Corpus Christi, TX —January 26, 2021—Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP (HMG) is pleased to announce that Catherine Hilliard was appointed to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in In Re: Elmiron (Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2973 (hereinafter “Elmiron Litigation”).
The Elmiron Litigation seeks to hold Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals responsible for failing to warn the public that taking the prescription drug Elmiron could lead to a severe eye disease called maculopathy. Since 1996, millions of consumers were prescribed Elmiron as treatment for a painful bladder condition known as interstitial cystitis (IC). However, evidence reflects that taking Elmiron leads to undisclosed complications, such as blurred vision, dark spots, trouble focusing, and even blindness.
On January 22, 2021 the Honorable Brian R. Martinotti, United States District Court Judge for the United States District Court, District of New Jersey named the plaintiff’s leadership committee, selecting Ms. Hilliard as one of a handful of highly skilled legal counsel to advance the litigation in an “efficient and just manner.”
Ms. Hilliard noted, “As I undertake my first PSC appointment, I am grateful to Judge Martinotti for the opportunity to help conduct this important litigation. The leadership slate is refreshingly diverse and, as a Hispanic woman, I am encouraged by the movement to provide broader access to MDL leadership opportunities. Elmiron is defective and unreasonably dangerous, resulting in permanent vision loss for thousands of consumers. I look forward to working with the leadership team to aggressively pursue this litigation.”
Ms. Hilliard has an extensive background as a top litigator. After graduating from St. Mary’s Law School in 1999, she spent ten years as a litigation defense attorney and became the first female, Hispanic partner of one of the largest litigation defense firms in South Texas at the age of 30. She later joined the internationally recognized plaintiffs’ law firm, Hillard Martinez Gonzales LLP, as its first female partner.
Ms. Hilliard also serves as a Commissioner for the Port of Corpus Christi, only the fifth woman to serve in this role in its 100-year history. She is Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees for St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and a member of the St. Mary’s University School of Law Board of Visitors. Ms. Hilliard is actively involved in her community, serving on the boards of several local organizations. In addition to maintaining a busy legal career and juggling her extensive civic involvement, Ms. Hilliard also spends a significant amount of time managing a very active household of seven children.
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