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Taxpayer Dollars up in PFAS Smoke?

Taxpayer Dollars up in PFAS Smoke? July 28, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently reported that the price tag to clean up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from nearly 700 military bases nationwide will probably exceed -- and cost taxpayers-- $2.1 billion. According to the Department of Defense (DOD) that price is up from $1.1 billion last year.
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Another Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit filed in California

Another Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit filed in California July 26, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA Monsanto has been hit with another lawsuit claiming its Roundup product causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers. Plaintiff Michael Langford of Sacramento was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2007 and later developed other cancers. Langford’s Monsanto lawsuit filed in late June comes on the heels of a claim also filed in June. An Ohio resident filed suit in Delaware Superior Court claiming her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was also the result of many years’ exposure to Roundup in the care of her home garden.

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Jury heard 3M Combat Arms Earplug Plaintiff Loud and Clear

Jury heard 3M Combat Arms Earplug Plaintiff Loud and Clear July 8, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Pensacola, FL In the third 3M earplug bellwether trial a federal jury determined that the company failed to provide adequate safety warnings about their combat arms earplugs. The plaintiff, veteran Lloyd Baker, was awarded $1.7 million.
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Syngenta Sues Insurers to Mount Defense, Pay Excess Claims

Syngenta Sues Insurers to Mount Defense, Pay Excess Claims June 30, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Wilmington, DE On May 17 Syngenta, the manufacturer and distributor of paraquat-based herbicides, filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of Delaware seeking a declaratory judgment that would compel nearly 100 insurers to undertake Syngenta’s defense in the growing number of product-based personal injury lawsuits. The underlying lawsuits focus on the link between the herbicide and Parkinson’s disease, which appears with disproportionate frequency in professionals who used the product under license and according to the manufacturer’s directions. Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Company also seeks damages against insurers who, according to the company, also breached other contractual provisions. Some of these breaches allegedly occurred decades ago.
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J&J Talc Plaintiffs: It Pays to Persevere

J&J Talc Plaintiffs: It Pays to Persevere June 25, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC Twenty women who sued Johnson and Johnson, claiming its baby powder was key in their ovarian cancers, stuck to their guns: the U.S. Supreme Court won’t overturn a $2.1 billion against J&J, which was cut from a 2018 Missouri Court verdict of $4.7 billion. These women persevered through an exhaustive and harrowing court battle including the company’s last ditch appeal in March. But nine women have died from ovarian cancer since the trial began six years ago.
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Air Force Veteran Files Kidney Cancer Lawsuit Citing Firefighting Foam

Air Force Veteran Files Kidney Cancer Lawsuit Citing Firefighting Foam June 22, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Charleston, SC On May 26, Jeffrey Clark filed a lawsuit against 3M and a host of other corporate defendants citing his exposure to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS/PFOA) firefighting foams as the likely cause of his kidney cancer. Clark v. 3M Company will be consolidated for pre-trial proceedings into the Multidistrict Litigation now currently before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.
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Goodbye to Glyphosate?

Goodbye to Glyphosate? June 18, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA  In the wake of the Northern District of California’s rejection of a proposed settlement that would have limited Monsanto’s future liability for glyphosate lawsuits, Monsanto has announced that it will reconsider reformulating Roundup products marketed for residential use. Bayer AG has looked to limit its potential financial exposure to Monsanto glyphosate lawsuits ever since it acquired the company in 2018.
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3M Earplugs Bellwether Trial: So far a Draw

3M Earplugs Bellwether Trial: So far a Draw June 10, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Pensacola, FLThe second 3M earplug lawsuit ended with a win for the defense.  The Combat Arms Earplug manufacturer lost the first bellwether trial that ended with a $7.1 million win for veterans. Now, hundreds of thousands of victims with hearing loss allegedly from defective earplugs await the third and final trial on June 7th in Pensacola.
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Recent Studies Show Other Side Effects, including certain Cancers, with Long-term PPI Use

Recent Studies Show Other Side Effects, including certain Cancers, with Long-term PPI Use June 3, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA For more than a decade, studies have shown that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are associated with serious side effects, including kidney failure and other injuries. Researchers now add to “other” injuries biliary track cancer, gallbladder cancer and cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) and might be carcinogenic.
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3M Earplug Bellwether Trials: 1 For 3M, 1 for Plaintiffs

3M Earplug Bellwether Trials: 1 For 3M, 1 for Plaintiffs June 1, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Pensacola, FL  The second bellwether case of three found a Florida jury siding with 3M Co., which is the company’s first win in federal court. 3M allegedly sold defective earplugs to veterans but claims in its defense that the military is responsible for the design and delivery of the earplugs. This trial involves an estimated 240,000 total service members, 3,349 of whom have filed lawsuits.

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