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Five companies being sued in the outbreak of fungal meningitis last fall that killed 62 and injured about 700 others have agreed to enter mediation, according to Kimberly Dougherty, who heads the Boston office of Janet, Jenner & Suggs.

A federal judge has concluded that a sex-assignment surgery on a child too young to consent could be a violation of his Constitutional rights.

A Memphis jury has found that delays in performing an urgently needed cesarean section resulted in a baby developing severe brain damage and cerebral palsy and awarded him $33.5 million to cover the cost of future health care needs and other damages.

“M.C.”–as the child is called for privacy reasons–was born at Greenville Memorial Hospital in 2004 as an intersex child, a condition formerly known as hermaphroditism. The child was born with both male and female genitalia, but at 16-months-old while still an orphan, the Crawfords’ lawsuits allege the state performed gender-selective surgery on M.C., effectively turning the child into a female by removing his male reproductive organs.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC) and pro bono counsel for the private law firms of Janet, Jenner & Suggs and Steptoe & Johnson LLP filed a lawsuit today against the South Carolina Department of Social Services, Greenville Hospital System, Medical University of South Carolina and individual employees for performing an irreversible and medically unnecessary surgery on an infant in the state’s care.

A Columbia couple is suing the S.C. Department of Social Services, social workers and doctors for having sexual-reassignment surgery performed on a toddler who was born with “ambiguous genitals,” and both male and female internal sex organs.

The lawyers for the only Jerry Sandusky victim pursuing damages against Penn State in court are arguing against the university’s latest attempt to thwart the case. Led by Baltimore attorney Howard Janet, they fired back in the court papers and told federal Judge Anita Brody that the allegations are specific enough to move forward to the discovery phase of the lawsuit.

Penn State was rebuffed in another attempt to have a lawsuit filed by one of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse victims put on hold, and lawyers for The Second Mile charity went on the offensive to have the lawsuit tossed.

On April 9, Judge Saylor of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, announced the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for In re: New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. (MDL No. 1:13-md-2419-FDS) Kim Dougherty, an attorney and Manager of the Boston office of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, has been appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) in litigation […]

Last fall, 17,000 vials of a steroid were shipped to clinics and hospitals in 23 states. The drug had to be sterile because patients would have it injected into their joints or their spines to relieve chronic pain. What happened next is the worst pharmaceutical disaster in decades.