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Roundup users sue Monsanto over cancer diagnoses

Bayer AG, which acquired agri-giant Monsanto in June, posted more than 300 studies on the safety of glyphosate, the active ingredient in its widely used weed killer Roundup. The move comes four months after the company was hit with a $289 million verdict in a landmark trial brought by a school groundskeeper who alleged his exposure to the herbicide contributed to his terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. (The award was later reduced to $78 million.) The studies were posted to mark the first anniversary of Bayer’s “Transparency Initiative,” a major PR campaign designed to “enhance trust in the science behind crop ... Read More

J&J knew for decades its talc contained asbestos

Nearly 20 years ago, Darlene Coker sued Johnson & Johnson. She had been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. How could the 52-year-old who ran a massage school in eastern Texas while raising two daughters develop the disease? It must have been the Johnson’s Baby Powder she regularly dusted on her children and herself. Talc, like asbestos, is mined from the earth. To her and her attorney, it wasn’t too far a leap to suggest J&J’s talc-containing product could have contained asbestos and caused her deadly disease. Coker sought to ... Read More

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

J&J expected to fight $4.69 billion talc verdict

Johnson & Johnson is expected to ask the Missouri Circuit Court in St. Louis City to undo or, at the very least, reduce a $4.69 billion verdict awarded to 22 women who accused the company’s talcum powder of being contaminated with asbestos and causing their ovarian cancer. But the women say the verdict should stand because the “vast majority of evidence” shows the company was aware its talc-containing products were dangerous but continued to sell the product without warning consumers. The Aug. 22 verdict includes $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages against Johnson & Johnson’s ... Read More

Colbert blames Purdue Pharma and its owners for worsening opioid epidemic

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert took a swipe at the family behind Big Pharma giant Purdue Pharma, blaming the company and its owners for what he described as its ruthless plan to increase profits by increasing the number of opioid addicts around the world. Colbert calls the opioid epidemic a problem that affects both political parties. “It does not discriminate,” he said. “And a lot of people blame big pharma. But only because it’s their fault.” National Safety Council reported that 80 percent of new heroin users started on the illicit drug after misusing prescription pain killers. It was ... 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

Two FedEx suppliers face lawsuits after worker was crushed to death

The family of a material handler crushed to death under a cargo lift at the FedEx world hub in Memphis, Tennessee, has filed a lawsuit against two suppliers alleging equipment the companies supplied lacked effective safety mechanisms to protect workers, according to the Daily Memphian. The lawsuit was filed Nov. 22 in Shelby County Circuit Court and names JBT Aerotech of Chicago and Fast Global Solutions of Glenwood, Minnesota. The accident occurred when Ellen Gladney, 60, was caught beneath the cargo lift as her crew prepared to unload a Boeing 777F. Gladney’s job that day was to carry the hand-held ... Read More

Lawsuits hold several parties responsible for fatal aircraft crash

A Canadian flight school, a North Carolina airplane parts manufacturer, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have been hit with lawsuits alleging negligence which led to an airplane crash that killed three people. The crash occurred Oct. 16, 2016, on an aircraft owned and operated by the St. Catharines Flying Club of Niagara on the Lake, on a flight from Richmond, Virginia to St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. All persons on board – two passengers and the pilot – were killed. The lawsuit claims that the crash was caused by the failure of the aircraft’s Tempest Vacuum Pump, which was manufactured by Aero ... Read More

Judge grants expedited Roundup trial to sick, elderly couple

Alameda Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou granted a request by an elderly couple for an expedited trial date for their case alleging Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides caused each of them to develop cancer. The judge reasoned that the serious nature of their diseases and advanced age justified moving their trial date up to March 18. Alva Pilliod, 76, and Alberta Pilliod, were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011 and 2015, respectively. Both are currently in remission but both face several health issues. Alva, for example, has had multiple seizures and Alberta has frequent dizzy spells and double vision. ... Read More

EPA draft questions safety of nonstick chemical compounds

Long-term exposure to a chemical compound used in nonstick coatings for products like pans, fast-food wrappers and firefighting foam, even in trace amounts, appears to be dangerous to humans, according to a draft released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The chemical compound known as GenX was designed to be safer than previous stick- and stain-resistant compounds, known as PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalyl substances). The older versions have been found in dangerous levels in drinking water supplies across the country. That family of chemicals has been phased out of manufacturing in the U.S. due to health concerns. But EPA’s draft ... Read More