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Wuhan lab director ordered staff not to discuss Covid-19, State Department cable says, citing bloggerr

Posted on by Carey Gillam

The director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) ordered staff in January 2020 to “not discuss COVID-19,” according to a Guangzhou-based blogger’s social media post that is cited in a February 2020 U.S. State Department cable obtained by U.S. Right to Know. The WIV is at the center of debate surrounding the origins of … Continue reading “Wuhan lab director ordered staff not to discuss Covid-19, State Department cable says, citing bloggerr”

U.S. judge sets trial in litigation against Syngenta alleging weed killer causes Parkinson’s disease

Posted on by Carey Gillam

A federal judge appointed to coordinate proceedings for claims that Syngenta AG’s paraquat weed killers cause Parkinson’s disease said Wednesday she was setting a jury trial date for Nov. 15, 2022. U.S. Judge Nancy Rosenstengel of the Southern District of Illinois issued the order in an initial hearing with lawyers from multiple firms who are … Continue reading “U.S. judge sets trial in litigation against Syngenta alleging weed killer causes Parkinson’s disease”

Syngenta Faces More Paraquat Lawsuits over Parkinson’s Disease Side Effects

Posted on by Edward Lott

A new lawsuit claims Syngenta knew its popular weed killer paraquat could cause Parkinson’s disease but failed to warn the public. Tennessee resident Kimberly Jane Thompson developed Parkinson’€™s disease after she was exposed to paraquat from spray drift and water runoff from agricultural fields near her church and home, according to the lawsuit filed on … Continue reading “Syngenta Faces More Paraquat Lawsuits over Parkinson’s Disease Side Effects”

Reducing Stress and Risk in Mass Torts

Posted on by Edward Lott

Tort is a legal term defined as a ‘wrongful action’ that causes injury to another. This injury could include physical injury, mental anguish, financial loss, or property damage. A mass tort, therefore, is a single wrongful action that causes injury to multiple people. These injured victims can come together to file a single mass tort … Continue reading “Reducing Stress and Risk in Mass Torts”

Litigation Update: JPML Transfers Paraquat Cases to Illinois

Posted on by Edward Lott

On June 7, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation centralized the paraquat litigation pending against defendants Syngenta and Chevron involving the herbicide in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, citing in its order “the convenience of the parties and witnesses” and the promotion of “the just and efficient conduct of … Continue reading “Litigation Update: JPML Transfers Paraquat Cases to Illinois”

Elderly woman to take on Monsanto in next trial over cancer claims

Posted on by Carey Gillam

An elderly California woman who was a regular user of Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer for more than 30 years is set as the next person to try to prove that exposure to the chemical causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a claim already won by plaintiffs in three previous trials. The case of Donnetta Stephens v. Monsanto is … Continue reading “Elderly woman to take on Monsanto in next trial over cancer claims”

Litigation Update: Federal Jury Clears 3M in Second Earplug MDL Bellwether Trial

Posted on by Edward Lott

On May 28, a federal court jury in Pensacola, FL found 3M not liable after less than one day of deliberation in the second bellwether trial held in the Combat Arms Earplug Version 2 (CAEv2) multi-district litigation.  The jury determined that 3M was not responsible for the tinnitus and hearing loss injuries suffered by veteran … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Federal Jury Clears 3M in Second Earplug MDL Bellwether Trial”

Litigation Update: Software Developer Clearview AI Asks Illinois Judge to Dismiss MDL Claims

Posted on by Edward Lott

At a hearing held May 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the facial recognition developer Clearview AI asked Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman to dismiss the consolidated complaint, arguing that its collection and dissemination of data is protected under both the First Amendment and the Illinois Constitution. Clearview maintains a … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Software Developer Clearview AI Asks Illinois Judge to Dismiss MDL Claims”

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