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Litigation Update: $7.1 Million Awarded to Former Service Members in First 3M Earplugs Bellwether Trial

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On April 30, in the first bellwether trial to be held in the 3M earplugs multidistrict litigation, a Pensacola jury awarded $7.1 million to three former service members who claimed the company’s defective earplugs irreparably damaged their hearing.  The plaintiffs, Stephen Hacker, Luke Estes and Lewis Keefer, claimed that earplugs supplied to the military by … Continue reading “Litigation Update: $7.1 Million Awarded to Former Service Members in First 3M Earplugs Bellwether Trial”

Litigation Update: Six More Suits Filed in the Paraquat Litigation

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On the eve of a decision to determine whether the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) will consolidate related lawsuits, defendants Syngenta and Chevron are the targets of six more lawsuits alleging that the herbicide Paraquat causes Parkinson’s disease.  The latest suits have been filed in federal courts in Pennsylvania, California and Illinois and allege … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Six More Suits Filed in the Paraquat Litigation”

Paraquat litigation grows, first trial set for May 10

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Six more lawsuits alleging Syngenta’s weed killing pesticide paraquat causes Parkinson’s Disease were filed last week in Pennsylvania, California and Illinois, adding to more than a dozen similar lawsuits already filed in U.S. courts. The lawsuits all allege that exposure to paraquat,  which is banned in more than 30 countries though not in the United … Continue reading “Paraquat litigation grows, first trial set for May 10”

Litigation Update: Verdicts Against J&J and Imerys Overturned in Talc Lawsuit

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On April 28, a New Jersey appeals court overturned $117 million in compensatory and punitive damages awarded to plaintiffs Stephen Lanzo and his wife, Kendra, and ordered new trials be held in the talc contamination lawsuit against defendants Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America.  The Lanzos had sued the two companies alleging that Mr. … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Verdicts Against J&J and Imerys Overturned in Talc Lawsuit”

Trial lawyers accuse Monsanto, Bayer of “pay-to-appeal scheme,” allege “fraud”

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The lawyers who led the nationwide U.S. Roundup litigation through three trial victories and forced Monsanto owner Bayer AG into an $11 billion settlement have notified a federal court that they have uncovered evidence of fraud in a secret deal between Monsanto and a lone plaintiff’s lawyer who has not been active in the litigation … Continue reading “Trial lawyers accuse Monsanto, Bayer of “pay-to-appeal scheme,” allege “fraud””

Litigation Update: $4.8 Million Verdict Against Talc Supplier

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In the first civil jury trial in Los Angeles County since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the jury awarded a $4.8 million verdict to a 73-year old Vietnam War veteran against talc supplier Whittaker Clark & Daniels (WCD). WCD was for decades one of the largest cosmetic talc suppliers in the … Continue reading “Litigation Update: $4.8 Million Verdict Against Talc Supplier”

International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a Food Industry Lobby Group

Posted on by Edward Lott

The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a corporate-funded nonprofit organization based in Washington DC, with 17 affiliated chapters around the world. ILSI describes itself as a group that conducts “science for the public good” and “improves human health and well-being and safeguards the environment.” However, investigations by academics, journalists and public interest researchers show … Continue reading “International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a Food Industry Lobby Group”

Litigation Update: Consolidation Requested for Paraquat Lawsuits

Posted on by Edward Lott

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”

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