January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and Floridians are giving far more than lip service to the occasion. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this movement? Florida is targeting sex buyers, as well as the businesses that enable these purchases.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many mask and face shield wearers turned to anti-fogging sprays and cloths to manage condensation on their eyeglasses and face shields. However, recent studies show that these sprays could contain dangerously high levels of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals”.
Victims of Terrorism Join Together To Send Open Letter to Biden on Behalf of Nearly 1,000 Injured U.S. Military Veterans & Gold Star Families
Attorney Chris Paulos, of Levin Papantonio Rafferty (LPR) law firm, announces that nearly 1,000 victims of terrorism that the firm represents have jointly sent an open letter to President Biden. All of these victims are U.S. nationals, service members, and contractors who were killed or injured by acts of Iranian-sponsored terrorism in Iraq.
The Levin Papantonio Rafferty (LPR) law firm is pleased to announce an important victory in its ongoing efforts to seek justice for U.S. servicemembers and their families severely injured in terrorist attacks in Iraq. Specifically, on January 4, 2021, in Atchley, et al., v. AstraZeneca et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned and remanded a trial court’s dismissal of the case.
Judge Robin L. Rosenberg, who is overseeing the Zantac multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, outlined dates and procedures for moving ahead with bellwether trials.
Skanska, the owner of 27 barges that broke free from their mooring stations during Hurricane Sally in September 2020, striking and damaging the Pensacola Bay Bridge and other properties in and around the bay, lost its petition for relief from liability under the Limitation of Vessel Owner’s Liability Act.
After a significant recall of Philips’ CPAP, BiPAP, and mechanical ventilator products last year, newly released documents show that Philips had prior knowledge of safety concerns about the machines. The company could have known about the products’ flaws for several years before warning consumers of their risks, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Lawyers connected to the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) talcum-based baby powder lawsuits are calling the company’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a “masquerade,” according to Law360. Attorneys are criticizing J&J for its transparent attempt to shield itself from liability claims. The move has several potential consequences for plaintiffs in these lawsuits, including a delay in litigation.
A class of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) remains present in the water cycle over long periods of time. These chemicals can then migrate from water to the air, according to new research from Stockholm University.
“Serial violator” of environmental laws Monsanto will plead guilty to illegal use of pesticides in Hawaii
Court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii reveal that Monsanto has agreed to plead guilty to 30 environmental crimes, the Associated Press reports. The American agrochemical and biotech corporation allegedly let workers enter an area of corn fields in Oahu that had been recently sprayed with Forfeit 280.
On Friday, December 10, 2021, 3M faced another defeat in federal court, as a jury awarded $22.5 million to plaintiff Theodore Finley, according to Reuters. A former U.S. Army soldier, Finley alleged that his hearing loss and tinnitus resulted from the defendant’s defective Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2).
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Craig Whitley in Charlotte, North Carolina ordered that tens of thousands of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson be moved to New Jersey, according to a November 10, 2021 report from Reuters. Judge Whitley explained that his decision hinged on two factors: the fact that Johnson & Johnson is headquartered in New Jersey and the fact that a substantial amount of the country’s talc litigation is happening there.
The company further informs that it has produced around 750,000 replacement devices and repair kits. More than 250,000 are actually in consumers’ hands.
The delay in receiving new devices has been a point of frustration for users.
A late October hearing signaled movement toward trial for plaintiffs demanding compensation from the makers of paraquat weed killer, reports US Right to Know. U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel of the Southern District of Illinois prompted attorneys in more than 380 cases to begin assessing plaintiffs.
Dangerous Bacteria in Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray Prompts Walmart Recall
On October 22, 2021, Walmart announced it is recalling around 3,900 bottles of Better Homes and Gardens’ Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones, according to a report from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. The retail giant is recalling the room sprays due to the risk of serious injury and death.
Plaintiffs in talc cancer lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson have had a white-knuckle time of it after hearing the company’s plans to file bankruptcy. If you are among the worriers, you should know that your legal action remains alive and well. However, J&J’s maneuverings could change some aspects of how your case is handled.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), by January of 2020, the government agency had received 733 medical device reports (MDRs) of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) diagnoses and treatments.