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Consumer Attorney Marketing Group & Medical Records Express Partner to Announce the Formation of Consumer Attorney Record Services

APRIL 26, 2017

WOODLAND HILLS, CA –– Consumer Attorney Marketing Group (CAMG), a leader in legal marketing, and Medical Records Express (MRE), an innovator in the medical records retrieval and mass tort services space have joined forces, to expand CAMG’s spectrum of offerings to include medical records retrieval, review and consulting with the opening of Consumer Attorney Record Services (CARS).

The new company, operated and managed by CAMG, brings the CAMG-level of service to the medical records retrieval and review processes, as well as related mass tort and personal injury services.

Designed specifically for the legal industry and as part of CAMG’s offering of bundled services, CARS offers unprecedented speed and efficiency by delivering necessary forms in real time, providing law firms with services they’re looking for from their medical record partner. CARS also offers client interview, Fact Sheet complilation, extraction for settlement packages, customizable enhanced records review, and consulting services, all with a plaintiff-firm focus.

“We have reinvented the concept of ‘one-stop shop’ for law firms with our response driven approach to marketing, answering and qualifying calls, getting documents signed and returned, and now medical records retrieval through mass tort settlement services,” commented Steve Nober, President and CEO of Consumer Attorney Marketing Group. “This makes CAMG a great partner for law firms that do not want to deal with multiple vendors. Firms can now get medical record verified cases from CAMG without paying referral fees or dealing with brokers.

“For example, our contract processing division (Consumer Attorney Contract Services) furnishes necessary PHI retrieval forms (HIPAA & HITECH) and your client’s information to our medical record retrieval and review division (CARS) so the creation of your order happens in real-time, which helps speed up the entire process and saves law firms the labor costs of staff creating each order. This is just one example of the major advantages of bundling CAMG offerings.

Lisa Touchton, formerly of  MRE and now Operations Manager of CARS said, “Our years of experience in the medical records space, combined with CAMG’s leadership and innovation in the legal industry, will make CARS the dominant provider in medical records retrieval for law firms.”

The professionals at MRE will form the foundation of CARS as they continue to deliver continuity and stellar service.  For more details on Consumer Attorney Records Services, call your local rep at 800.709.CARS or go to carsmedrec.com or www.camginc.com.

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CAMG, founded in 2010, has built a strong reputation of professionalism that extends to all its offerings. With over 175 employees, CAMG has run thousands of marketing campaigns nationally and in over 40 markets, running both mass tort and single event campaigns all with the highest focus on ethics, transparency, efficiency and innovation. They lead the industry by providing clients with consistently excellent service and exceed expectations in performance outcomes. Its comprehensive suite of services includes response driven legal marketing, contract servicing and acquisition, data publishing and distribution, and now medical record retrieval & review, telephone management, and telemarketing services.

Major Expansion Continues for Consumer Attorney Marketing Group with the Opening of Consumer Attorney Phone Services

APRIL 25, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Woodland Hills, CA––Consumer Attorney Marketing Group, a trusted name in the legal services industry, has recently announced the opening of its telephone management services division. Consumer Attorney Phone Services (CAPS) specializes in providing and managing memorable 800 and local phone numbers to generate a higher volume of calls and conversions for law firms.

Currently, CAPS offers over 10,000 phone numbers to its clients and has access to the largest inventories of memorable, toll free and local numbers in the nation. CAPS has database capabilities to service a wide range of clients in mass tort and single event practice areas. Additionally, all calls can be recorded to uphold the highest level of call quality and effectiveness, and tracked in real-time down to the date, originating phone number, call duration, and time of call. Call routing is offered to single or multiple locations, and utilizes GPS technology to send callers to locations closest to them.

Barry Ross will head-up CAPS as National Sales Director. Ross has over a decade of experience working in the telephone services and marketing optimization arena, providing thousands of memorable toll free and local numbers as well as call reporting to law firms, major brands, and marketing agencies nationwide.

Steve Nober, President and CEO of CAMG, is excited about the new services offered to his existing and new clients. “We have reinvented the concept of ‘one-stop shop’ for law firms with our response driven approach to marketing, contract processing, medical records services, phone management, telemarketing and data distribution,” Nober commented. “In terms of how CAPS can help your firm, phone numbers are an incredibly powerful tool to use in your marketing campaign, and managing them is critical. The ability to point to dedicated numbers for different day parts and days of the week is paramount to proper tracking and optimizing for the best performance outcomes. And our call routing and recording services give you full-scale service under one roof. We are making phone management much more efficient and easy for law firms to utilize.”

For more details on Consumer Attorney Phone Services, call our representatives at 800.621.CAPS or go to www.camginc.com.

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CAMG, founded in 2010, has built a strong reputation of professionalism that extends to all its offerings. With over 175 employees, CAMG has run thousands of marketing campaigns nationally and in over 40 markets, running both mass tort and single event campaigns all with the highest focus on ethics, transparency, efficiency and innovation. They lead the industry by providing clients with consistently excellent service and exceed expectations in performance outcomes. Its comprehensive suite of services includes response driven legal marketing, contract servicing and acquisition, data publishing and distribution, and now medical record retrieval & review, telephone management, and telemarketing services.

Steve Nober Selected as Influential Leader by San Fernando Valley Business Journal

November 17th, 2016

Steve Nober, Founder and CEO of Consumer Attorney Marketing Group (CAMG) was named one of the top 200 influential leaders by the San Fernando Business Journal, which covers the San Fernando, Conejo, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys. Nober, and others who were chosen, were acknowledged for having “daily ingenuity and…strengthening the community,” according to Charles Crumpley, Editor and Publisher of the SFV Business Journal. Steve is honored to be included among those he admires––committed leaders who consistently build the local economy.

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Over 500,000 Open Heart Surgery Patients at Risk of Life-Threatening Infection

November 17th 2016

Stöckert 3T and LivaNova PLC Heater-Cooler Devices
Possibly Contaminated During Manufacturing

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Stöckert 3T and LivaNova PLC Heater-Cooler devices, which are used during open heart surgery, were possibly contaminated during manufacturing. Over 250,000 heart bypass procedures using heater-cooler devices are performed in the United States every year, and the devices in question are used in over 60% of those procedures.

The CDC stated that symptoms such as muscle aches, unexplained fever, weight loss and night sweats can go undiagnosed for months or years. Patients with compromised immune systems, valves or prosthetic product implants are more vulnerable to infections and run a higher risk of serious complications.

Please give us a call to discuss how your firm can begin acquiring Stöckert cases. CAMG provides law firms a significant advantage in their marketing campaigns by using a data-driven approach. Ethics are our highest priority–there are no referral fees associated with our services and we never sell a call or lead. We offer transparent media buying and real-time performance metrics of firms’ offline campaigns, which translates to signed contracts at the lowest cost possible.

$70 Million Awarded against Johnson & Johnson in Third Jury Verdict

October 13th, 2016

NEWS ALERT

ST. LOUIS – A major victory for a plaintiff in the Johnson & Johnson talcum powder litigation took place today, with a jury awarding $70.075 million to Ms. Deborah Giannecchini. This is the third substantial talc verdict against J&J this year––other huge losses have taken place, with damages awarded to plaintiffs in two separate verdicts in the amount of $55 million and $72 million.

It was reported that the most compelling evidence in this case was the written communication between Johnson and Johnson and Imerys
(J & J’s talc supplier), which “proved that the company was aware of the dangers for over 30 years.” One in 70 women get ovarian cancer, and studies have shown that women who use talc-containing products as part of their feminine hygiene every day run a 30-60% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. The product is still being sold. Ted Meadows, one of the lead litigators for the plaintiff asked, “When is enough going to be enough?”

This is significant news for law firms who are looking to acquire new talc cases. CAMG can help you get your campaign started quickly at the lowest acquisition costs possible. We offer transparent media buying and real-time performance metrics of offline campaigns, which translates to signed contracts for your firm. As always, ethics are our highest priority––there are no referral fees associated with our services and we never sell a call or lead.

We can get your campaign started as quickly as the next few days and will provide you with talc qualifiers, intake scripts and questionnaires as well as a complete contract acquisition service through our Legal Contract Services division.

Look forward to hearing from you to answer any questions you may have and get your campaign underway.

CAMG and Scorpion Partner in Online & Offline Legal Marketing Campaigns

October 13th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Consumer Attorney Marketing Group and Scorpion Announce Strategic Partnership to Integrate Data-Driven Online & Offline Legal Marketing Campaigns

An Unprecedented Collaboration of Data-Driven Television & Web Tracking

LOS ANGELES — Consumer Attorney Marketing Group (CAMG) and Scorpion announce a strategic partnership today. Combining CAMG’s command of offline legal marketing and Scorpion’s leadership in online marketing for law firms, the two will marry offline and online marketing campaign data tracking and analysis.

This partnership was formed to help ensure attorneys maximize the effectiveness of their marketing campaigns by carrying offline campaigns to online using a data driven approach, leading to more clients, expanded practices and revenue growth for attorneys.

Steve Nober, CEO, CAMG commented, “This is just what legal marketing needs. It solves the issue of the black hole in tracking online responses from offline marketing so you can make smart, quick, efficient decisions for your campaigns. We love innovation and this is a big one for the legal industry.”

Corey Quinn, CMO, Scorpion noted, “Largely, law firms are not tying offline television commercials to their online advertising avenues. Studies show that 66% of the time, when someone sees a commercial that is of interest to them, they go to their smart phone for more information. Attorneys who are spending money on commercials but not supporting those efforts with online campaigns are missing out on potential cases. It is a lucrative opportunity for attorneys to combine these two resources into one strategy with potentially exponential results.”

About CAMG
CAMG is an advertising agency that works exclusively with law firms. The team’s transparent approach provides your firm with media schedules, pricing and performance metrics every week. They combine media buying expertise, industry experience and intensive analytics to deliver the most effective TV & radio campaigns. Other services include Legal Contract Services, an arm of CAMG that focuses on the obtaining the highest conversion rates in the industry for contract processing.

About Scorpion
Scorpion is the award-winning website design and Internet marketing partner trusted by thousands of legal, healthcare, franchise, and multi-location and home service businesses across North America. We are a full-service Internet marketing company that provides website design, search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, video advertising, online reputation management, and social media services. Our advanced PPC platform, which helps clients increase their ROI through strategic advertising campaigns, earned us the 2016 Google Platform Innovator of the Year title. Visit www.Scorpion.co or call (866) 622-5648 to learn how we can help you see better return on your online marketing efforts.
Contacts:

Steve Nober, CEO, CAMG
Steve@CAMGinc.com
800-200-CAMG

Corey Quinn, CMO, Scorpion
Corey.Quinn@Scorpion.co
661.702.0100

J&J Hit With $70 Million Risperdal Verdict Over Male Breasts

July 1st, 2015

A $70 million verdict won by a Tennessee teenager who blamed Johnson & Johnson’s Risperdal drug for causing him to grow female breasts dwarfs awards to other users of the antipsychotic medication who suffered the same side effect.

A Philadelphia jury Friday found J&J officials failed to properly warn the young man and his family that Risperdal could cause him to grow female-size breasts and awarded him damages for emotional distress, said Steve Sheller, one of the teenager’s lawyers. The verdict is about 30 times larger than the $2.5 million awarded to an Alabama man in 2015 who sued J&J after developing size 46 DD breasts.

Officials of J&J’s Janssen unit, which sells Risperdal, said the drug’s safety label contained proper warnings about the breast side effect. The company intends to challenge the verdict.

“We believe this verdict is not justified by the evidence, and that the award is clearly excessive and far out of line with any factual assessment of actual damages,” Kristina Chang, a Janssen spokeswoman, said in an e-mailed statement.
Philadelphia Juries

The verdict comes as J&J still faces about 1,500 cases in state court in Philadelphia over claims of the Risperdal side-effect. The ruling is the fifth time the drugmaker has been found by Philadelphia juries to have failed to properly warn users and doctors about the breast-development risk.

“This verdict sends a clear message to J&J to step up and take responsibility for the damage they’ve done to these young men and to set up a global settlement program so the families don’t have to continue to suffer through these trials,” Sheller said in an interview.

In 2013, J&J agreed to pay $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil probes into allegations that it illegally marketed Risperdal to children and the elderly. The settlement, which included marketing claims about two other J&J drugs, was one of the largest U.S. health-fraud penalties in history.
Past Verdicts

New Brunswick, New Jersey-based J&J has been settling some of the male breast cases filed in Philadelphia but has been hit with several verdicts, starting in February 2015 with the $2.5 million awarded to Austin Pledger, an autistic man from Alabama. In November, a separate jury in the same court later awarded $1.75 million to another Risperdal user who developed breasts.

Lawyers for the Tennessee resident, identified as A.Y. in court papers, told jurors he started taking Risperdal at age 5 to treat a psychiatric disorder and never received a warning about breast development. The teen is now 16, according to the filings.

They argued J&J officials intentionally kept pediatricians and psychiatrists in the dark about study results showing Risperdal caused abnormal breast development in boys so they’d keep writing prescriptions, Sheller said.

The case is A.Y. v. Janssen, No. 130402094, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia).

Johnson & Johnson hit with $500 million verdict in hip implant trial

March 18th, 2016

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit were ordered by a Texas federal jury on Thursday to pay about $500 million to five plaintiffs who said they were injured by Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants.

Following a two-month trial, jurors deliberated for a week before finding that the Pinnacle hips were defectively designed, and that the companies failed to warn the public about their risks. Jurors awarded about $140 million in total compensatory damages and about $360 million in punitive damages, said Mark Lanier, lead trial counsel for the plaintiffs.

A J&J spokeswoman said the company will appeal.

John Beisner, a lawyer for the company, said he expected the verdict to be a “pyrrhic victory for plaintiffs’ counsel” that could be slashed significantly. Appeals courts often reduce massive personal-injury verdicts, and Texas law limits the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded to plaintiffs.

Beisner estimated that punitive damages could be reduced to as little as $10 million. Lanier said plaintiffs would address the issue in post-trial proceedings.

Lanier said the nine jurors returned a carefully considered verdict. “There are thousands of these cases, and J&J needs to get responsible,” he added.

The verdict came in the second federal trial involving the Pinnacle device. J&J was cleared of liability in the first trial, which ended in 2014.

Verdicts in these early trials are not binding on the rest of the litigation, but are used to help gauge the value of the remaining claims. More than 8,000 Pinnacle lawsuits have been consolidated in Texas federal court.

All five plaintiffs are Texas residents who were implanted with metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip devices. They said design flaws caused the devices to fail more frequently and quickly than expected, leading to injuries including tissue death, bone erosion and high levels of metal in their blood.

Plaintiffs said J&J and DePuy described the metal-on-metal hips as long-lasting, durable and safe despite being aware of the risks, and aggressively promoted them for use in younger, more active patients. J&J has said that it researched and marketed the devices responsibly.

DePuy stopped selling the metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle devices in 2013. That year, it paid $2.5 billion to settle more than 7,000 lawsuits over a separate metal-on-metal hip device, the ASR, which was recalled in 2010.

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J&J Must Pay $72 Million Over Talc Tied to Woman’s Cancer

February 24th, 2016

Jury foreman says it was clear J&J was `hiding something’ Company faces about 1,200 more suits over talc products

Johnson & Johnson must pay $72 million to the family of a woman who blamed her fatal ovarian cancer on the company’s talcum powder in the first state-court case over the claims to go to trial.

Jurors in St. Louis on Monday concluded J&J should pay $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in a punishment award to the family of Jackie Fox, who died of ovarian cancer last year after using Johnson’s baby powder and another talc-based product for years.

It’s the first time a jury has ordered J&J, the world’s largest maker of health-care products, to pay damages over claims that it knew decades ago that its talc-based products could cause cancer and failed to warn consumers.

“We have no higher responsibility than the health and safety of consumers and we are disappointed with the outcome of the trial,” Carol Goodrich, a J&J spokeswoman, said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement. “We sympathize with the plaintiff’s family but firmly believe the safety of cosmetic talc is supported by decades of scientific evidence.”

J&J is facing about 1,200 suits claiming studies have linked its Johnson’s Baby Powder and its Shower-to-Shower product to ovarian cancer. Women contend the company knew of the risk and failed to warn customers.

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Top 5 Mass Tort Cases for Plaintiff Lawyers Right Now

October 8th, 2015

Litigation experts speaking at the recent Mass Tort Nexus course recommend that personal injury lawyers should expand their practices in five mass tort areas:

1. Transvaginal mesh – a net-like implant, designed to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, that can cause organ damage, chronic pain, bowel and bladder perforation, vaginal scarring, urinary problems and infections.

2. Xarelto – a blood thinner linked to uncontrollable internal bleeding and deaths in patients.

3. Zofran – an anti-nausea drug that was illegally marketed off-label to pregnant women, who gave birth to deformed babies.

4. Global Corn Market – by falsely saying that its MIR161 corn was approved for export. China and other countries rejected shiploads of the genetically-modified grain, ruining corn prices.

5. IVC Filters – a temporary filter, inserted into the large vein carrying deoxygenated blood into the heart, that can fracture and migrate, puncturing the heart and lungs.

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Steve Nober Presents on Effective TV Advertising Strategies for Law Firms at Mass Torts Made Perfect

April 21st, 2015

President and CEO Steve Nober presented the session, “Make TV Your Lowest Cost Channel for Case Acquisition,” at the Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar on April 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. In his session, Mr. Nober discussed the most effective TV strategies for legal marketing, media principles to follow, creative ways to convey your message and how to increase your probability of success.

Mass Torts Made Perfect is a CLE-accredited seminar designed to help plaintiff attorneys attract more clients and prepare for trials against tough opponents by presenting solutions to new legal challenges.

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Consumer Attorney Marketing Group Adds Two Seasoned Media Professionals

April 1st, 2015

— Firm expansion underscores its rapidly growing business in the world of legal advertising. —

WOODLAND HILLS, CA – Consumer Attorney Marketing Group (CAMG), a law firm advertising agency combining intensive analytics, experienced media buying expertise and sophisticated direct response strategies to create effective TV and radio campaigns, has added Sean Sosa as Senior Vice President of Media Strategy and Initiatives and Betsy Ray as Account Executive. Mr. Sosa will specialize in developing and planning strategic campaigns, including media buying and planning, interactive marketing, digital media and online marketing. Ms. Ray will be responsible for strategizing and implementing campaigns, as well as maintaining relationships with CAMG’s clients.

“We are confident that Sean and Betsy’s media buying expertise, combined with our team’s law firm industry experience, will provide successful TV and radio campaigns for our clients,” says President and CEO of CAMG, Steve Nober. “Their hands-on and specialized approach will be beneficial for the continued growth and development of the firm.”

Mr. Sosa has more than 20 years’ experience in the media marketing and advertising industry. Prior to joining CAMG, he was the Executive Vice President of Media for Icon Media Direct, where he oversaw the strategic operations and development media buying team. Mr. Sosa has notably implemented campaigns for top brands, such as Proactiv, Hotwire NutriSystem and Oxiclean. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production from California State University, Northridge.

Ms. Ray has in-depth experience in the digital marketing and advertising industry. Prior to joining CAMG, she served as an Account Executive for InterMedia Advertising where she specialized in direct response advertising. She also has experience in creating marketing plans for radio campaigns, endorsements and promotions. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Boston College.

San Fernando Valley Business Journal Features Consumer Attorney Marketing Group’s Steady Business Growth

March 9th 2015

In the article, “Courting Opinion” published by San Fernando Valley Business Journal, Chief Executive Steve Nober discusses how legal advertising has shifted toward online and on screen. Specializing in producing TV campaigns for lawyers who represent those harmed by pharmaceutical and medical device companies, Mr. Nober says that the economics of medical legal advertising is impressive. While finding an aggrieved patient costs attorneys anywhere from $500 upward to $2,500, the case usually settles at the low end in tens of thousands of dollars and up to the low millions; the lawyer receives 30 percent.

However, Mr. Nober’s efforts don’t stop at producing television commercial campaigns. The firm has developed sophisticated technology on the backend to buy, track and analyze each commercial. This provides his clients with the statistics on how effective each campaign, on each station, and in each city performs.

Since starting the company in 2012, Mr. Nober has doubled his revenue and runs about 60 to 80 campaigns at any given time for medical mass tort lawyers and personal injury lawyers.

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