When Housing Makes You Sick – Kip Petroff’s Battling Goliath: Inside A $22 Billion Legal Scandal

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Back room pacts, allegations, deceit, and basically screwing over thousands of people who had faith in the system? Are we talking about mortgages, the big banks again and their bailout? No, now we are talking about Dallas lawyer Kip Petroff of Petroff & Associates and his compelling story of how he held a corporate giant accountable for the blind greed that put six million lives at risk. You may recall  fen-phen, the hottest diet drug several years back. (Even I wanted some!) The maker, drug giant Wyeth, circumvented Food and Drug Administration regulations to push their miracle drug cocktail on overweight consumers. They then engaged in a complex cover-up of dangerous side effects fearing an FDA backlash. Fen-phen was finally pulled from pharmacy shelves but only after the mounting deaths and illnesses became too numerous to ignore.

Kip passionately led the charge in courtrooms across the country, despite the toll on his personal and professional life. His aggressive strategy resulted in the first verdict, a historic award that ultimately led to a nationwide settlement. But the corruption that followed would test his early commitment to bring justice to the drugs’ victims. The massive class action would drag on for more than a decade, spawning a host of shadowy back-room pacts, threats, allegations, and deceit. All this is chronicled in his book, Battling Goliath:Inside a $22 Billion Legal Scandal.

His is a story we need to hear not only at this time of the year, but in this economic climate! Do we really have the power to stand up to Goliath, whoever and whatever it may be? You betcha! Come to Gallery Interiors this Wednesday evening, at 10759 Preston Road, 6:30 pm and hear Kip talk about Battling Goliath!


Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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