Monthly Archives: February 2018

Michael Throneberry Awarded AIOPIA’s 10 Best for Client Satisfaction for Third Straight Year

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Personal attorneys.  Attorneys who selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOPIA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client nominations, thorough research, and AIOPIA’s independent evaluation.  AIOPIA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients.  As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOPIA places utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Personal Injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide.  Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.

We congratulate Michael Throneberry on this achievement and we are honored to have him as a Three Years AIOPIA Member.

Contact Michael Throneberry directly at either 480-454-6008 or 


Deadline Approaches for Libby, Montana Asbestos Victims

Residents of Libby, Montana, the site of one of the country’s most serious asbestos related disasters, face some tough decisions in the next few weeks as the statute of limitations to file asbestos cancer lawsuits against the owner of an infamous vermiculite mine comes to a close. Thousands of town residents have been diagnosed and passed away due to complications from inhaling asbestos-contaminated vermiculite particles and thousands more may meet the same fate. Over 2,000 asbestos cancer lawsuits are pending in state court and the Montana Supreme Court recently created a special judicial department to begin hearing the large backlog of cases.

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that commonly affects the thin linings of tissue surrounding the lungs and abdomen and is directly linked to exposure to asbestos, a flaky white mineral that occurs naturally around other minerals. The latency period for mesothelioma to develop is extremely long and it can be at least 20 to 40 years before victims show any symptoms. Often times, victims are left with limited treatment options as the disease progresses to such a point that tumors spread throughout the body and are inoperable.

Lawsuits began popping up in the mid 1980s as the latency period for mesothelioma to show symptoms began to peak for victims of the mine’s deadly asbestos. Investigations in the late 1990s showed a link between the vermiculite mine and the hundreds of people who were sick and dying because of exposure to asbestos dust. As if by coincidence, W.R. Grace & Co., the mine’s owner, filed for bankruptcy protection in court in 2001, a move that will severely limit its liability for injuries caused by its dangerous vermiculite mine.

Fortunately for the town’s residents, the Montana Supreme Court held that victims could still file lawsuits after learning they developed mesothelioma or another serious health condition as a result of the company’s negligence. However, now that W.R. Grace & Co. is emerging from its bankruptcy protection, victims will only have a few more weeks to file asbestos cancer lawsuits against the company, and any victims who develop after February 25, 2018 may not have actionable claims.

Nervous residents are now pondering whether or not to go ahead and file claims and try to preserve their rights to recover compensation against W.R. Grace in case they develop mesothelioma somewhere down the road. While statutes of limitations like the ones involved in these cases are unfortunate hurdles to justice, victims and their families need to understand these rules and speak to a qualified mesothelioma attorney about their cases as soon as possible to preserve their legal rights.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one is diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.


Talcum Powder Asbestos Cancer Trial Underway in New Jersey

A second trial against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson over allegations that the company’s talcum powder products caused a plaintiff’s mesothelioma cancer recently began in Middlesex County, New Jersey, superior court. A previous trial over the asbestos cancer allegations in California found for the defendants, but legal experts from around the country will be watching the latest trial closely as it could open the door to more litigation against the company.


The trial, which takes place just a few blocks from the world headquarters of Johnson & Johnson, is expected to last two months and will pit medical experts from both sides against each other. The 46-year-old plaintiff intends to prove that Johnson & Johnson knew its talcum powder based products like Baby Powder and Shower to Shower contained carcinogenic asbestos fibers which caused her cancer. The start of the trial was slightly delayed due to an evidentiary hearing in which the judge sided with the plaintiff to exclude certain evidence that the defense attempted to admit too close to the start of the trial.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer, commonly affecting thin linings of tissue surrounding the lungs and abdomen, and is directly linked to asbestos, once commonly used in a variety of industrial and commercial applications. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease and victims often incur expensive medical bills and lost wages as they fight the cancer and attempt to live longer, more comfortable lives.

As is typical in asbestos cancer lawsuits, defense attorneys for Johnson & Johnson presented various alternative theories for how and why the victim developed her serious medical condition and why the company should not be held liable. Johnson & Johnson’s attorneys asserted the plaintiff’s condition was caused by the insulation covering the pipes in her childhood home, asbestos inside the insulation at her school’s walls, and just a generally high rate of asbestos exposure in the state of New Jersey.

 Johnson & Johnson also faces thousands of other lawsuits involving its talcum powder products. Plaintiffs across the country accuse the company of knowing these products lead to a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. Several trials have produced substantial verdicts in favor of the plaintiffs, some amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars for only one plaintiff.

Other cosmetics companies and their suppliers also face similar lawsuits alleging that their talcum powder products contained asbestos which caused the plaintiffs’ mesothelioma diagnoses. In California, a jury awarded a plaintiff $18 million in punitive damages in her lawsuit against Imerys Talc. The jury in that case determined Imerys knew its talc contained the carcinogenic mineral but chose to continue sourcing the substance to companies.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.