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Litigation Update: Consolidation Requested for Paraquat Lawsuits

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Two separate requests have been made for the JPML to consolidate at least 14 lawsuits involving the herbicide Paraquat amidst claims that the chemical manufactured and sold by Syngenta and Chevron causes Parkinson’s disease. Paul Rakoczy has requested that the MDL consolidation be venued in the Northern District of California, arguing in his motion that … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Consolidation Requested for Paraquat Lawsuits”

Litigation Update: Opioid MDL Developments

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In response to motions opposing additional bellwether trials filed on March 26 and March 29 by the nations’ biggest pharmacy chains, Judge Aaron Dan Polster issued an order rejecting the objections and reaffirming his plan to schedule an additional five trials in the coming months. In their filings in March, pharmacy chains CVS Health Corp., … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Opioid MDL Developments”

Pesticide With Links to Parkinson’s Under Petition for MDL Docket

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Syngenta, the manufacturer of the commercial-strength pesticide paraquat, is seeing mounting legal troubles. A new petition on March 25, filed on behalf of Paul Rakoczy, identifies 14 lawsuits in six federal judicial districts that link paraquat exposure to Parkinson’s disease diagnoses. This petition was submitted to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation with the intention … Continue reading “Pesticide With Links to Parkinson’s Under Petition for MDL Docket”

Federal court rejects Syngenta’s bid to toss lawsuit over paraquat herbicide

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A federal judge has denied Swiss chemical company Syngenta’s effort to throw out one of a growing number of lawsuits alleging the company’s weed killing products cause Parkinson’s Disease. The decision offers a boost for the expanding number of law firms and plaintiffs making similar claims. In an April 12 ruling, U.S. District Judge John … Continue reading “Federal court rejects Syngenta’s bid to toss lawsuit over paraquat herbicide”

Move to consolidate U.S. paraquat litigation as cases mount against Syngenta

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Lawyers suing Swiss chemical company Syngenta are asking a U.S. judicial panel to consolidate more than a dozen similar lawsuits under the oversight of a federal judge in California. The move is a telling sign of the expansion of litigation that alleges the company’s weed killing products cause Parkinson’s Disease. According to the motion, filed … Continue reading “Move to consolidate U.S. paraquat litigation as cases mount against Syngenta”

Sacklers Balk at Chapter 11 Deal Without Litigation Injunction Extension

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In a statement to the bankruptcy court on March 23, the family of Raymond Sackler advised that unless the injunction shielding the Sackler family from litigation was extended, they would withdraw their proposed $4.275 billion cash contribution to the settlement fund intended to address the ongoing opioid crisis. In response to that statement during a … Continue reading “Sacklers Balk at Chapter 11 Deal Without Litigation Injunction Extension”

New Roundup cancer trials loom despite Bayer settlement efforts

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Ken Moll is girding for battle. Moll, a Chicago-based personal injury attorney, has dozens of lawsuits pending against the former Monsanto Co., all alleging the company’s Roundup weed killers cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and he is now preparing several of those cases for trial. Moll’s firm is one of a handful that have refused settlement offers … Continue reading “New Roundup cancer trials loom despite Bayer settlement efforts”

Litigation Update: First 3M Earplugs Bellwether Trial Starts

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The first bellwether trial brought by former military service members against 3M and predecessor, Aearo LLC for allegedly defective earplugs started March 29 in Pensacola, FL. The plaintiffs include three Army veterans who claim that from 2003-2015, 3M knowingly provided defective CAEv2 earplugs to the military that failed to protect them from tinnitus and hearing … Continue reading “Litigation Update: First 3M Earplugs Bellwether Trial Starts”

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