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Mr. Wierzbowski has represented investors and other plaintiffs in numerous complex litigations that include securities class actions and derivative suits.
Mr. Wierzbowski was a senior member of the team that recovered over $1.06 billion on behalf of investors in In re Merck Vioxx Securities Litigation, which arose out of the Defendants' alleged misrepresentations about the cardiovascular safety of Merck's painkiller Vioxx. The case was settled just months before trial and after more than 10 years of litigation, during which time plaintiffs achieved a unanimous and groundbreaking victory for investors at the U.S. Supreme Court. The settlement is the second largest recovery ever obtained in the Third Circuit, among the 15 largest recoveries of all time, and the largest securities recovery ever achieved against a pharmaceutical company.
Mr. Wierzbowski was also a senior member of the team that achieved a total settlement of $688 million on behalf of investors in In re Schering-Plough Corp./ENHANCE Securities Litigation and In re Merck & Co., Inc. Vytorin/Zetia Securities Litigation, which related to Schering and Merck's alleged misrepresentations about the multi-billion dollar blockbuster drugs Vytorin and Zetia. The combined $688 million in settlements is the third largest securities class action settlement in the Third Circuit and among the top 25 securities class action settlements of all time. The cases settled after nearly five years of litigation on the eve of trial. In the UnitedHealth Derivative Litigation, which involved executives' illegal backdating of UnitedHealth stock options, Mr. Wierzbowski helped recover in excess of $920 million from the individual Defendants. He also represented investors in the securities litigation against General Motors stemming from that GM's delayed recall of vehicles with defective ignition switches, obtaining $300 million – the second largest recovery in the Sixth Circuit.
Mr. Wierzbowski has additionally played a key role in obtaining significant recoveries on behalf of investors in Minneapolis Firefighters' Relief Association v. Medtronic, Inc. et al. ($85 million recovery), and the Monster Worldwide Derivative Litigation (recovery valued at $32 million).
Mr. Wierzbowski was recognized as one of Super Lawyers' 2014 New York "Rising Stars."