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Top 10 Largest Arizona Verdicts in 2019

By Burg Simpson
June 3, 2020
3 min read

Beecher et al. v. Biological Resource Center Inc. et al.

Maricopa County Superior Court

Biological Resource Center located in Phoenix, Arizona, held itself out to the community as a body donation facility that was committed to scientific and medical research. Several families donated the remains of their loved ones to BRC for this very purpose and believed that the bodies of their relatives would be used to advance science. But in 2014, following an FBI raid and investigation of the BRC facility, the families learned that the bodies of their loved ones had been mutilated and sold piece by piece for a variety of non-medical purposes. After a four-week trial in Maricopa County, the jury found in favor of 10 of the 21 plaintiffs and awarded a total of $58.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

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Click here to read a recent interview about the BRC case by Michael S. Burg

The Burg Simpson team was lead by shareholder and firm founder Michael S. Burg and included shareholders David K. TeSelle, Holly Kammerer, and Paul D. Friedman. Mr. Friedman is the managing shareholder of Burg Simpson’s Arizona office.

About Michael Burg

Michael Burg J.D. is one of America’s leading trial lawyers, a best-selling author, legal expert and founding shareholder of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine. A legal champion for victims of corporate and individual malfeasance, negligence, overreach and abuse, Burg began his career fighting for the underdog and has gone on to successfully litigate some of the country’s most high-profile cases of the past four decades.

In addition to being a distinguished American trial lawyer Michael Burg is an inductee in the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award. He has also been named to the 2016 RoundTable: America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers by The Trial Lawyer magazine; Barrister’s Best as “Best Civil Litigator”; and one of “America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers” by The U.S. Legal 500. Under Michael Burg’s leadership, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine now more than 70 lawyers, and has offices in 7 cities across the U.S: Denver, Phoenix, Cody, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, and Sarasota.

About Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

One of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine has a reputation for fighting relentlessly and successfully for our clients. Founded in 1976, Burg Simpson has secured more than $1 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments in practice areas spanning dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices, medical malpractice, personal injury, commercial litigation and whistleblowers, construction defects, workers’ compensation, bad faith insurance litigation, and product liability, including more than 100 recoveries in excess of $1 million.

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