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Amicus Group to Attend AAJ Winter Convention in Maui

Amicus Media Group and Amicus Capital Group will proudly be attending the upcoming AAJ 2018 Winter Convention in Maui February 3 – 6.  The American Association for Justice convention will be held in the picturesque Grand Wailea Resort.  Set in paradise the 4-day event will cover a wide range of topics including trucking litigation, admiralty law, asbestos litigation, family law, nursing home litigation, E-Discovery and numerous other topics.  The conference is designed by plaintiff’s lawyers and put on for plaintiff’s lawyers.  Speakers from across the nation put on cutting-edge topics with the newest litigation strategies.  Each day is broken down into specialized and advocacy tracks that help attorneys focus on a particular area of the law or litigation strategy.  Some highlights of the conference include a specialized track on “Responding to the Opioid Crisis,” “Building Credibility in a “Fake News” Environment” and “Traumatic Brain Injury Trilogy: Techniques.”

 

We look forward to meeting with our many clients and friends and continuing to transform the practice of law.

 

If you would like to meet with us, please click here to schedule: https://calendly.com/bill-tilley

 

Or reach out via email here.

Amp up your LinkedIn Profile with these 10 Tips for Lawyers

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The new year is approaching fast and amidst the last-minute holiday shopping, you can be thinking of your professional goals for 2018.  One of the best networking sources available is LinkedIn.  Unlike other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn is geared towards professionals, which makes it ideal for lawyers.  It connects you with people that you may know through your course of business or other connections.  Utilizing everything that LinkedIn has to offer can be extremely beneficial to your 2018 professional goals.  Here are 10 tips for taking your LinkedIn profile to the next level:

 

  1. Grow your connections. Send personal invitations to people you may know and tell them how you know them.  Conventions and conferences are a great way to network and then connect via LinkedIn.  You may be surprised at how many people know each other within your circles.  Connections on LinkedIn are also great referral sources.  Seek out attorneys that work in other fields than you practice and refer out cases outside of your field.
  2. Use the Profile Strength Meter. LinkedIn provides a number of tools to help you understand how it works and get started.  The Profile Strength Meter will tell you where to add more content and will provide an All-Star profile rating once the meter is full.  Your search results discoverability will increase the fuller your profile is.  On that note: your profile should be up-to-date, professional and free of spelling errors.  Make sure to proofread anything that you write on LinkedIn and never publish an article without personally reviewing it.
  3. Schedule posts frequently. Along with making sure that your profile is up-to-date, you should also get into the habit of publishing regularly.  Use LinkedIn Publisher or an outside managing service like Hootsuite to publish content to LinkedIn and all of your social media accounts.  The more you post, the more visible your profile will be.
  4. Make sure you have a separate Firm Page. If you haven’t already created a separate page for your law firm.  Post to that profile page with relevant articles or updates about your firm.  Link to your firm’s blog and any social media accounts as well as your website.
  5. Be aware of ethics opinions. As with all platforms, you should be aware of any ethics opinions issued by your state.  Steer clear of any potential conflicts of interest.  Be very careful of listing yourself as an expert or specialist and make sure that others are not endorsing you in a field of law that you do not practice or listing you as a specialist when you have not been certified as a specialist.  Pay special attention to state bar rules concerning advertising and marketing and how they apply to social media platforms.
  6. Toot your own horn. Don’t be shy about showcasing what makes you special.  Add Skills to your profile, list certifications under “additional education,” add any special projects that you may have completed.  Make sure to use your summary section to the fullest.  This is the time to share what makes you unique, what makes you someone that a client would want to hire.
  1. Get and Give. Send requests for recommendations.  Get them from a variety of sources and make sure that they are people that would truly recommend you.  Never post fake recommendations and make sure that the people you solicit for a recommendation know specifics about you.  While you are collecting recommendations, make sure to dish some out.  Be honest and detailed when giving recommendations and endorse other attorneys or field experts where appropriate.
  2. Customize. Add media to your profile.  Consumers are drawn to images and videos.  There is no reason that your LinkedIn profile should be left out of this trend.  Make sure you personalize your LinkedIn URL and all other areas of your profile.  Where you can customize, do it.  Use a call to action with your firm website links.  Make people want to visit your blog.  Utilize all of the features that LinkedIn has to offer.  Somewhat new to all of the profile perks?  Use LinkedIn’s Help feature to read through guides and information on how to get started.
  3. Know your target audience. Design your profile to appeal to potential clients.  Showcase your experience according to what a prospective client might be looking for.  Know that LinkedIn is a great referral source, feature skills on your profile accordingly.  Be sure that your profile is professional with a photo that is a good representation of you.
  4. Pay attention to your professional headline. Avoid seeming unprofessional with a cheesy headline. Make sure it is clear and concise.  Think about who is reading your profile and what you want them to know about you.  It is your introduction to potential connections that don’t know you and are trying to learn more about you.

 

LinkedIn Novice?  Unsure of where to start? Amicus Media Group can help.  Connect with owner Bill Tilley today to learn more about the importance of your LinkedIn profile and how to expand your social media platforms.  LinkedIn can help you grow your law firm practice, get the help you need today by contacting us today at (888) 700-1088.

Appeals court opens door for Punitive Damages in Risperdal cases

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An appeals court decision out of Pennsylvania has opened Johnson & Johnson up to punitive damages in thousands of pending Risperdal cases.  The decision came from a three-judge panel that ruled the lower court had improperly decided that the laws of the plaintiff’s home state should not be applied.

 

Timothy Stange, a Wisconsin resident, began taking Risperdal in 2006 for Tourette Syndrome.  He was 12 years old at the time and living in Wisconsin while he was prescribed the antipsychotic medication.  Six years after he began taking the drug he had to have surgery to remove breasts that grew as a result of the prescription, according to court records.  The mastectomy caused permanent scars and he endured bullying from classmates from the breast growth, a condition called gynecomastia.  A Philadelphia jury awarded Stange $500,000 in compensatory damages.  He was barred from collecting punitive damages.  The lower court ruled that New Jersey law should be applied since the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. had headquarters there.  New Jersey law prevents plaintiffs from being awarded punitive damages if the drug in question was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.  Risperdal was approved by the FDA in 2006 for use as an antipsychotic drug.  [1]

 

The Appeals court disagreed with that decision remanding the case for further consideration on the interstate issue.  Wisconsin, Stange’s home state, allows for a plaintiff to recover compensatory and punitive damages which would greatly increase the amount recovered by Stange and other plaintiffs of the nearly 5500 pending Risperdal cases.  Wisconsin law caps punitive damages at $200,000 or twice the amount of any compensatory damages awarded according to the court decision.  The decision to apply New Jersey law was a global order that applied to all of the consolidated Risperdal cases.  The challenge and results of the appeal will, thus, be applied to all of the cases that were consolidated as part of the mass tort program in the Philadelphia County court.

 

All plaintiffs argue that the manufacturer of Risperdal, also known by the generic name Risperidone, concealed information that the drug caused gynecomastia or the risk of breast growth in men.   This decision follows the record-setting $70 million verdict issued by a Philadelphia jury last year.  In that case, Andrew Yount of Tennessee, began taking Risperdal at the age of 5.  He was awarded $70 million in damages related to the disfigurement and emotional distress associated with breast growth.  Prior to that decision, the most a jury had awarded in a Risperdal case was $2.5 million.  [2]

 

Contact us to learn more about Risperdal litigation and other mass tort cases.  At Amicus Capital Group and Amicus Media Group are dedicated to bringing you up to date information on pending litigation, court decisions and mass tort news.  We can help provide you litigation financing and capital for your cases.  At Amicus Media Group, we focus on case acquisition developing a solid media campaign for acquiring the right kind of cases for your law firm.  Find out more by contacting us today.

 

 

 

 

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[1] http://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/01/man_who_grew_breasts_after_tak.html

[2] https://pennrecord.com/stories/510952812-risperdal-plaintiff-awarded-record-setting-jury-verdict-of-70-million-in-philadelphia-court