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May 2022 Newsletter

Major Case News

Baum Hedlund Files First-of-its-Kind Baby Food Lawsuit

Baby FoodFiled on behalf of a seven-year-old boy, our lawsuit alleges several major baby food companies knowingly sell products that contain dangerously high levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury. Research shows that exposure to these toxic metals can lead to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. We now represent more than 1,000 families throughout the country in this litigation.

$10.9 Billion Roundup Cancer Settlements

After winning multiple jury verdicts worth roughly $2.4 billion, Baum Hedlund Vice President and Senior Shareholder R. Brent Wisner helped negotiate settlements to resolve thousands of Monsanto Roundup cancer cases for a combined $10.9 billion. The resolution is one of the largest in recent history. Super Lawyers Magazine recently dubbed Wisner ‘The 2 Billion Dollar Man’ for his success with the Pilliod trial. Our firm is no longer accepting Roundup cases.

Litigation Updates

Zantac: California state litigation in the Zantac (ranitidine) cancer cases is well underway. Baum Hedlund Senior Shareholder R. Brent Wisner and Jennifer Moore of the Moore Law Group were appointed to the plaintiffs’ leadership in the California “Ranitidine Product Cases” JCCP 5150, currently the largest state court proceeding in the Zantac litigation. With hundreds of Zantac cases pending in the California Ranitidine Product Cases JCCP and thousands in the federal Zantac MDL, our firm is among the top in the nation representing claimants who allege the popular heartburn medication caused them to develop cancer. The first Zantac trial, a case from the Ranitidine Product Cases JCCP 5150, is scheduled for October 2022.

Gardasil: Baum Hedlund has taken the lead in the Gardasil HPV vaccine litigation against Merck. We have filed nearly two dozen lawsuits since 2020 on behalf of young women and men who allege the vaccine caused them to develop Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and other severe autoimmune disorders. Hundreds of people from across the U.S. have retained our firm to file their petitions before the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) and/or pursue cases against Merck & Co., Gardasil’s manufacturer, in civil court.

Aviation & Ground Transportation: Baum Hedlund continues to litigate truck accident cases across the United States on behalf of victims seeking justice. We handle aviation accident lawsuits involving commercial airliners, single-engine aircraft, passenger jets, helicopters, military and other aircraft. In our nearly 40-year history as a firm, our attorneys have represented aviation accident victims in some of the worst aviation disasters in history.

California Wildfires: Baum Hedlund led claims for more than 200 victims of the 2018 Camp Fire in Northern California, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. Our firm also represents nearly 200 families (including a wrongful death case) and individual victims of the 2018 Woolsey Fire. We have settled a significant number of cases.

Baum Hedlund Recognized

California Powerhouse: Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman

Law360 chose Baum Hedlund as one of only five law firms in California to be awarded “California Powerhouse” as part of its Regional Powerhouse Series. Law360 recognizes firms that have a strong regional presence and work on important legal matters within their home state.

The Best Lawyers in America 2022

Our national trial team at Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman is proud to announce that Best Lawyers® has selected six of our attorneys for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 and two of our attorneys for 2022 Ones to Watch.

Individual Attorney Honors

  • Mass Torts Made Perfect (MTMP) - Clarence Darrow Award (2021) - Brent Wisner
  • The American Lawyer - West Trailblazers (2021) - Brent Wisner
  • The Daily Journal - Top Plaintiff Lawyers (2021) - 3rd consecutive year - Brent Wisner
  • Law360 Rising Star (40 under 40) Product Liability (2021) - Brent Wisner
  • CAOC - Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist (2021) - Brent Wisner
  • Southern California Super Lawyers® & Rising Stars (2022) - 11 Baum Hedlund Lawyers
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers (2022) - 4th consecutive year for Michael Baum and Brent Wisner. First year for Bijan Esfandiari.

AAJ Aviation Law Section Sponsorship

Our firm is proud to sponsor the Aviation Law Section of the American Association for Justice during its 2022 Winter Convention in Palm Springs, California, and the Annual Convention in Seattle in July. On February 13, Baum Hedlund senior shareholder and Chair of the AAJ’s Aviation Section, Timothy Loranger, led the Aviation Section winter meeting and hosted a very well attended reception. The week in Palm Springs proved to be a great success and Tim enjoyed catching up with colleagues on important aviation related legal issues, while collaborating on a plan of action to increase section member participation and furthering the goal of protecting victims’ rights to seek justice.

Why Partner with Baum Hedlund?

Since 1985, the award-winning attorneys at Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman have won more than

$4 billion in verdicts and settlements for clients across a wide variety of practice areas. Our firm has earned a reputation for breaking new legal ground, holding major corporations accountable, influencing public policy, and raising public awareness about important safety issues.

Baum Hedlund is a national leader in several ongoing litigations. We accept case referrals for several areas of practice and have the resources and experts to get the job done and secure your referral fee. The next time you receive any of the following cases, we hope that you will consider our firm:

  • Plane and Helicopter Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Military Accidents (Aviation and Vehicle)
  • Zantac (Ranitidine)
  • Cancer Lawsuits
  • Toxic Baby Food - Autism and ADHD Lawsuits
  • Gardasil HPV Vaccine Lawsuits

If you are interested in referring a case to us, please contact us at or give us a call at 310-207-3233.

Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman recently opened a new Bay Area office located at 100 Drakes Landing Road, Suite 160 Greenbrae, California.

R. Brent Wisner now manages Baum Hedlund’s Northern California office and continues to handle mass torts, class actions, and consumer fraud cases for the firm.

Our main office is in Los Angeles. We have four satellite offices across the state of California and one in Washington, D.C.



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