Monthly Archives: November 2009

Asbestos & Mesothelioma Pioneer Research Doctor Irving Selikoff Testifies in Landmark Case

The dangers of asbestos exposure were known to scientists and industry by the early part of the 20th century.  The relationship between asbestos exposure and cancer was known and acknowledged by at least the early 1940s. In the 1950s, Dr. Irving Selikoff began his research at the Mt Sinai School of Medicine. While Dr Seikoff certainly did not discover the dangers of asbestos, he did more than any other human being living or dead to publicize the information on asbestos and disease and as a result changed the landscape of occupational medicine forever.

I had the privilege of getting to know Dr Selikoff personally and was able to proudly call him my friend. I spent may hours with Dr. Selikoff at his home and at his office discussing the need to educate and protect workers and the public from the ravages of asbestos exposure. The last project we worked on together was to obtain funding for molecular biological research on the cause of environmentally induced cancer.

Although Dr. Selikoff is acknowledged at the preeminent expert on asbestos related disease, he avoided working as an expert witness because it took time away from his research. By clicking on the following link you can read the rare testimony provided by Dr. Selikoff in the landmark case of Claude Tomplait.

Cohen Placitella & Roth Trial Attorney ,Joel Rosen,Wins $8.5 Million Verdict for 22-Year-Old Who Suffered Multiple Catastrophic Injuries Due to Ford Motor Company’s Negligence

Cohen Placitella  & Roth trial attorney, Joel Rosen,  along with co-counsels  Willie Gary & Lorenzo Williams were awarded an $8.5 million judgment on behalf of their client, 22-year-old Latoya Duckett. Duckett was a rear seat passenger in a Ford vehicle which suddenly swerved to the left of the roadway, lost control and flipped over several times.Continue Reading

Verdicts for Mesothelioma Victims Bring Justice

Over the course of the last month there have been an umber of important verdicts for people suffering from mesothelioma.  Juries continue to reject the litigation defenses in favor of the truth.  To learn more read

A Tribute to a Friend I Will Never Forget

When I first started representing people injured from exposure to asbestos, I was blessed to meet Vincent (Vinny) Cudiner. Vinny was a Local 12 insulator out of New York City who lived in New Jersey with his family. When I first met Vinny , he had been diagnosed with mesothelioma , a form of cancerContinue Reading