September 6, 2019

Two Ward Black Law Attorneys Named 2019 Women of Justice

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Two Ward Black Law attorneys, Janet Ward Black and Afi Johnson-Parris, were named 2019 Women of Justice by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.  Only 25 women in the state were selected as honorees.

The Women of Justice awards recognize women across the state of North Carolina who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession.

This special edition of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly was published on August 26, 2019.

To view the full list of honorees, click here.


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July 16, 2019

Johnson & Johnson stock falls again following report of DOJ investigation

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Johnson & Johnson continues to struggle amidst allegations they lied about knowing there were cancer risks linked to the use of talc in their products.  The Department of Justice is now pursuing a criminal investigation of the pharmaceutical giant.  This is on the heels of several verdicts demanding J&J pay asbestos-linked cancer victims who had used talc-based baby powder made by the company.  

Read more HERE.

Learn more about how Ward Black Law can help you if you have developed ovarian cancer and believe it is a result of using one of these products.


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May 21, 2019

Monsanto hit with $2 billion judgment

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

A California jury recently awarded $2 billion to a husband and wife who were both diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.  The couple had used Monsanto’s Roundup® herbicide on residential properties since the company began selling it in the 1970’s.  The plaintiff legal team explained they were suing not because the product allegedly causes cancer, but that Monsanto failed to tell people it causes cancer.

Read more here:  Monsanto parent company Bayer faces thousands of Roundup-cancer cases after $2 billion verdict

Could you be at risk for developing cancer due to Roundup® exposure?   Learn More


September 20, 2018

Three Ward Black Law Attorneys Selected as “Best Lawyers”

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Ward Black Law announces three attorneys from its Greensboro firm have earned the distinction of being named by U.S. News & World Report to the 2019 “Best Lawyers in America” listing.  Janet Ward Black was named to the list for the thirteenth consecutive year and is recognized for her expertise in both mass tort/class action litigation and personal injury litigation.  Earning a spot on the list for the second year in a row are Nancy R. Meyers for personal injury litigation and Afi Johnson-Parris for family law.

Janet Ward Black, a NC State Bar’s Distinguished Service Award recipient, is the founder of Ward Black Law, a 40-person firm in Greensboro, one of the largest woman-owned law firms in North Carolina.  Black was also awarded the Charles Murphy Award for public service by Duke Law School, the Thurgood Marshall Award for extraordinary service to the people of North Carolina, and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by NC Governor Pat McCrory.  She was the third woman president of the North Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers and the fourth woman president of the North Carolina Bar Association. She is only the second lawyer in history to serve as president of both organizations.

Nancy Meyers joined the firm in 2011 where she has focused her practice in the areas of serious personal injury and wrongful death. Her background in the medical field gives her a unique perspective in dealing with injured clients and their families.  Meyers earned a degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law. Her credentials and experience have earned her admittance to the US Court of Federal Claims to represent clients who have been injured by vaccines.

In 2013, Afi Johnson-Parris joined forces with Ward Black Law combining her existing family law practice with the opportunity to also pursue her passion for helping disabled veterans.  A North Carolina Board Certified Family Law Specialist, Johnson-Parris was named in 2017 as the statewide “Legal Elite” Winner for family law by Business North Carolina magazine.  Johnson-Parris is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to attending law school, she attended the University of Miami on a ROTC scholarship and later served as an officer in the Air Force.  During her service, she continued in her pursuit of education, earning an MBA in Technology Management.

“None of this would be possible without the support of our incredible team here at Ward Black Law,” said Janet Ward Black.  “It’s an honor for all three of us to be acknowledged by our peers.”

“Best Lawyers” has been regarded as one of the most reliable and unbiased sources for legal referrals in the country for more than 30 years. Recipients of the “Best Lawyers” distinction have been chosen by other attorneys using confidential, exhaustive peer evaluations. 

The firm represents people in accident injury, workers’ compensation, defective products, family law, veterans’ disability, and other matters. For more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.

 

 


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August 20, 2018

Greensboro Attorney Nancy Meyers Serves as Secretary of National Vaccine Association

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Ward Black Law attorney Nancy R. Meyers recently accepted a position as secretary of the Vaccine Injured Petitioners (VIP) Bar Association, a national organization of attorneys who represent people injured by vaccines.  Meyers is one of six individuals to hold a national leadership role for the association.

Nancy Meyers has been practicing law since 1996 and joined the firm in 2011 where she has focused her practice in the areas of serious personal injury and wrongful death.  Meyers earned a degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law.  She is admitted to the US Court of Federal Claims to represent clients who have been injured by vaccines.

“I am delighted to serve in the role as secretary for the VIP Bar Association,” said Meyers.  “It’s an honor to serve alongside amazing leaders who work tirelessly to represent individuals who suffer from vaccine injuries.”

Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina. The firm represents people in accident injury, workers’ compensation, defective products, family law, veterans’ disability, and other matters. For more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.

 

 


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July 20, 2018

Bayer To Stop Selling Essure Birth Control Implants

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Owned by Bayer HealthCare, Essure is a permanent birth control system that has been available for over a decade and used by more than a half million patients. It is marketed as an alternative for women who wish to end their fertility but do not want to undergo surgery to have their tubes tied (tubal ligation).

Bayer just announced that it would “discontinue sales of its controversial Essure birth control implant by the end of the year.”  Read more…

If you believe that you deserve justice for harm caused by this device, contact Ward Black Law today for a free case review.

 

 


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June 27, 2018

Monsanto Faces First Trial Over Allegations Roundup Ingredient Caused Cancer

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Thousands of people nationwide are accusing Mansanto of failing to “exercise reasonable care to warn of the dangerous risks associated with use and exposure” to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.   If you know someone with lymphoma who used Roundup weed killer for a long time, you may want to be aware of these proceedings.  Please call us if you have questions.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/monsanto-faces-its-first-trial-over-allegations-roundup-ingredient-caused-cancer-glyphosate/


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June 19, 2018

Janet Ward Black Receives 2018 Ebbie Award from NCAJ

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Greensboro, North Carolina attorney Janet Ward Black has been selected by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) as a recipient of the 2018 Ebbie Award.  This award was named after Ebbie Bailey, the First Lady emeritus of NCAJ, who helped founding member Allen Bailey establish the North Carolina Advocates for Justice more than 50 years ago.  The Ebbie Award was created in 2003 in Ms. Bailey’s honor to “recognize service and inspired commitment to NCAJ and its mission.” Black helped establish the Ebbie Award during her tenure as NCAJ President.  The NCAJ is a 3000-lawyer organization dedicated to protecting people’s rights.

Black has now been chosen as a recipient of this year’s Ebbie Award for her service on the Executive Committee as Past President Appointed by the President and for her work inside and outside the courtroom.  She is being honored as a “selfless public servant and fierce advocate for justice for those who have been injured by the wrongdoing of others.”  Black was presented with the 2018 Ebbie Award on June 18, 2018 during the Board of Governors meeting at the NCAJ Annual Convention in Wilmington, NC. 

“It is an incredible honor to come full circle and be selected as a recipient of the Ebbie Award,” says Janet Ward Black.  “I consider it a privilege to continue to serve the NCAJ alongside my peers.”

Black is the principal owner of Ward Black Law located in Greensboro. The firm represents people in personal injury, workers’ compensation, veterans’ disability, family law and defective products litigation.  With 38 lawyers and staff, Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina. To learn more, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.


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June 19, 2018

CDC Investigates Lung-Related Deaths in Dentists

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Recently, dental professionals have been reported as being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and/or silicosis.  A study presented by the Centers for Disease Control showed a higher percentage of dental professionals being diagnosed with IPF than what would be expected in the public at large.  A link between your profession and IPF could mean that you are eligible for compensation under workers’ compensation in North Carolina.  Ward Black Law can help determine if you may have a valid workers’ compensation claim and assist you in pursuing benefits under the workers’ compensation system.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/virginia/articles/2018-04-15/virginia-dentist-tips-off-cdc-to-dentists-with-rare-disease


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June 14, 2018

TRANSITION TO NEW MEDICARE NUMBERS & CARDS

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker


The law requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new unique Medicare number will replace the current Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards. They’re taking this step to protect people with Medicare from fraudulent use of SSNs, which can lead to identity theft andillegal use of Medicare benefits.

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