Nationwide Cancer Lawyers
Fighting for Families in Litigation Over Cancer-Related Claims
Levy Konigsberg is a top-rated trial practice known nationally for handling complex claims involving various cancers and preventable causes.
As leaders in this field, our award-winning attorneys have secured landmark rulings against some of the nation’s largest and most powerful corporations and have amassed a record of victories that have changed laws, lives, and public safety.
Whether they involve dangerous products, harmful medications, or toxic emissions, cancer cases are powerful tools for holding institutions and corporations accountable for putting profits over people. When you partner with our firm, we provide the firepower to fight back.
Levy Konigsberg serves victims nationwide and works on contingency, which means there’s no cost to hire our team and no fee unless we win. To speak with a cancer attorney about your potential case, call (800) 315-3806 or contact us online.
Types of Cancer Cases We Handle
Our award-winning attorneys at Levy Konigsberg leverage a multi-disciplinary approach to handle a range of cancer-related litigation. This includes cancers caused by defective products, asbestos, tobacco products, unsafe medications, toxic exposure, and other corporate and institutional failings.
If you suspect you have a potential case following a cancer diagnosis, we’re available to explore your options for taking legal action. Some examples of cancer litigation currently being handled by our firm:
- Mesothelioma / Asbestos Exposure
- Tobacco Litigation
- Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Exposure & Sterigenics Lawsuits
- J&J Talc Baby Powder Litigation
- Hair Relaxer Cancer Lawsuits
- Zantac Cancer Claims
- Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawsuits
Examples of Our Cancer Litigation Work
Levy Konigsberg has led the field in litigating complex cancer-related claims for plaintiffs across the country. Our work has resulted in record results, millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients, and landmark rulings that have set legal precedent and changed public policy.
Here are some examples of our cancer litigation results, media coverage, and important cases:
- In June 2023, Levy Konigsberg filed 116 mesothelioma lawsuits against newly created J&J spinoff company Kenvue. The filings were the latest development in our firm’s ongoing efforts to help victims obtain justice after being diagnosed with cancer caused by their use of J&J’s talc-based baby products.
- In May 2023, Firm Partner Jerome Block, who leads our Cancer Litigation team, was featured in an episode of The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper discussing his work representing women diagnosed with cancer caused by J&J’s now discontinued baby powder and the current state of J&J talc powder litigation.
- In June 2022, Levy Konigsberg secured a major victory for mesothelioma victims and asbestos workers in New Jersey when the New Jersey Supreme Court reaffirmed on appeal that product manufacturers cannot escape liability when they fail to place adequate warnings on products, including the asbestos products at issue in the case.
- In May 2019, Levy Konigsberg helped secure a $325 million verdict against J&J for a woman who had been diagnosed with mesothelioma after using asbestos-contaminated baby powder. Although the verdict was later overturned on appeal, it prompted J&J to terminate its manufacturing of talc-based baby powder in the U.S. in May 2020.
- In October 2018, Partner Jerome Block won a $43.1 million dollar verdict against R.J. Reynolds for the family of Louis Summerlin, who died of lung cancer, against R.J. Reynolds based on a jury’s finding that the company’s menthol cigarettes were a defective product. The trial was featured in an episode of the Great Trials Podcast and was the first federal jury verdict against Big Tobacco in favor of a former smoker in New York.
- In December 2012, Block and our firm secured an historic $1.34 million jury award for the widow of a man who died from lung cancer. The jury sided with our client after finding that R.J. Reynolds negligently failed to warn about the risks and addictiveness of its cigarettes. On a separate claim, the jury also found that co-defendant Philip Morris USA fraudulently marketed “Marlboro Lights” in a way that made consumers believe “light” cigarettes were safer.
Individual & MDL Lawsuits vs. Class Actions
Because cancer-related litigation often involves issues of great concern to the public and issues that impact large populations of consumers and communities, many of these cases are consolidated through court processes that make them more efficient to litigate.
But while consolidation in large cases may be necessary, it’s important for plaintiffs with potential claims to understand the type of case they have and what prospective lawyers may be offering. This is especially true when it comes to multi-district litigation, or “mass torts,” and class actions.
- Multi-district litigation (MDL) is a special process in which many claims involving a specific issue or event are consolidated before a single federal court. MDLs streamline pre-trial proceedings and claim processing, and because they allow plaintiffs to maintain individual claims, they also require each plaintiff to prove their claims and defendants’ liability.
- Class actions are cases in which one or several representative plaintiffs represent the interests of a large group of similarly impacted individuals. This group, called the class, is represented by individual(s) called class representatives or lead plaintiffs, whose cases are the only ones which are litigated.
The distinct difference between mass torts (MDLs) and class actions is that MDLs allow plaintiffs to maintain their individual claims and pursue financial recoveries commensurate with their damages. This is an important point to understand, as participation in an MDL is more likely to position a plaintiff for a recovery that more accurately reflects their damages and which is typically larger than what’s available through class action litigation.
At Levy Konigsberg, we believe in the importance of helping victims secure the compensation they deserve and have extensive experience litigating mass torts involving cancer-related claims in federal courts across the country, as well as individual lawsuits. We can help you understand the type of litigation applicable to your case and how we may be able to help.
Our Role As Cancer Lawyers
At Levy Konigsberg, we take great pride in helping victims and families fight for justice, and in litigating consequential cases that benefit not only our clients, but also communities and families across the country. For example, our work has helped:
- Secure hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for victims and families.
- Set legal precedent to aid plaintiffs in future litigation.
- Prompt recalls and market removals of dangerous products.
- Alert health authorities and communities to serious cancer risks.
- Spur the development of improved regulations and policies that protect the public.
In addition to leveraging our experience and resources to help clients take on powerful defendants, we also recognize the profound impact cancer diagnoses can have on families.
In all cancer-related cases we handle, we provide personalized and passionate support, and are mindful that our clients’ quality of life comes first. We seek to minimize the time and energy clients spend on the legal aspects of their claims so they can spend more time with their families. Most importantly, we fight for the maximum compensation possible.
Recoverable Damages in Cancer Claims
Victims in cancer-related claims are entitled to a financial recovery of their damages. While every case is different, these damages generally include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Costs associated with medications and therapies
- Lost income and lost future earnings
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional injuries
- Other economic and non-economic damages
In cases involving fatal cancers, qualifying family members who file wrongful death and survival actions can recover other types of compensation, including:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost financial support
- Lost emotional support and lost consortium
In some cases, courts may also award plaintiffs punitive damages. Punitive damages are a class of damages meant to further punish defendants whose conduct rises to an unacceptable standard of negligence, wrongdoing, or impunity. Punitive damages are not awarded in every case, but they are not uncommon in high-stakes and emotionally turbulent cases like those involving cancer diagnoses.
The Challenges of Litigating Cancer Claims
Civil claims that seek accountability for a victim’s cancer are highly complex and consequential claims. By working with experienced attorneys, victims and their families can position themselves to overcome these challenges. This includes issues related to:
- Powerful defendants. Cancer claims are commonly brought against product manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, industrial entities, and other powerful corporations with deep pockets and extensive resources.
- Aggressive defense strategies. Defendants in cancer litigation view plaintiffs’ claims as big threats to their bottom lines and do everything in their power to defend against them. Often, this means tapping into in-house legal departments, their own medical experts, and other major resources to deflect liability and deny or underpay victims.
- Complex medical and scientific topics. Cancer-related cases require victims to prove that defendants’ products, actions, or emissions caused their cancers. As such, they can involve very complex issues of medicine, specialized fields such as oncology, and matters of environmental exposure, chemistry, and science. In some cases, powerful defendants will even fund their own scientific research in hopes that studies produce findings favorable to them.
Combating these and other challenges in cancer cases demands the attention of experienced and resourceful attorneys, as not every lawyer or law firm is equipped to handle these issues.
As a firm that has litigated major cancer claims for many years, Levy Konigsberg has built a network of resources that help plaintiffs in their quest for justice. From medical experts to private investigators, we provide the firepower victims need to level the playing field with powerful adversaries and fight for the compensation they deserve.
Call For a FREE Consultation: (800) 315-3806
Levy Konigsberg has recovered more than $3 billion in compensation for clients, including millions in compensation for victims and families who suffered losses due to cancers caused by negligence, toxic exposure, and dangerous products. We’re passionate about helping victims seek justice and have the resources to take on even the most powerful defendants.
If you have questions about a potential cancer lawsuit, our attorneys want to help. Call (800) 315-3806 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.
Resources for Victims & Families
VERDICT IN FOUR MESOTHELIOMA CASES $750 Million
FLINT WATER CRISIS SETTLEMENT $626 Million
LARGEST MESOTHELIOMA VERDICT IN U.S. HISTORY $325 Million
This case is currently awaiting final review on appeal.
Landmark Mesothelioma Case $117 Million
Stephen and Kendra Lanzo v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. and Imerys Talc America, Inc.
LANDMARK MESOTHELIOMA CASE $117 Million
Mesothelioma Case $90.5 Million
Johns Manville I
Whistleblower & Qui Tam Case $70 Million
USA ex rel Dr. Gabriel Feldman vs. The City of New York
Mesothelioma Case $47.2 Million
Consorti, Luchnick, Pulizzi, Tabolt
Menthol Cigarettes Case $43.1 Million
Joanna M. Summerlin, Individually and as Executor of the Estate of Louis E. Summerlin
Mesothelioma Case $37.3 Million
Douglas Barden et al. v. Johnson & Johnson (“J&J) and Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. (“JJCI”)
Mesothelioma Case $30.3 Million
Susan Buttitta v. Asbestos Corp., et al.
Mesothelioma Case $23 Million
City of Baltimore v. U.S. Gypsum et al.
Mesothelioma Case $22 Million
Mesothelioma Case $19.5 Million
Matteson, Lustenring v. AC & S, Inc., et al.
Mesothelioma Case $18.5 Million
New York Brooklyn Navy Yard Consolidated Asbestos Litigation
Toxic Chemical Exposure $18.2 Million
Ayers v. Township of Jackson
Mesothelioma Case $18.2 Million
Ronsini, Cardinal, Hoz
Mesothelioma Case $18.2 Million
Gantcher, White, Venturno, Dollas, Mangialomini
Mesothelioma Case $16.5 Million
Florence Nemeth v. Whittaker Clark & Daniels, et al.
Mesothelioma Case $14.3 Million
New York Consolidated Powerhouse Asbestos Litigation