the jury returned with a verdict of $8 billion—the largest single-plaintiff jury verdict ever won in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the third largest jury verdict every obtained for an individual in the United States.
On June 8, 2019, Kiersten Smith was making dinner in her apartment when a crane across the street fell onto her building. In a moment, she and her entire living room were gone. Kiersten’s mother called Arnold & Itkin once it was clear that the crane’s operators—a real estate developer called Greystar—were refusing to take responsibility for the crane collapse. After four years of shameless delay tactics, we took Greystar to court. In the end, the jury saw through Greystar and forced them to pay $860 million to our client for what they did.
Attorney Kyle Findley and our team represented a grievously injured woman who was struck by train operators working for Union Pacific.
On March 5, 2016, our client took a brief rest next to some railroad tracks after losing her friends during a night out. Minutes later, train operators spotted her unmoving body on the tracks, identifying her as a person. Despite the life-threatening consequences an impact would have, the train operators didn’t stop or even slow down the train. As a result, our client suffered life-changing harm.
After seven years of delays, Union Pacific was forced to finally meet us in court. Because our firm proved the train operators might have avoided impact with our client, the jury awarded her a historic $557 million verdict. This money will go toward ensuring she gets the medical care and financial security she needs.
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Kyle Findley secured $357.7 million in a confidential settlement on behalf of several injured employees. A workplace accident led to the injury of numerous workers, each of whom turned to Arnold & Itkin for help. Our firm was able to secure record settlements for each of them, collectively obtaining the largest workplace accident settlement in state history. Kurt, Jason, and the rest of the team were able to achieve this result within only 16 months of the date of injury.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $145,423,128.70
Attorneys Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin obtained a $222 million verdict for a woman whose husband Jesse suffered fatal burns over approximately 90% of his body in a plant accident. Jesse was sent to investigate a steam release from a faulty valve, but when the elevator doors opened, the steam burned Jesse. He was airlifted to a burn unit, but it was too late. Jesse died the next day. The faulty valve was traced back to Team Industrial Services, Inc., who denied responsibility until a jury heard the facts and ruled in our favor.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $31,630,206.34
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, Noah Wexler, and Caj Boatright achieved a massive settlement on behalf of a large group of clients. Our attorneys took dozens of depositions to get to the bottom of the facts. After years of difficult, highly-contested litigation, they were finally able to overcome both procedural and legal hurdles. The defendants chose to settle with our clients shortly before trial was scheduled to begin.
Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, and Roland Christensen secured a $193 million settlement for two workers who were caught in a pipeline explosion offshore. One of the workers eventually passed away from his injuries. Once the families called us, Arnold & Itkin immediately put pressure on the at-fault company. We investigated the incident, took numerous depositions from key witnesses, and collected vital pieces of evidence. We steered the case through difficult obstacles unique to maritime law, ensuring that the case moved to trial quickly. Because the negligent company wanted to avoid facing a jury at all costs, our effort to push the case forward pressured the defendant to settle with both families to take care of them for generations. In the meantime, we made sure our clients got the best care possible. It was an honor and privilege to represent these hard-working families through the worst tragedy of their lives, and we were glad to deliver such an incredible result.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $48,299,115.80
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $72,574,650.42
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $57,636,043.06
Offshore attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, and Roland Christensen secured a $125 million settlement for a woman who lost her husband in a dredge boat accident involving a pipeline explosion. Her husband was badly burned in the accident, eventually succumbing to his injuries. Our firm utilized every resource to aggressively investigate the accident, pushing the case toward a jury trial. Desperate to avoid a trial, the defendant settled with our client to take care of her and her family for the rest of her life. Arnold & Itkin was proud to have helped our client get the support she needed while getting justice for her husband, and we hope this result serves as an example to other companies to prevent future loss of life.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $25,314,721.36