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Cleveland Trials Set In Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) Gadolinium MRI Side Effects Cases
Date:3/25/2009

District Court Judge Dan Aaron Polster in Cleveland, Ohio. Judge Polster has been presiding over all of the consolidated Federal Court gadolinium NSF cases from across the country since he was appointed as the MultiDistrict Litigation (MDL No. 1909) Judge for these cases in February, 2008. Currently, there are about 420 gadolinium NSF cases pending in his Court. Judge Polster has announced that he will conduct four trials in the first half of 2010 (Jan. 15, March 1, April 15, and June 1). (Ref: United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division - MDL No. 1909, Case No. 1:08 GD 5000)

Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber lawyers Peter J. Brodhead and William Hawal have been appointed by the Court to serve as Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel, a role that serves to provide communication between the Court and other Plaintiffs' counsel, to advise parties of developments, and to assist in the coordination of case-related activities and scheduling. In addition, both Peter Brodhead and William Hawal have already cross-examined several key defense witnesses in their deposition testimony. They also will be actively involved in the upcoming trials.

"We are pleased to be at the forefront of this litigation on behalf of those whose lives, and whose families' lives, have been devastated by nephrogenic systemic fibrosis," says Peter J. Brodhead. "NSF is a man-made disease caused by certain gadolinium MRI contrast agents, and we intend to prove it." There already is consensus in the scientific literature that NSF mos
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