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Stephen A. Sheller to Present the Edward J. Ross Memorial Lecture

February 18, 2011 - Stephen A. Sheller will present the Edward J. Ross Memorial Lecture in Litigation on March 17, 2011.  His remarks, titled “Saints and Evil-doers,” will be delivered at 4 p.m. in the Duane Morris LLP Moot Court Room.

Mr. Sheller is the founding partner of Sheller, P.C., one of the leading plaintiff's personal injury, class action and whistleblower/qui tam law firms in the United States. He has been at the forefront of celebrated national lawsuits, representing pharmaceutical whistleblowers and recovering more than $4.2 billion for the U.S. government.  Mr. Sheller served as one of the lead attorneys in these recent pharmaceutical cases, which include the largest civil, and the other two are the largest civil and criminal settlements in U.S. history.  He continues to work with whistleblowers and is recognized as one the country's experts on qui tam cases.

Mr. Sheller also represents clients who have been injured by defective drugs. In addition to naming pharmaceutical companies, Mr. Sheller named the “ghostwriting” company who wrote the medical literature that promoted the drugs alleging it knew or should have known of the dangerous side effects.  Naming the “ghostwriting” company puts corporations on notice they cannot disguise the risks of drugs by engaging a third party to write supposedly “impartial” medical articles. This is a new and creative approach to assigning liability for pharmaceutical product liability lawsuits.

Mr. Sheller also remains active in the pursuit of numerous class action and individual cases against the nation's largest tobacco companies, including Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds and Brown & Williamson, based on their marketing and sale of so-called “light” cigarettes.

Mr. Sheller’s career has also included legal efforts in the public interest.  In November 2000, Mr. Sheller instituted litigation in Palm Beach County, Florida involving the 2000 U.S. Presidential election.  His role as a lead attorney challenging the poll results and the “butterfly ballots” earned him national acclaim. Mr. Sheller argued that the Palm Beach County ballots were unconstitutional, and successfully obtained a TRO preventing Katherine Harris from certifying the election results.  He alleged that if a proper analysis had been conducted, it would have been proven that Al Gore won the election by several thousand votes.

The lecture is named for Edward J. Ross, a member of the class of 1969 and a founding partner of Ross & Rubino, LLP.  Ross & Rubino, LLP is a New Jersey based law firm dedicated exclusively to the representation of plaintiffs with claims of sexual abuse in institutional settings.