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Concern for environmental issues is not new to Beasley Allen. While serving as Lt. Governor for the State of Alabama, in 1971 the firm’s future Principal & Founder Jere Beasley vowed to take control of pollution laws out of the hands of big utilities and special interest groups, and put it back into the hands of the average citizen.

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Monsanto appeals multimillion-dollar Roundup verdict

Monsanto is appealing a multimillion-dollar verdict blaming its weed killers Roundup and Ranger Pro for causing a school groundskeeper’s terminal cancer. The notice of appeal was filed in San Francisco Superior Court challenging a California jury’s unanimous decision. In the landmark trial, the jury found that DeWayne “Lee” Johnson’s regular use of Roundup and Ranger Pro while working on school campuses contributed to his non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. The jury awarded Johnson $289 million in damages, but last month, Judge Suzanne Bolanos reduced the award to $78 million. Johnson claimed that studies showed that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and ... Read More

Whistleblower Tips off Coast Guard to Ship’s Illegal Oil Dumping

Federal prosecutors said a whistleblower slipped a thumb drive containing videos showing a ship illegally dumping oil waste to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors, leading to a criminal conviction and a civil fine of $2 million for a Greek shipping company. According to a U.S. Department of Justice announcement, on Dec. 7, 2017, the Coast Guard boarded the Nave Cielo, a 750-foot-long oil tanker owned by Navimax of Piraeus, Greece. Prior to a formal inspection of the vessel near Delaware City, Delaware, a crewmember whistleblower gave the Coast Guard officers the thumb drive, which contained two videos depicting a high-volume discharge of dark-brown ... Read More

Man develops mesothelioma after years of working with asbestos

At 74, Charley Edenfield was full of life. He worked for more than 40 years at a manufacturing plant measuring and mixing the raw ingredients used to make various products at the plant, some of which contained asbestos, a fibrous mineral that was widely used in construction, shipbuilding and friction products until the 1990s. Edenfield wasn’t aware that during his years at the manufacturing plant – from 1954 to 1994 – he was likely breathing in the invisible, odorless, and tasteless asbestos fibers where they gradually inflamed and scarred the tissue surrounding his internal organs, called mesothelium, contributing to his ... Read More

Organic farming is free from probable carcinogen glyphosate

Organic farming practices yield better ethical results, but there are also major health and environmental benefits. Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients like antioxidants, vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and contain fewer chemicals that can pose health risks. Despite these benefits, most farming in the United States is not organic. That’s because the herbicide Roundup has made itself essential to commercial farmers. The main ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, a chemical Monsanto patented in 1974. It effectively killed unwanted weeds in crops. A few years later, Monsanto genetically modified seeds to be resistant to glyphosate. Crops could then ... Read More

FDA approves first biosimilar treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first biosimilar for the treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A biosimilar is a medication that is similar to a biologic, which is a medicine made from living cells through a highly complex and carefully monitored manufacturing process. Truxima (rituximab-abbs) is a biosimilar to Rituxan (rituximab) and is designed to treat adults with CD20-positive, B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a common subtype of NHL. It can be used as a single agent or in combination with chemotherapy. NHL refers to a group of cancers of the lymphatic system. These types of cancers can form anywhere ... Read More

Dying man requests expedited Roundup trial date

A man who last month was given a “devastating diagnosis” of having less than six months to live asked a California judge to expedite his case against Monsanto, maker of the weed killer he claims made him sick. But Monsanto’s lawyers said the man’s terminal diagnosis is not grounds for moving up his trial date. Instead, he should be deposed, they said. Emmanuel Richard Giglio is one of several people in a multidistrict litigation blaming Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro pesticides for their non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnoses. They claim the active ingredient in the weed killers – glyphosate – is the ... Read More

FDA approves new drug for patients newly diagnosed with AML

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug for a deadly type of leukemia linked to workplace exposure of benzene. Pfizer Inc.’s Daurismo, which contains the active ingredient glasdegib, is a daily, oral medication for newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, in adults 75 years of age or older who are unable to be treated with intensive induction chemotherapy. Daurismo is taken in combination with a low-dose of the chemotherapy cytarabine (LDAC). It is also the first and only FDA-approved Hedgehog pathway inhibitor for AML. AML is a rapidly progressing bone marrow cancer that has a ... Read More

Renovators of historic hotel cited for improper handling of asbestos

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries fined three companies involved in renovations of the historic Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane nearly $140,000 for mishandling toxic asbestos in the old hotel. Curtis Rystadt purchased the building for $1.4 million in June 2017. His company, Hos and Boz LLC, and Santiago’s Handyman Services, both of Oregon, were hit with a $24,500 fine for violating eight serious and three general worker safety rules, and an additional $45,000 for serious violations regarding hazardous materials. Both companies have appealed the fines. Kent, Washington-based 4 Aces Restoration was hit with a $200 fine for ... Read More

Florida manufacturer fined $400,000 for worker safety violations

Hialeah, Florida-based PGT Industries Inc., operating as CGI Windows and Doors Inc., was hit with nearly $400,000 in fines by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following an inspection prompted after an employee at the plant suffered a partial finger amputation while working on an unguarded punch press. The penalties include the maximum amount allowed by law for worker safety violations that can cause life-altering injury, OSHA said in a statement. The window and door manufacturer was cited for failing to implement a program to inspect mechanical power presses and correct unsafe conditions, and failing to ... Read More

First Roundup trial in federal court to begin February 2019

U.S. District Judge Vince Chaabria selected the first federal trial accusing Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing weed killers of causing cancer. The case of California resident Edwin Hardeman will be tried as a bellwether among more than 620 pending in the federal litigation in February 2019. The trial is scheduled six months after the first case among more than 9,000 went to trial in a California state court. School groundskeeper DeWayne “Lee” Jackson was awarded $289 million after a jury found that his regular use of Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His award was later reduced ... Read More