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Iowa man sues Roundup maker over cancer diagnosis

Just days after a California jury awarded a man $289 million after finding Monsanto’s Roundup caused his terminal cancer, an Iowa man filed a similar case against the herbicide manufacturer. Ray D. Harry,64, filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Sioux City, Iowa. He says he used Roundup for more than two decades on two different Iowa properties from 1988 to 2006 and 2011 to 2016. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in September 2017. “Monsanto assured the public that Roundup was harmless,” his suit claims. “In order to prove this, Monsanto has championed falsified data and has attacked ... Read More

NTSB Investigating Charter Jet’s Near Landing on Philadelphia Taxiway

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a preliminary report of a near miss at Philadelphia International Airport in August in which a private charter jet nearly landed on a taxiway occupied by four commercial passenger planes. The NTSB’s investigation of the near miss remains ongoing and it could take several more months for the investigative agency to wrap up its probe of the Aug. 10 incident, but the early report provides some harrowing detail of what looks like a pilot error that could have turned into a major catastrophe. According to the NTSB report, PEGJET Flight 19, a Gulfstream ... Read More

Terminally ill couple suing Monsanto asks for expedited trial ‘before they die’

Just weeks after Bayer AG announced its acquisition of Monsanto, the company was hit with a landmark $289 million verdict after a San Francisco jury found Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro caused a man’s cancer. Bayer wasn’t expecting to face its next case among the 8,700 waged against it until February. But an elderly couple who say the weed killer gave them both cancer want their day in court “before they die,” and are asking for their case to be moved to the front of the line, and for their trial to happen in December. Both husband and wife are ... Read More

NOLA councilman blames his cancer on Roundup exposure

There was rarely a time that Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) Councilman Chris Roberts wasn’t around Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. His father worked for a Monsanto supplier for more than three decades. Roberts often used the product around the house and always had a jug in his car, his garage and even his office. When he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma in April 2006 at the age of 29, his doctors were puzzled. Most people diagnosed with lymphoma are in their 60s or older, according to the American Cancer Society. Causes include exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. Roberts believes his regular exposure ... Read More

Berkeley professor suspended for sexual harassment

A professor of architecture for the University of California, Berkeley was suspended for “a pattern of sexual harassment,” said Vice Provost Benjamin Hermalin. Nezar AlSayyad will remain on leave for three years and is expected to return to the school in the fall of 2021. AlSayyad was suspended based on sexual abuse allegations of a former graduate student who originally reported the abuse allegations in 2016. It took nearly three years for the school to make a decision about the tenured professor of architecture, city planning, urban design and urban history for UC Berkley’s College of Environmental Design. AlSayyad has ... Read More

Construction company where worker was killed had history of safety violations

An investigation into the death of a man killed when a steel beam fell on him during construction on the Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco earlier this month uncovered a history of serious violations with the company the man worked for. Patrick Ricketts was a signal technician for Shimmick Construction. According to records, the company had been cited for almost 50 safety violations in the workplace over the past decade, including six violations related to the 2016 death of a forklift operator. In that incident, the laborer lost control of the forklift he was driving. The forklift went into ... Read More

Wells Fargo Blames Hundreds of Home Foreclosures on Calculating Error

Wells Fargo said a software glitch in its mortgage loan modification underwriting tool led to hundreds of its customers losing their houses to foreclosure. In its latest quarterly filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Wells Fargo said that the calculation error caused about 625 customers to either be incorrectly denied a government-sponsored mortgage loan modification or not offered a loan modification when they would have qualified. “In approximately 400 of these instances, after the loan modification was denied or the customer was deemed ineligible to be offered a loan modification, a foreclosure was completed,” Wells Fargo said ... Read More

Golfer Swarmed by Yellow Jackets has Premises Liability Lawsuit Revived

A California appeals court has reinstated a premises liability lawsuit against a California golf club brought by a woman who nearly died after being swarmed by yellow jackets on the green. Plaintiff Carolyn Staat was taking golf lessons at the Vintner’s Golf Club in Yountville, California in July 2013 when a swarm of yellow jackets attacked her and her instructor, according to Business Insurance. The swarm continued to pursue and sting Ms. Staat, who had to run about 150 yards before the attack ceased, the premises liability lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit, which also accuses the golf club of general negligence, ... Read More

Jury Orders Monsanto to Pay Plaintiff $289 Million in Glyphosate Cancer Trial

A terminally ill California man who claims routine exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro weed killers caused his cancer was awarded $289 million Friday, Aug. 10. A jury at San Francisco’s Superior Court of California deliberated for three days before finding that Monsanto had failed to warn Mr. Johnson and other consumers that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide products, can cause cancer. Mr. Johnson, a 46-year-old father of two, worked as a school groundskeeper in the San Francisco Bay Area. He says he sprayed the Monsanto chemicals about 30 times per year and went through hundreds of gallons of it during ... Read More

Uber Ending Its Self-Driving Truck Operations

Uber says it is shutting down its self-driving truck research division for the foreseeable future. Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies group, said in an email to employees reviewed by Tech Crunch that Uber wants to build its forward momentum by focusing on its self-driving car technology. Once self-driving technology is more fully developed, Uber will apply it to commercial trucks. “Rather than having two groups working side by side, focused on different vehicle platforms, I want us instead collaborating as one team,” Mr. Meyhofer said in the email. “I know we’re all super proud of what the Trucks ... Read More