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Michael Burg Weighs in on the Battle Against “Big Vape.”

By Heidi Culbertson

December 19, 2019  

Michael Burg weighs in on the battle against “Big Vape”.

Burg Simpson founder Mike Burg recently wrote an op-ed for Bloomberg Law about corporate social responsibility and the ongoing vaping crisis. He said,

“Companies who ignore their corporate social responsibility by manufacturing, marketing, and distributing vaping devices are likely to face lawsuits for promoting dangerous and addictive products to children.”

Michael Burg believes that companies should seek to embrace ethical responsibility, but until then, enforceable legislation should be passed to hold them accountable for their actions on society and the environment. While the government must regulate business responsibilities, it is also essential that we, as a society, demand that corporations prioritize their social obligations.

“We are experiencing a time of growing public concern for human rights and the environment, and we all must take ownership of our social responsibilities. We have to become aware of the long term effects of what we do as individuals, as corporations, and countries, and be mindful of the impact we make on society and the planet. The practice of social responsibility must become integrated within each of us if it is to become an integrated part of our culture.”

Read the Bloomberg Law Article here.

About Michael S. Burg

Michael S. 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. Under Burg’s leadership, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine has expanded to more than 60 attorneys across seven cities. A national leader in mass tort and class action litigation, the firm has won more than $1 billion in verdicts, judgments, and settlements on behalf of its clients.

During his 43-year career, Burg has been a vigilant consumer watchdog, representing thousands of individuals and helping their families overcome catastrophic injuries and immense hardship. He has taken on big pharma in multiple, dangerous drug mass tort cases including Fen-Phen, Yaz/Yasmin, Ortho Evra, and Pradaxa. Burg stood up to corporate greed fighting against UBS for knowingly selling risky mortgages to investors, creating the blueprint for many similar actions by states, municipalities, government regulators and other aggrieved investors. More recently, Burg filed a sweeping action against 28 California wineries to stop them from selling toxic wine contaminated with arsenic. In 2019, Michael Burg secured a $58.5 million dollar verdict in compensatory and punitive damage for families who had donated bodies of their deceased loved ones to the Biological Resource Center.  He represented the victims of a fraudulent scheme to illegally sell human body parts of their loved one’s bodies that were supposed to be donated for scientific and medical education and research. The verdict is one of the largest civil case results in Arizona history.

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 victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and abuse. 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, and product liability, including more than 100 recoveries in excess of $1 million.

The firm was founded in 1976 by distinguished American trial lawyer Michael Burg, an inductee in the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award. Mr. Burg has 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. Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine now more than 60 lawyers, and has offices in 7 cities across the U.S.

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