Mikal Watts is one of the best known trial lawyers in the country. He has taken on the largest companies in the world and beaten them over and over again. Both courts and other lawyers have chosen him to serve in leadership positions in many of our nation’s historic litigations.
Some of Mr. Watts’ most notable litigation roles include:
- Negotiating the first of two global settlements with Bayer Crop Sciences, totaling $750 million for rice farmers harmed by the drop in rice prices caused by contamination of the U.S. rice supply by unapproved GMO rice. This settlement resolved all state court litigation filed in Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana, and served as a template for the subsequent settlement of all federal court claims, consolidated in the Eastern District of Missouri, in MDL 1811, In Re: Genetically Modified Rice Litigation.
- Serving as Co-Lead Counsel in MDL 2385 In re Pradaxa, and negotiating a $650 million settlement on behalf of all plaintiffs nationwide who had filed claims against Boehringer-Ingelheim, Inc. for bleeding events caused by Pradaxa.
- Leading the coordination of hundreds of cases against Firestone and Ford for injuries caused by Firestone Wilderness AT tire failures, which led Ford Explorers to rollover, including a record settlement amount and public apologies from both Ford and Firestone in Donna Bailey v. Ford & Firestone.
- Winning the first plaintiffs’ verdict in the country involving faulty hip implants manufactured by Sulzer Orthopedics in Helen Rupp and Bernard Rupp v. Sulzer Orthopedics, Inc., Cause No. 01-60581-00-0-4, In the County Court at Law Number 4, Nueces County, Texas.
- Winning the first plaintiffs’ verdict in the country involving the drug Rezulin in Sanchez, Margarita “Margie,” Sanchez, et al v. Parke-Davis, et al, Case No. 00-06523-00-0-F, In the 214th District Court, Nueces County, Texas.
- Winning the first verdict in the country involving defects in the roof of Ford’s 2000-vintage F-series pick-up truck in Mario A. Galvan Castro v. Ford Motor Company, et al, Cause No. 2002-04-001555-C, In the 197th Judicial District Court, Cameron County, Texas.
- Successfully representing thousands of doctors in lawsuits against most major health insurance providers for damages sustained under the Texas Prompt Pay Act.
- Winning a breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit involving leases in the Eagle Ford Shale, in which the jury award ranked as the third-largest verdict in Texas during 2012. In Longview Energy Company v. The Huff Energy Fund L.P. et al., the final judgment is considered the largest-ever in a legal dispute involving the Eagle Ford Shale.
- Serving as Lead Counsel in In Re: Stand ‘N Seal Litigation, MDL 1804 (Atlanta, Georgia).
- Serving as Liaison Counsel in In Re: Silica Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1553 (Corpus Christi, Texas).
- Being hired by the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In Re: Levaquin Product Liability Litigation MDL 1943 to try the first Levaquin bellwether case in the country, and obtaining the first and only plaintiffs’ verdict in John Schedin v. Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Civil No. 08-5743 (JRT), In the United States District Court, District of Minnesota.
- Serving as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in MDL 1873, In re: FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Products Liability Litigation and participating in the trial of four separate bellwether cases and one appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.