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Southern Food Group, LLC d/b/a Dean Foods and 42 affiliated companies filed petitions today under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The Debtors have asked that all cases be jointly administered for procedural purposes. In its bankruptcy petition, Dean Foods lists $2.29 billion in assets and $2.18 billion in debts. Dallas based Dean Foods is America’s largest...

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Dallas trial lawyers demand transparency, accountability from e-cigarette industry DALLAS – Veteran mass tort lawyers at Dallas-based Fears Nachawati Law Firm are actively investigating injuries and illnesses blamed on Juul e-cigarettes and related vaping products. The Fears Nachawati trial team has extensive expertise uncovering questionable actions by medical and pharmaceutical companies and leading litigation on behalf of the victims of dangerous and defective products. Firm...

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When a woman was forced to undergo a painful surgery in order to have a defective medical device removed, Fears Nachawati took the lead and got her the compensation she needed to make sure her medical needs were covered. And the jury returned $3 million verdict in defective ivc filter case. The inferior vena cava is a large vein that takes blood from the lower...

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Fears Nachawati attorney Jonathan Novak recently appeared on The Story with Martha MacCallum to discuss the $10-12 billion offered by Perdue Pharma to settle the opioid lawsuits it’s currently facing in court. Jonathan discusses where the money should go, and why we seem to be in the exact same place we were in with Big Tobacco in the 1990s. You can watch the video below....

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While drug manufacturers and distributors are finally being held responsible for the opioid crisis they unleashed on the country, the task of correcting the widespread damages caused by opioid addiction has just begun. And still there will be those who insist the drug companies did nothing wrong. The Wall Street Journal recently published a letter by Fears Nachawati’s Bryan Fears and Jonathan Novak, written in...

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Dallas trial lawyer Majed Nachawati honored for class actions, mass torts DALLAS – Trial attorney Majed Nachawati, co-founding partner of Dallas-based Fears Nachawati Law Firm, has earned recognition on the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers list. Mr. Nachawati’s selection to the annual peer-review listing was based on his class action and mass torts litigation work. He has successfully represented many individuals harmed by prescription drugs, medical...

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An Oklahoma judge returned a $572 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson on Monday, finding that the pharmaceutical giant’s misleading marketing of highly addictive prescription opioids had created a “public nuisance” in that state. “This is the most important decision yet in this ongoing public health crisis,” said Majed Nachawati, founding partner of Dallas-based Fears Nachawati PLLC, which represents regional governments and other plaintiffs in...

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Bryan Fears, Majed Nachawati of Dallas earn Best Lawyers in America recognition DALLAS – Trial attorneys Bryan Fears and Majed Nachawati, co-founding partners of Fears Nachawati Law Firm, have earned selection to the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Fears was selected for work involving bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law. Mr. Nachawati was recognized for his work on behalf...

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An article by Fears Nachawati’s Jonathan Novak published in the Maryland Bar Journal examines the origins of the opioid addiction epidemic and the critical role that the legal system is playing in helping overwhelmed state and regional governments address long-term societal damages caused by opioid addiction. In “Bootstrapping the Opioid Epidemic: Civil litigators are assisting communities in recovering from the opioid crisis where the Federal...

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Nationally known lawyer Gale Pearson, who is helping to pioneer water contamination litigation, has joined Dallas-based Fears Nachawati Law Firm. A nationally certified clinical laboratory scientist, Ms. Pearson has served on several multidistrict litigation science committees. She helped lead Minnesota’s first lawsuits alleging water contamination by 3M-manufactured chemicals. Recently, she was named to the federal Plaintiffs Executive Committee leadership group for multidistrict lawsuits involving water...

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FORT WORTH, Texas – The $166 million jury verdict secured by Fears Nachawati for the son of a North Texas woman killed for the proceeds of her life insurance policies has been recognized by The National Law Journal as 2018’s largest intentional tort award in Texas. The May 2018 jury verdict in Tarrant County’s 141st Judicial District Court was also ranked the sixth largest among...

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The Dallas-based law firm Fears Nachawati has been retained by the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners in Maryland to pursue a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors over their role in the epidemic of addiction to these painkillers. Representing the southern Maryland county is a legal consortium that features Matthew McCarley and Jonathan Novak of Fears Nachawati, along with attorneys from Ferrer, Poirot &...

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As concern mounts over health risks from so-called “forever chemicals,” environmental trial lawyers at Dallas-based Fears Nachawati Law Firm are investigating water contamination cases on behalf of states, counties and cities across the nation. Groundwater contamination from fluorine-based PFAS compounds has been reported at hundreds of sites across the U.S., threatening the drinking water of millions of Americans. Industrial chemicals including PFAS, PFOA and PFC...

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Fears Nachawati cofounders, Bryan Fears and Majed Nachawati, were among a small group of prominent Texas lawyers hosting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on a campaign-related stop in Dallas on Wednesday. Mr. Fears and Mr. Nachawati joined Lisa Blue Baron, Dori and Russell Budd, Lisa and Peter Kraus, John Driscoll, and Wendy and Marc Stanley in hosting a lunchtime fundraiser for Mr. Biden, who currently...

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As a constitutional challenge to the State Bar of Texas’ mandatory membership challenge percolates through the courts, Law360 reporter Michelle Casady recently talked with Fears Nachawati cofounder Majed Nachawati for an observer’s perspective of the dispute. Texas is one of five states in which lawyers are challenging mandatory bar membership dues following a U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Janus v AFSCME. That closely watched opinion...

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  Trial attorney Majed Nachawati, co-founding partner of Fears Nachawati Law Firm, has been appointed to the State Bar of Texas Committee on Professionalism. His three-year term will begin in June. The Committee on Professionalism reports directly to the State Bar Board of Directors and is responsible for recommendations on improving professionalism among Texas lawyers, with particular attention to the development of new attorneys. “The...

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DALLAS – Fears Nachawati trial lawyer Jonathan Novak will be a featured speaker at a continuing legal education conference in Austin exploring legal issues surrounding the opioid epidemic. The May 8 Opioid Litigation Conference, hosted by HarrisMartin Publishing, is titled “The State Court Case Against the PBMs, Retailers and Distributors.” Mr. Novak is scheduled to present the 11:15 a.m. seminar “Roadmap for Applying DEA Retail...

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The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed weaker standards for cleaning up dangerous groundwater contamination sites across the country where chemicals containing fluorine-based PFAS compounds threaten drinking supplies of millions of Americans. The proposal would lower existing requirements for addressing groundwater contamination at military bases where large amounts of contamination have been documented. “We’ve seen companies like 3M and DuPont fail to take responsibility for the...

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On Tuesday night, the Williams County Commission voted unanimously to join other North Dakota counties in a lawsuit coordinated by Fears Nachawati and a number of other law firms and aimed at drug manufacturers and distributors responsible for the nationwide opioid epidemic. Ahead of the vote, the firm was on hand to brief the commissioners on the rising number of opioid overdoses in Williams County...

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Fears Nachawati trial lawyer Jonathan Novak was a special guest on a recent edition of the Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast, where he provided background on the causes of the opioid epidemic and described legal strategies being used to hold pharmaceutical companies, distributers and other parties along the supply chain accountable. In litigation that seeks sweeping economic penalties for damages caused by opioid drugs, attorneys are...

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Fears Nachawati trial lawyer Jonathan Novak was a special guest on a recent edition of the Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast, where he provided background on the causes of the opioid epidemic and described legal strategies being used to hold pharmaceutical companies, distributers and other parties along the supply chain accountable. In litigation that seeks sweeping economic penalties for damages caused by opioid drugs, attorneys are...

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Fears Nachawati trial lawyer Jonathan Novak was a special guest on a recent edition of the Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast, where he provided background on the causes of the opioid epidemic and described legal strategies being used to hold pharmaceutical companies, distributers and other parties along the supply chain accountable. In litigation that seeks sweeping economic penalties for damages caused by opioid drugs, attorneys are...

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 Fears Nachawati trial lawyer Jonathan Novak was a special guest on a recent edition of the Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast, where he provided background on the causes of the opioid epidemic and described legal strategies being used to hold pharmaceutical companies, distributers and other parties along the supply chain accountable. In litigation that seeks sweeping economic penalties for damages caused by opioid drugs, attorneys...

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DALLAS – Trial attorney Majed Nachawati has been selected to the 2019 list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine based on his outstanding work in mass tort litigation. This is the fourth year the co-founding partner of Fears Nachawati Law Firm has made the list. Mr. Nachawati has developed a national reputation for his representation of individuals, businesses and public entities in...

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  Fears Nachawati trial lawyer Matthew McCarley was featured in an episode of the true crime show “In Ice Cold Blood,” detailing the murder-for-hire of a 69-year-old woman who was killed for her $5 million life insurance policies. In 2014, Anita Fox was found fatally stabbed inside a Colleyville house where she worked as a housekeeper. Bernard “Little Joe” Gorman and his father, Bernard “Big...

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Following the announcement that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma had reached a landmark settlement with the state of Oklahoma for damages caused by opioid addition, the Associated Press spoke with Fears Nachawati trial lawyer Jonathan Novak about the significance of the settlement. The agreement is expected to lead to additional settlements filed by states and public entities across the U.S. The $270 million settlement includes funding...

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National law firm Fears Nachawati is launching an immediate investigation into the popular gout drug Uloric, manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a boxed warning stemming from of the increased risk of death from Uloric use. The law firm is encouraging anyone who has experienced serious health problems or whose family members died after Uloric use to consult...

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Author: Julianne Parker, Bankruptcy Attorney Payless ShoeSource has filed its second bankruptcy in 2 years.  It first filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in 2017.  It restructured its $435 million in debt and closed approximately 500 of its stores in the original bankruptcy.  In its second bankruptcy, filed on February 18, 2019, it plans to close all its 2,500 stores located...

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SALT LAKE CITY – An Army combat veteran in Utah has filed a lawsuit against 3M, seeking damages for permanent hearing loss caused by defective earplugs and alleging that the manufacturer doctored test results to win a government contract. The lawsuit filed by Dallas-based Fears Nachawati Law Firm on behalf of Nathan Fortie seeks economic damages for permanent hearing loss and tinnitus caused when 3M...

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Before the country grasped the full extent of the opioid crisis, it was already claiming thousand of lives, costing millions of dollars, and millions more in resources. Now, another sobering statistic has been released, this time from the National Safety Council. For the first time in history, Americans are more likely to die by opioid overdoses than they are in a vehicle crash. According to...

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The Fort Worth Weekly interviewed attorney Matthew McCarley regarding the firm’s recent lawsuit against Perdue Pharma and other opioid manufacturers. The suit, filed on behalf of Johnson County, Texas, alleges that pharmaceutical companies knowingly deceived the public regarding the effects of opioids, which in turn has led to the crisis our communities are facing today. In the interview, McCarley discusses what Fear Nachawati hopes to...

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Thousands of lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies, prescription drug distributors and pharmacy retailers for their role in causing the opioid epidemic are based on the legal strategy honed 20 years ago in epic litigation against the tobacco industry, said Fears Nachawati Law Firm trial lawyer Jonathan Novak in a special appearance on the Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast. Trial lawyers are demanding that manufacturers and companies along...

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DALLAS – Trial attorney Majed Nachawati, co-founding partner of Fears Nachawati Law Firm, has been appointed to the Legal Ethics Committee of the Dallas Bar Association for 2019. The Legal Ethics Committee is responsible for establishing and presenting the slate of ethics-related continuing legal education programs, including the DBA’s annual legal ethics seminar. “Ethics is the foundation of the legal profession,” said Mr. Nachawati. “You...

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DALLAS – Fears Nachawati Law Firm co-founder Majed Nachawati is continuing his leadership role in the legal community with an appointment to the Dallas Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service Committee. Mr. Nachawati’s appointment to a new term on the LRS Committee underscores his commitment to ensuring that everyone has access to the civil justice system. He has played an integral role in building a firm...

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The opioid epidemic in America is killing more than a hundred people a day. Nearly $80B is being spent every year in health care costs, treatment programs, and additional costs to states, cities and counties. For decades, drug manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers – created the pill spill crisis and to this day continue to profit from it – having largely avoided taking any responsibility...

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DALLAS – Increasing its ability to provide exceptional representation involving opioid and mass tort litigation in Texas and throughout the country, Dallas’ Fears Nachawati has added former U.S. Department of Justice litigator Jonathan Novak as an associate in Dallas. “Jonathan has served our nation well in the fight against opioids,” said Bryan Fears, founding partner at Fears Nachawati, pointing to the critical role Mr. Novak...

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No doubt, at some point in your life, there will be times when you will need to turn to the help and assistance of an attorney. Selecting the right attorney can be an intimidating proposition. There are nearly 100,000 attorneys here in the state of Texas, who have been educated and have knowledge of different disciplines of the law. Those specialties include personal injury, estate...

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There are more than one million lawyers across the United States, and nearly 100,000 in the state of Texas—the second largest active-member state bar in the country. The practice of law is a competitive and highly active industry and trying to pick the right lawyer among all those options can feel like a daunting or even impossible task, especially if your life has been turned...

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A months-long trial in San Francisco has ended after a jury found that Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer contributed to a school groundskeeper’s lymphoma, awarding the man $289 million in damages in this landmark decision. Dewayne Johnson’s case was the first to go to trial because his doctors said he was near death due to his terminal cancer and California offers an expedited trial in those...

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