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August 11, 2020
Federal Court Boots Medtronic Insulin Pump Recall Litigation to State Court
Concluding that the court lacked jurisdiction, United States District Court judge Dolly M. Gee remanded a case involving Medtronic’s recently recalled 600 series insulin infusion pumps to the California state court where it originated.  The case, Plum, et al.  v. Medtronic, was originally filed in California Superior Court in Los Angeles on behalf of...Read More >>
June 8, 2020
National Park, NJ Residents File Class Action Against Solvay, Arkema
The owners of four homes in the Borough of National Park have filed a class action lawsuit charging companies associated with a West Deptford chemical facility with polluting the municipal wells that supply them their drinking water. The complaint, Severa, et al. v. Solvay Specialty Polymers, USA, LLC, et al alleges that between 1988...Read More >>
June 5, 2020
Complaint Filed Regarding Water Pollution in National Park
Williams Cedar has filed a class action complaint on behalf of the residents of National Park, New Jersey for contamination of their public water supply against Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, and Arkema, Inc. Complaints have also been filed for individual homeowners and tenants against the same polluters for contamination of private water wells. You...Read More >>
May 19, 2020
Important Victories in PFOA Cases
Williams Cedar and a consortium of co-counsel represent hundreds of residents whose drinking water has been contaminated with the fluorinated chemical known as PFOA in two New York villages, Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh. The cases arise from the release of PFOA during the manufacture of products used in moisture-resistant coatings. Led by Williams Cedar partner...Read More >>
February 25, 2020
Kevin Haverty Recertified as Civil Trial Attorney
Williams Cedar is proud to announce that one of our attorneys, Kevin Haverty, has been recertified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. This honor establishes Kevin’s dedication to civil trial litigation and his admirable level of knowledge and experience within the legal field. This recertification has been signed...Read More >>
February 11, 2020
On June 23, 2011, James McIntyre was pulled over in his truck by a uniformed Philadelphia police officer, on the pretense that the truck had been involved in a hit-and-run accident.  Unbeknownst to McIntyre, the stop, and its false justification, had been orchestrated by members of the Philadelphia Police Department assigned to its Narcotics...Read More >>
February 10, 2020
Williams Cedar is one of the firms representing plaintiffs in Burdick v. Tonoga, Inc., a class action arising from the contamination of private and municipal drinking water wells with the dangerous chemical known as PFOA or “C8”.  Plaintiffs allege that the defendant, formerly known as Taconic, caused the pollution of drinking water in Petersburgh,...Read More >>
February 6, 2020
Congratulations to Kevin Haverty!
Kevin Haverty, a partner at Williams Cedar, has been recognized in Best Lawyers 2020. Selection for this prestigious honor is based entirely on peer review, reflecting the consensus opinion of leading lawyers within a specific practice area and geographical location. Kevin Haverty is an experienced trial attorney who focuses on medical negligence, pharmaceutical and...Read More >>
January 30, 2020
Slip and Fall Case Yields $1.3 Million Verdict for Client
On January 29, 2020, a Mercer County jury returned a verdict of $1.3 million against a subsidiary of Comcast in Scott v. Global Spectrum. Williams Cedar partners Alan Sklarsky, David Cedar, and Kevin Haverty handled the slip and fall case with Sklarsky serving as lead trial counsel.  On his way from attending a concert...Read More >>
January 17, 2020
Gerald Williams Quoted in Church Militant News Story on Mexican Bishops Call to End Statute of Limitations
Attorney Gerald J. Williams was quoted by Church Militant.Com regarding the request made by the Mexican Bishops Conference to abolish the statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases in Mexico. In describing the sharp contrast with the position taken by U.S. bishops, Church cited the widely respected study co-sponsored by Williams Cedar,...Read More >>
November 1, 2019
Congratulations to Attorney Shauna Itri of Seeger Weiss
Williams Cedar would like to congratulate Shauna Itri of Seeger Weiss who has been honored by Philadelphia Business Journal as part of the third annual class for Best of the Bar: Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers. Nominations were evaluated by the business journal’s editorial board and three independent judges who based their decision on the nominees’...Read More >>
September 17, 2019
Attorney Gerald J. Williams Secures Victory in Scranton Diocese Case
Attorney Gerald J.Williams from Williams Cedar secured a victory in the litigation of the clergy abuse case against the Scranton Diocese, an allegedly abusive former priest, and current and former bishops. The case, which was filed on behalf of the abuse survivor in November 2018 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, accused the former priest of allegedly...Read More >>
August 14, 2019
The Who’s Who in Philly Labor Show
Jerry Williams was featured on a podcast with the Who’s Who in Philly Labor Show on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. The American Justice Radio Show featured Jerry who discussed sexual abuses that occur in the workplace, at school, at camp, by people of influence, or while participating in a sanctioned organization activity. Click here...Read More >>
June 21, 2019
Jerry Williams Interviewed by Fox43 News
Fox43 News interviewed partner Jerry Williams this week. Stay tuned for an update on the full story when it airs!Read More >>
June 6, 2019
Attorney Gerald J. Williams on the Church’s Efforts to Thwart Justice
An investigation backed by attorneys at Williams Cedar, Seeger Weiss LLP, Abraham Watkins and the Simpson Tuegel Law Firm revealed shocking evidence of the Church’s unwillingness to live up to their promise to hold abusive priests accountable and change the system that allowed the abuse to continue for decades. The report, titled Church Influencing State: How the Catholic...Read More >>
June 5, 2019
Catholic Church Spent $10.6M Lobbying Against Clergy Abuse Bills
A new report reveals how the Roman Catholic Church spent millions of dollars from 2011 to 2018 to stop reforms aimed at making it easier for survivors of clergy abuse to sue for damages. The report, entitled Church Influencing State: How the Catholic Church Spent Millions Against Survivors of Clergy Abuse, was commissioned by...Read More >>
May 15, 2019
Williams Cedar Holds Press Conference for Lawsuit Against Diocese of Camden
On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, our legal team held a press conference regarding a lawsuit the firm has filed against the Diocese of Camden on behalf of Justin Hoffmann, a survivor of clergy abuse. Various news outlets covered the event on the heels of Governor Murphy signing a new bill on May 13th that...Read More >>
May 9, 2019
Williams Cedar Co-Founders Honored by Super Lawyers
The team at Williams Cedar is pleased to announce that two of their partners have been honored by Super Lawyers for 2019. This designation is just one example of the many notable recognitions for the firm. For over 25 years, attorneys at Williams Cedar have been fighting for those harmed by negligence, discrimination, and...Read More >>
May 1, 2019
Plan to Build a Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility Rejected
In a major victory for community residents and the environment, a special session of the Falls Township Board of Supervisors, held on 4/30/19 in a packed auditorium at Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, PA, ended in an unanimous vote to reject the plan of Elcon, LLC to build a hazardous waste treatment facility...Read More >>
April 8, 2019
Kevin Haverty and Alan Sklarsky Recognized by Best Lawyers©
Williams Cedar trial lawyers Alan Sklarsky and Kevin Haverty have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in the Mass Tort/Class Action category. Both lawyers are invaluable members of Williams Cedar, and have had commendable careers. Kevin Haverty, partner at Williams Cedar, has been practicing law for 25 years. Mr. Haverty has...Read More >>
March 19, 2019
Judge Rules Some Paulsboro Settlements Invalid
A Gloucester County Superior Court ruling has deemed some settlements resulting from Paulsboro Train Derailment in November 2012 invalid after it was found that the settlements were made without court approval via a process known as a “Friendly Hearing”.  The purpose of a “Friendly Hearing” is for the court to determine the fairness and...Read More >>
February 15, 2019
NJ Dioceses Publish List of Abusive Priests
On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, five Catholic dioceses in New Jersey published a list of more than 180 priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors over several decades. New Jersey joins more than two dozen other states who have published similar reports, most notably a landmark grand jury report released in Pennsylvania in...Read More >>
January 31, 2019
New York Passes Child Victims Act
Important legislation passed earlier this week in New York for survivors of sexual abuse. Please read more here.Read More >>
January 17, 2019
Unanimous Federal Arbitration Ruling is Win for Workers
On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court ruled that that the courts should first determine if an exception applies to federal arbitration law before beginning the arbitration process in labor disputes. Justice Neil Gorsuch stated regarding his written opinion in the New Prime versus Oliveira case that the Federal Arbitration Act must be interpreted as...Read More >>
November 7, 2018
Ribbon-Cutting for New Office in New Jersey
The team at Williams Cedar had a great time at the ribbon-cutting of our new office in historic Haddonfield, New Jersey. The celebration took place on Friday, November 2, 2018 at our location at 8 Kings Highway West, Suite B Haddonfield, NJ 08033. At Williams Cedar, our experienced and dedicated attorneys are proud to represent clients in...Read More >>
October 22, 2018
Williams Cedar Opens New Office in New Jersey
All are welcome at the ribbon-cutting of our new office located in Haddonfield, New Jersey! Williams Cedar is a firm of caring and compassionate trial lawyers who along with their staff represent only victims. Our legal team is dedicated to protecting the personal, civil, and consumer rights of clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania....Read More >>
October 19, 2018
Settlement for Ferris Wheel Accident
Williams Cedar LLC attorneys David M. Cedar, Esquire and Shauna L. Friedman, Esquire successfully negotiated a substantial settlement involving victims of a tragic Ferris wheel accident which happened on August 8, 2016 at the annual fair in Greenville, TN.  The terms of this settlement are confidential. The incident involved two children who were ejected...Read More >>
October 4, 2018
Christopher Markos Visits Philly Hott Radio
Recently, Williams Cedar attorney Christopher Markos and Superior Court Judge Carolyn Nichols visited the popular Philly Hott Radio show to discuss the topic of civil rights. During the interview, the pair examined ways a person can know if their rights have been violated. Mr. Markos also explained the role of a civil rights attorney...Read More >>
August 30, 2018
Video of PEOPIL Conference in Spain
As previously reported, Williams Cedar attorney, Kevin Haverty recently participated in a panel discussion on informed consent at the Medical Negligence Conference of the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) in Barcelona, Spain. The conference was a wonderful experience. To learn more, view the PEOPIL video of the Barcelona conference here.  Read More >>
July 7, 2018
Williams Cedar Part of Team Winning Class Certification in PFOA
Partner Jerry Williams and other Williams Cedar lawyers are co-counsel to plaintiffs in Burdickv. Tonoga, Inc. (d/b/a Taconic), a lawsuit filed in Rensselaer County, New York. Burdick arises from the contamination of public and private water supplies in Petersburgh, New York with the toxin perfluorooctanoic (“PFOA”).   On July 3, 2018 Judge Patrick J. McGrath...Read More >>
June 22, 2018
Kevin Haverty Participates in PEOPIL Conference in Spain
Williams Cedar attorney, Kevin Haverty (far left) recently participated in a panel discussion on informed consent at the Medical Negligence Conference of the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) in Barcelona, Spain on June 7, 2018.  For more information, call the legal team at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099 or submit an online inquiry.Read More >>
May 18, 2018
Gerald J. Williams Named Super Lawyers for 2018
The law firm of Williams Cedar is pleased to announce that Attorney Gerald J. Williams, co-founder and partner of the firm, was named a Super Lawyer for 2018. Super Lawyers bestows this honor on outstanding lawyers throughout the 50 states and Washington, D.C. each year to recognize their achievements in the legal profession. Independent...Read More >>
May 17, 2018
Justice Department to Investigate New Jersey Correctional Facility
A recently launched investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice will focus on shocking sexual abuse allegations at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, New Jersey. The investigation will explore claims that there was widespread sexual abuse of inmates by guards; and will evaluate whether the facility can protect prisoners. In...Read More >>
May 15, 2018
White House and EPA Delayed Chemical Pollution Study
The White House and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently delayed publication of an important study by the federal agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (“ATSDR”). The draft report is on the toxic effects of PFOA and PFOS contaminants found in widespread water supplies near military bases, chemical plants, and other sites in New...Read More >>
May 14, 2018
Important Victory Preserves Right to Trial
Williams Cedar is pleased to announce an important victory.  After winning an appeal to the Third Circuit in a civil rights case the case brought on behalf of a deceased Pennsylvania State Trooper killed by his instructor during a training exercise, the defendant sought review by the Supreme Court of the United States.  Williams...Read More >>
April 20, 2018
Successful Verdict Achieved in Delaware County Child Molestation Case
Williams Cedar is pleased to announce a successful verdict in a Delaware County, Pennsylvania child molestation case. Gerald J. Williams and Beth G. Cole represented one of the plaintiffs in the case against a former Southeast Delco School District teacher who sexually assaulted nearly 10 female students between 2007 and 2014. He was arrested...Read More >>
April 15, 2018
Firefighter Retaliation and Discrimination Case
Williams Cedar represents a firefighter in a Title VII case alleging retaliation and discrimination. Recently,  the City of Philadelphia’s motion for summary judgment was denied. The court agreed that Plaintiff’s retaliation and discrimination claims should be decided by a jury. The plaintiff, a firefighter for the City of Philadelphia, protested what he believed to be a...Read More >>
March 22, 2018
Attorney Kevin Haverty to Present at Ucpoming PEOPIL Conference
Attorney Kevin Haverty of Williams Cedar will be a presenter at the upcoming Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) in Barcelona, Spain. PEOPIL is AAJ’s companion organization. Mr. Haverty will be presenting as part of a panel discussion dealing with informed consent in medical malpractice cases. This conference will cover hot topics in product...Read More >>
March 21, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of 9th Circuit Decision Allowing Expert Testimony in Products Case Involving Rare Cancer
In a decision with important implications for the admission of expert testimony in cases involving rare diseases, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review a decision of the 9th Circuit which reversed a trial court’s decision barring plaintiff’s experts from testifying about the cause of plaintiff’s cancer.  Wendell v. GlaxoSmithKline, 838...Read More >>
December 12, 2017
Williams Cedar Teams with Co-Counsel in Class Action Civil Rights Case
On December 11, 2017 , attorneys from Williams Cedar and Mark B. Frost & Associates filed a class action asserting claims on behalf of women incarcerated at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, a state prison in Clinton, New Jersey. The complaint describes a years-long pattern of sexual harassment and abuse perpetrated by corrections officers at the facility....Read More >>
December 11, 2017
Two Attorneys Join Williams Cedar Legal Team
The legal team at Williams Cedar is pleased to announce the addition of two new attorneys to their staff. The firm began earlier this year, as a merger of long-time colleagues from the Cedar Law Firm and Williams Cuker Berezofsky. A new partner and a new associate will join the firm’s eight existing attorneys...Read More >>
November 29, 2017
Family of Slain Trooper Wins Appeal in Important Civil Rights Case
David Kedra was a 26 year-old Pennsylvania State Trooper with an unblemished record and a promising future when, in 2014, he attended a mandatory firearm safety training under the supervision of a veteran trooper who was a certified firearms instructor.  David’s life ended tragically that day when the instructor shot and killed him while...Read More >>
November 14, 2017
Williams Cedar Partners Participate in Town Hall in Crosby, Texas
Williams Cedar partners Jerry Williams and Sam Abloeser were in Crosby, Texas on November 9th. They met in a “town hall” at Crosby Church with their clients and other residents affected by the recent releases of dangerous materials from Arkema Inc.’s Crosby facility in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.Read More >>
October 16, 2017
Williams Cedar Files Federal Civil Rights Violations Lawsuit
Williams Cedar has filed a federal lawsuit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania on behalf of opponents of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline for civil rights violations and other injuries. The case is Ellen Gerhart, et al. v. Energy Transfer Partners, et al. The lawsuit alleges that the pipeline’s owners and builders acted in...Read More >>