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Colorado Family Sues Over Natural Gas Explosion that Killed Neighbors

A family who lives next door to a Firestone, Colorado, house that exploded because of an uncapped underground natural gas pipeline filed a lawsuit May 15, seeking damages from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and other companies they allege are responsible for the fatal incident. On April 17, brothers-in-law Mark Martinez and Joey Irwin were working on a water heater in the basement of the Martinez home when an accumulation of gas that had seeped into the home from a nearby well ignited. The ensuing explosion killed both Mr. Martinez and Mr. Irwin. Erin Martinez, Mark Martinez’s wife and child survived with ... Read More

Alleged Monsanto Roundup Cancer Victim Shares Plight With CNN

After years of spraying Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on her coffee farm in Hawaii, Christine Sheppard developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Now, as a stage IV cancer patient, she is one of more than 800 other cancer patients who are pursuing legal action against the agrochemical giant, alleging Roundup caused their cancer. Ms. Sheppard, 67, told CNN that she learned of her cancer after her right leg “swelled up enormously.” An ultrasound found that her body was full of late-stage, large-cell cancer. She is undergoing chemotherapy, which has diminished her mobility and quality of life. Beyond her constant pain, she is experiencing “a ... Read More

Lawyers Focus On 3M After $5 Million Tennessee River Contamination Settlement

Rural water customers in northern Alabama’s Tennessee River Valley are preparing to take on multinational manufacturer 3M in court, alleging its Decatur plant contaminated the drinking water supply with harmful chemicals. Last week, Alabama federal judge Abdul Kallon approved a $5 million settlement between Daikin America Inc. and the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority and its customers. The settlement resolves Daikin’s portion of the complaint. “We can now, on behalf of everyone harmed by these chemicals, take dead aim at the biggest corporate villain in the Tennessee Valley, 3M, and work aggressively to hold them accountable,” an attorney representing the ... Read More

Wells Fargo Scandal Far Worse Than First Estimated, Lawyers Say

Wells Fargo bank may have opened as many as 3.5 million bogus customer checking, savings, and credit card accounts during the last 15 years, far more than previously believed, lawyers for a class of affected customers estimate. According to papers filed May 11 in federal court in San Francisco, plaintiffs’ lawyers say the number of accounts Wells Fargo opened without customers’ knowledge or consent is much higher than the bank and federal regulators originally estimated. For months that number stood at around 2.1 million. The fake accounts stretch back to 2002, an internal bank investigation found, and continued until about ... Read More

Monsanto Employs Internet Trolls To Counter Roundup Critics Online, Lawsuit Claims

Monsanto is accused of hiring “third parties” to aggressively refute negative comments about the company, its blockbuster herbicide Roundup, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), plaintiffs suing the company allege. According to court records released April 24, including a plaintiffs’ reply in support of a motion to strike confidentiality of a deposition given by a Monsanto scientist, the agrochemical giant “started the aptly-named ‘Let Nothing Go’ program to leave nothing, not even facebook comments, unanswered.” The agrochemical and biotech manufacturer of Roundup herbicide and Roundup-resistant GMO seeds is facing a mounting number of lawsuits filed by plaintiffs who allege exposure to ... Read More

Cardiovascular Systems Whistleblower Awarded $25 Million In Retaliation Case

A whistleblower who claimed his employer Cardiovascular Systems Inc. (CSI) retaliated against him for complaining of an illegal kickback scheme has been awarded more than $25 million by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury. Steven Babyak, a regional sales manager for Minnesota-based CSI in the Southwest, sued his former employer for violation of whistleblower protections and wrongful termination after he was fired without warning on June 1, 2015. CSI manufactures and markets medical devices for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. According to the StarTribune, Mr. Babyak claims in his lawsuit that his supervisor, area sales director Todd Goldberg, introduced a ... Read More

New talc trial alleging ovarian cancer risk underway in Missouri

Johnson and Johnson’s attorney said in opening arguments of the fifth talc trial that is now underway in Missouri that government agencies have not determined that talc is a risk factor for ovarian cancer. However, the plaintiff’s attorney promises to show evidence that J&J and co-defendant Imerys Talc America used corporate power to influence government agencies, successfully preventing talc regulation. “In internal documents, the mantra of the defendants has consistently been, ‘It’s time to create more confusion,’” said the plaintiff’s attorney Allen Smith, according to the St. Louis Record. “Johnson & Johnson has never warned the public about this hazard,” Smith told jurors, ... Read More

Retrievable IVC filter failure promps Lawsuit Against Rex Medical

An Oklahoma man has filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical alleging injuries related to the manufacturer’s inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, which was designed to be temporary but which doctors have been unable to remove. On Feb. 12, 2016, Ronald L. had an Option ELITE Retrievable IVC filter surgically inserted by doctors at Community Hospital in Oklahoma City. He had been admitted for hip surgery, and the filter was placed just in case he might form a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in the legs. The filter is designed catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs, resulting in pulmonary embolism. A DVT is ... Read More

Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit names Wells Fargo VP As Defendant

The former chief executive of a banking trade group of asset-backed lenders is suing the group and Wells Fargo Bank, alleging he was fired in retaliation for voicing concerns over undisclosed conflicts of interest between the group’s auditing firm and group members. Robert Trojan, the former head of the Commercial Finance Association (CFA), which represents banks that make loans to companies backed by assets and accounts receivables, says he found that the CFA’s auditor, Freed Maxick, had undisclosed business relationships with the group’ members and directors and thus wasn’t fully independent. An auditor’s lack of independence effectively meant that the ... Read More

Next Missouri talc trial to begin April 10

Next week the second talc trial of 2017 is scheduled to begin in Missouri. Sixty-one-year-old plaintiff Lois Slemp alleges that her ovarian cancer is caused by four decades of using Johnson and Johnson’s talc products for feminine hygiene and she claims that J&J and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America should have warned her of the products’ cancer risk. “Opening statements are set to begin on April 10 before Judge Rex Burlison, the same judge who presided over the four previous talcum powder trials in St. Louis. Plaintiffs won three of those cases, saddling J&J with nearly $200 million in damages ... Read More