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Firm News – 2015

Tardive Dyskinesia Lawsuit Prosecution

Posted September 16, 2015

Gill Ports, Ltd. is prosecuting a case against a Chicago-area doctor who continued to prescribe Reglan (metoclopramide) to a patient for more than four years. Unfortunately, our client developed tardive dyskinesia and dystonia due to the prolonged Reglan use, which has totally disabled him from working and his family’s everyday life. The doctor failed to inform our client that the drug should not be taken for more than 12 weeks and that doing so results in a significant risk of tardive dyskinesia, a disabling movement disorder.

In 2009, the FDA required the manufacturer to issue a black box warning against administering Reglan for more than 12 weeks except in rare cases. The prescribing doctor was unfamiliar with that warning and prescribed the medication to treat a presumed diagnosis of gastroparesis from 2010 until August 2014 when our client’s symptoms were recognized to be tardive dyskinesia. Reglan, the brand name, is manufactured by Wyeth, and its generic versions are manufactured by Actavis and Teva.

Gill Ports, Ltd. to receive ABA Pursuit of Justice Award

Posted on July 16, 2015

The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section will honor Gill Ports, Ltd. of Gill Ports, Ltd. with its Pursuit of Justice Award at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago on July 31, 2015

Cook County Jury Awards $6.4M Plaintiff’s Verdict

Posted on June 16, 2015

A Cook County jury rendered a $6.4 million verdict yesterday in Trotter v. Waste Management of Illinois, Inc., No. 13 L 8411.

Plaintiff, a 57-year-old orthopedic surgeon, was a passenger in a cab struck by a Waste Management street sweeper traveling the wrong way on Clark Street in the Loop. He suffered an injury to his right shoulder that required surgery and physical therapy. Plaintiff returned to full-time work as an orthopedic surgeon 2 months after surgery, but is no longer able to perform the more physically demanding orthopedic surgeries.

The last offer was $2M. Plaintiff’s last demand was a High-Low of $2M – $6M. The jury deliberated for 2 hours.

Michael Gill of Gill Ports, Ltd. represented the Dr. Trotter at trial.

Michael Gill Obtains $2M Settlement in Diving Case

Posted on June 16, 2015

Last month, Michael Gill settled a diving case on behalf of our 12-year-old client who dove into an above ground pool and fractured her cervical spine.

To learn more about this settlement, please check out our blog.

Gill Ports, Ltd. Obtains First Settlement in Northwestern Sperm Cases

Posted on June 12, 2015

Gill Ports, Ltd. in a mediation conference earlier this month, which resulted in Northwestern Faculty Foundation agreeing to pay $1,000,000.00 to settle the claims of our 35-year-old client whose sperm samples stored in cryopreservation at Northwestern were destroyed when the tank failed in 2012.

To learn more about this case, please check out our blog.

Pfaff, Gill & Ports Rockies Ready for 2015 Baseball Season

Posted on June 9, 2015

We are pleased to sponsor the Rockies for the 2015 Welles Park Baseball Season, Rookie Division, 5-6 year olds. Good luck to the players and to Coach Matt Ports!

Gill Ports, Ltd. to Receive Amicus Volunteer Award

Posted on June 4, 2015

Gill Ports, Ltd. is very pleased and proud to share that Bruce R. Pfaff is among this year’s recipients of the William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award, to be presented by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) at its annual membership meeting on June 5, 2015.

Attorney Gill Ports, Ltd. Authors Letter in Response to Gov. Rauner Comments Re: IL Supreme Court

Posted on April 20, 2015

Gill Ports, Ltd. recently authored a letter on behalf of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s bizarre criticism of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Michael Gill Recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers for 8th Consecutive Year

Posted on January 19, 2015

Michael Gill was recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer for the 8th consecutive year in following practice areas: Plaintiff Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, and Personal Injury.

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Super Lawyers Michael T. Gill 10 Years

Top 100: 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers

Posted on January 16, 2015

Super Lawyers Magazine published its annual list of the top attorneys in Illinois. Bruce R. Pfaff of Gill Ports, Ltd. is honored to once again be named among the Top 100 lawyers in Illinois.

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Super Lawyers Bruce R. Pfaff 15 Years