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Wilkinson Stekloff Wins First-Ever Jury Verdict for Monsanto in Roundup Mass Tort LitigationOctober 6, 2021
After a single day of deliberation, a jury delivered the first-ever verdict for Monsanto yesterday in Clark v. Monsanto, a trial involving claims that the herbicide Roundup causes Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Wilkinson Stekloff Founding Partner Brian Stekloff first-chaired the trial; Associate Cali Cope-Kasten handled several witnesses, and Partner Kieran Gostin advised on all aspects of trial strategy. Clark was the fourth case in this mass tort to go to trial; the three previous trials resulted in verdicts against Monsanto ranging from $81 million to over $2 billion. Clark was also the first case involving a child plaintiff. The victory was the product of a comprehensive trial strategy. Shortly after being retained as lead trial counsel, Brian convinced the judge to “reverse bifurcate” the case into a first phase focused on causation and a second phase focused on liability and damages. The ruling marked the first time a state court judge has ...
Wilkinson Stekloff Partner Moira Penza Quoted in Coverage of High-Profile TrialsOctober 1, 2021
Journalists regularly call on Wilkinson Stekloff Partner Moira Penza to serve as a source for their reporting. Moira’s extensive experience on cases receiving intense media attention, and her knowledge of trial strategy, enable her to provide context and insight that helps reporters accurately communicate important nuances of trials to their readers. Over the past two months, Moria has provided substantive commentary on strategy in the R. Kelly trial to outlets including NPR, The Daily Beast, CNN, and, most recently, The New York Times, in which she provided analysis of the defense’s cross-examination technique. Moira brings this same deep experience in courtroom strategy to her work on behalf of Wilkinson Stekloff clients, and the firm is fortunate to have her on the team.
Wilkinson Stekloff Wins Landmark Immigration AppealAugust 26, 2021
Washington, D.C. — Wilkinson Stekloff associates Chanakya Sethi and Alison Zoschak have secured a major pro bono win in the Ninth Circuit, convincing the court that non-citizens facing reinstatement of prior deportation orders have a right to counsel in their removal proceedings. Chan was appointed to represent Walter Orozco-Lopez as a member of the Ninth Circuit’s pro bono panel and argued the case in April 2021. The precedential decision could affect thousands of individuals in the Ninth Circuit each year. The federal government has for the last decade deported upwards of 100,000 people annually under an expedited procedure that allows for reinstatement of earlier deportation orders. Unlike non-citizens in ordinary removal proceedings, these individuals have been denied the right to an attorney when they have challenged their deportation on the grounds that they fear return to their native countries. Chan and Alison argued that the Immigration and Nationality Act codifies ...