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.
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.