Jacobs & Crumplar Takes on Camp Lejeune Cases
The attorneys at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. fight for the rights of veterans, military workers, and families who suffered injury caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. We are proud to advocate for military families in toxic injury cases and have won some of the largest trial verdicts in the United States.
If you or a loved one lived or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and have been diagnosed with one of the following health conditions, you may be eligible for substantial compensation:
- Neurological defects, such as Parkinson’s disease or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Birth defects
- Other injuries yet to be defined
Jacobs & Crumplar Continues to Fight for Clients in Johnson & Johnson Class Action Suit
The lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar have served as counsel and assisted with numerous cases for attorneys out-of-state, as well as in Delaware. We take pride in our reputation for dedicated representation and advocacy, and we provide the same individualized attention to our class action and out-of-state cases.
Lawyers Thomas C. Crumplar and David T. Crumplar of Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. represent injured plaintiffs in an ongoing class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson (J&J). During a recent virtual hearing before the Delaware bankruptcy court, they advocated for the family of the decedent, along with co-counsel Christopher M. Placitella, Michael Coren, Dennis M. Geier, Eric S. Pasternack, and Jared M. Placitella of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. They argued that their action against J&J in New Jersey federal court alleging the company committed fraud by successfully dismissing plaintiff’s talc personal injury lawsuit in the 1990s should be allowed to move forward.
A longtime supplier of talc for J&J filed for bankruptcy in February 2019, after being faced with tens of thousands of personal injury claims from individuals alleged the talc was tainted with asbestos, causing mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, and other serious illnesses. Last year, these talc personal injury claims also led to J&J to avoid its liability and form LTL Management LLC, which then commenced a bankruptcy case now pending in New Jersey court. In April, the judge overseeing the LTL Management bankruptcy case ruled that J&J must face the fraud suits that allege the company misrepresented its knowledge and concealed evidence of asbestos in its talc products, when it successfully sought dismissal of the talc personal injury cases.
At the recent hearing before Delaware bankruptcy court, attorneys for the plaintiffs in the present case stated that the same ruling in the LTL bankruptcy case should apply, which was that an injunction barring talc lawsuits against J&J and other entities did not apply to the fraud actions. Attorneys for the plaintiffs argued that J&J is the entity that engineered the injury and took away the plaintiffs’ rights and harmed them. Therefore, relief from the automatic stay would be appropriate under these circumstances. The judge in the present case stated that she would make a ruling sometime in the next few weeks after reviewing the filings.
The Delaware lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar understand that legal matters can be overwhelming and stressful for individuals and their families. We strive to make the process as smooth as efficient as possible for all our clients. Through our extensive connections with other prominent lawyers and experts throughout the United States, we have access to a compendium of knowledge and legal resources. We regularly serve as Delaware counsel partnered with other firms around the country on unique issues that often have national implications.
Delaware Lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar P.A. Represent Injured Clients in Class Action Lawsuits
Our attorneys at Jacobs & Crumplar P.A. are licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. We handle numerous cases in those states and in a variety of practice areas. Our team has obtained some of the highest verdicts and settlements in Delaware and knows what it takes to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients in every case we handle. Call us today at 302-656-5455 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we serve clients in Dover, New Castle County, Sussex County, and throughout the country.
Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Seeks Motivated Attorney
JACOBS & CRUMPLAR, P.A., with offices in Wilmington, Dover, and Millsboro, seeks a motivated Attorney with civil litigation experience and/or worker’s compensation. Candidate must possess a strong passion for representing others. Salary is dependent on prior experience and skill level. Send cover letter and resume to [email protected].
HB 277 Passed in the Delaware House of Representatives
On May 18, the Delaware House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of HB 277, a bill that increases access to justice to children sexually abused by public school employees. President of the Delaware Trial Lawyers’ Association Raeann Warner was joined by other members and clients to support the bill’s primary sponsor Rep. Sean Lynn, who successfully shepherded the bill through the House.
Thomas C. Crumplar and Raeann Warner Selected to 2022 Delaware Super Lawyers List
Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. is pleased to announce that Thomas C. Crumplar and Raeann Warner have been named on the 2022 Delaware Super Lawyers list.
Thomas C. Crumplar, co-founder of the firm, is a seasoned attorney who advocates for plaintiffs in various personal injury matters. After briefly working for a corporate and defense law firm in Kentucky, he decided to focus his career on representing the “underdog.” In 1988, Tom obtained the second highest jury verdict in U.S. history in an asbestos case that reached $75 million. In 2010, he obtained the largest award in U.S. history in a sex abuse case, over $30 million, against an individual church. This is the fourth year in a row that Tom has been selected to the Super Lawyers list.
Tom earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, where he developed the university’s patent policy which related to projects completed by the scientists at the university. He authored numerous law review articles and was a speaker at national conferences as a law student before graduating in 1975. In 1981, he co-founded Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Tom is a member of Delaware and New Jersey bar associations, the American Association for Justice, and the National Crime Victim’s Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in Delaware.
Raeann Warner, director of the firm, has represented plaintiffs in childhood sex abuse and employment cases for over 15 years. At the firm, she also handles complex personal injury and toxic tort cases. She was named on Delaware Today’s Top Attorneys list in 2017 and 2019 to 2021. She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
Raeann received her Juris Doctor and graduated cum laude from Widener University School of Law in 2006. Raeann is the President of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association and is on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice. Raeann was selected to the Delaware Rising Stars list in 2012 to 2021 before being named on the Super Lawyers list this year.
Super Lawyers uses a multi-phase selection process that involves a combination of peer recognition, professional achievements, and independent research. Starting with the nomination from a colleague, Super Lawyers highlights selected attorneys on a state-by-state basis in over 70 different practice areas. Evaluations include courtroom performance, pro bono work, and other professional honors and awards.
Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. is a full-service law firm that is based in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware. For help with a legal matter, call 302-656-5445 or complete an online form to schedule a free consultation.
Potential Civil Rights Lawsuit for Stopped HBCU Athlete Bus
The Delaware State University’s women’s lacrosse team may be able to file a civil rights lawsuit as a result of their bus being stopped and searched last month. Attorney Raeann Warner of Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. weighed in on the legal issues at hand and potential claims the HBCU athletes could set forth. To read Raeann’s comments, access the Delaware Law Weekly article here.
Jacobs & Crumplar Attorney: Schools Should Be Held Accountable for Employees Who Abuse Children
An article co-authored by Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. attorney Raeann Warner appeared on Delaware Online this week, responding to an April 6th article about the difficulty of bringing child groomers to justice when the abusers are on school faculty. Warner’s co-authored piece proposes a solution to help child sexual abuse survivors receive financial resources for the mental treatment they need after being targeted by groomers by holding the employing institutions of the abusers accountable as outlined in Delaware HB 277.
Read the article here on Delaware online.
Thomas Crumplar has Filed Religious Freedom Lawsuit with The Neuberger Firm
WDEL: ‘Outside of the state’s power’ | Carney sued by Wilmington, Townsend churches over pandemic restrictions
Delaware Online: Lawsuits ask that governors’ emergency orders keep their ‘hands off’ houses of worship
Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Wilmington Police Officer Patrolman Samuel Waters
Read the full release accounting the filing of a Civil Lawsuit against Wilmington Police Officer Patrolman Samuel Waters.
Excessive Force Shown on Video Leads to Calls for Arrest of Wilmington Officer
The September 21, 2021 arrest of Dwayne Brown at a store in Wilmington was caught on video, and that clip, now viral, has brought fury against the arresting officer, including calls by civil rights groups for his arrest.
In the moments before the 44-year-old man’s arrest, spurred reportedly because of complaints that he made sexually harassing statements to workers at a child care center near the store, Brown is first seen on surveillance camera entering the store holding the door open for a man on crutches, then is seen speaking to someone. Brown is then grabbed by the wrist by the as-yet unnamed Wilmington police officer and body-slammed into a plexiglass wall. The video then shows the arresting officer following up the body slam by grabbing Brown’s head and smacking it into the plexiglass wall, twice. Then both men disappear from view in the 52-second video clip.
Attorneys Thomas C. Crumplar and Raeann Warner of Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. are representing Brown in this civil rights case.
Following the September 21 arrest, Brown was charged with two counts of harassment, resisting arrest, breach of release, and possession of marijuana. He was released on $4,100 unsecured bail.
The violent arrest has inspired civil rights activists to call for the officer’s arrest, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) asked for the resignation of Wilmington Police Chief Robert J. Tracy and a federal investigation of the police department.
At the October 4 rally in support of Brown, Thomas Crumplar pointed out that the arrest occurred six years after his former client Jeremy McDole was fatally shot by four Wilmington police officers.
As part of the settlement the city promised to continually review and update their training procedures, Crumplar noted at the rally.
“That means that this officer became a police officer while the city of Wilmington was supposedly having a new, state-of-the-art training to de-escalate,” Crumplar said at the widely televised protest. “But instead, we saw an officer in the video that reminds us of somebody 100 years ago, like Bull Connor in Birmingham, Alabama.”
Bull Connor was an Alabama politician who strongly opposed the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. As Birmingham’s Commissioner of Public Safety, Connor famously ordered the police to stay away in April 1963 as civil rights leader Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Council headed into Birmingham on the Freedom Rides and were attacked by waiting hordes of Klu Klux Klansmen. Connor also ordered police dogs released and fire hoses directed at children who were protesting in Birmingham on May 2, 1963, leading to the arrests of over 1,200 children, and the arrests of 3,000 more protesters the following day. Connor’s brutal tactics are credited with focusing national attention on desegregation efforts.
The Wilmington Fraternal Order of Police and Mayor Michael S. Purzycki’s office both issued statements saying that they would withhold comment until the investigation into the incident is complete.
The Dwayne Brown matter is another in a long line of cases where Jacobs and Crumplar have represented clients who have been injured by excessive force and unlawful actions of security personnel ranging from private security, bar bouncers, correctional officers, and various police forces. Besides the Brown case, Jacobs & Crumplar’s attorneys are currently handling two other cases of excessive force by Police Officers. Raeann Warner and Patrick Gallagher are representing the Estate of Kelly Rooks as well as Geraldine Rooks for claims of assault, battery, and excessive force by a Delaware State Police officer. Patrick Gallagher and Alexis Stombaugh, along with co-counsel, are representing Mark Taylor for claims of, among other things, excessive force against Gregory Lynch, Jr., of Milford and the Town of Dewey Beach.
At Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A., we help clients facing a variety of legal issues. If you need help with a legal matter, call 302-600-1935 or complete an online form to schedule a free consultation. Our offices are located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, and we serve clients throughout Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.