Eric H. Weinberg is "Of Counsel" to the law firm of Cahn & Parra. He also maintains an office in New Brunswick, New Jersey and has a very active civil litigation practice. Mr. Weinberg has twenty-three years of experience in the prosecution of civil cases including pharmaceutical drug and device litigation matters. He has longstanding experience in the prosecution of negligence, product liability, and medical malpractice matters. He has both prosecuted and defended criminal cases. Mr. Weinberg works closely with our firm, focusing on medical malpractice and products liability cases.
Mr. Weinberg currently represents hundreds of individuals, or their survivors, who suffered serious personal injuries or died as a consequence of taking the prescription drug Vioxx. The firm has filed over 300 cases in Atlantic County, New Jersey, on behalf of victims of the drug Vioxx, and represents other clients whose cases are under investigation.
Mr. Weinberg played a leading role in the consolidated discovery and expert development areas in consolidated litigation in Philadelphia involving the statin drug, Baycol. In 2003, Mr. Weinberg successfully negotiated a $68.5 million settlement of a significant number of cases on behalf of injured victims of Baycol.
Mr. Weinberg was instrumental in obtaining a $670 million dollar class action settlement for individuals with hemophilia who were injured by defective pharmaceutical BLOOD PRODUCTS. He obtained settlements in cases of individuals in New Jersey and New York who suffered HIV infection for an additional amount of over $30 million.
In connection with his representation of individuals with hemophilia and HIV, Mr. Weinberg was involved in the organization, funding and direction of legislative strategies in New Jersey and New York that led to changes in the statutes of limitations in both jurisdictions, permitting injured persons to bring claims that might otherwise have been time-barred. Mr. Weinberg authored the law that is currently on the books in New York State giving injured persons their rights to the court system.
Mr. Weinberg currently serves as a Trustee of the Hemophilia Association of New Jersey. In 1995, the Association presented him with its President's Award, given in recognition of extraordinary service to the Hemophilia Community.
Mr. Weinberg currently is engaged in the litigation of matters in civil and criminal courts in the States of New Jersey and New York. His experience as a trial lawyer began in 1980, when he was employed by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. He was appointed as Chief of Juvenile Prosecutions in 1981. He also handled adult prosecutions and supervised detective staff in major crime investigations.
Mr. Weinberg left the Prosecutor's Office in 1983, and was employed at the law firm of Franchino, Lenahan & Cross until late 1984. He served as an associate of the firm, whose primary clients were insurance companies, and was involved as a defense lawyer in the trial of numerous civil matters involving personal injury and other claims.
In the years since Mr. Weinberg established his own firm, he has obtained significant verdicts and settlements in his clients' favor. In addition to the settlement in the Baycol and Hemophilia/HIV litigations, which were resolved for an aggregate sum in excess of $750 million, he has had several recoveries in negligence and product liability matters in state and federal courts in excess of a million dollars. To date, Mr. Weinberg has tried over two hundred cases to conclusion. Please see Our Successful Cases for more information.
Mr. Weinberg is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Middlesex County Bar Association.
He has served as a Visiting Lecturer at Cook College, Rutgers University, where he has taught a Senior Honors Colloquium entitled, "AIDS, Blood and Litigation." The course examined issues that may arise beginning with the discovery of a compound and continuing through pharmaceutical research and development, licensure, marketing, and post marketing, as well as the impact of defective drugs and devices on public health and the legal infrastructure.
Mr. Weinberg has been an invited speaker for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Defense Research Institute, Mealey's, and Mass Torts Made Perfect on topics relating to the prosecution and settlement of serious injury cases, including mass torts and catastrophic injury cases.
Mr. Weinberg graduated from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1977, and from Boston University School of Law in 1980. He is admitted to the Bar of the States of New Jersey and New York, as well as numerous federal courts. He was appointed as a member of the Steering Committee of Multi-District Litigation 986, In Re Factor VIII and Factor IX Blood Products, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and served on the Executive Committee of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in that litigation.