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Monsanto’s Legacy: A Brief History of Corporate Strongarm Tactics in Favor of Poisonous Products

The pesticide industry, like Big Oil and Big Tobacco before it, has for decades used deception to sell the message that its products are safe and necessary to expand world food production. But global studies prove otherwise. Pesticides, the blanket...
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Juul Labs Avoids Bankruptcy and Settles Thousands of Vaping Lawsuits with New Equity Investment

In the wake of hundreds of layoffs in November and thousands of lawsuits over its vaping products, Juul Labs has secured an equity investment, dodging bankruptcy as it reaches settlements in more than 5,000 cases. About 10,000 plaintiffs, including e-cigarette...
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Limiting Camp Lejeune Attorney Fees in Contaminated Water Cases May Have Unintended Consequences

A Senate bill meant to protect U.S. Marine veterans from being exploited will severely limit their access to competent attorneys in lawsuits against the government, critics say. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was enacted to permit Marines and...
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Federal Mandates to Swap Out Cancer-Causing PFAS Foam Will Generate Massive Waste and Steep Costs

A federal mandate for firefighting foams to be made without per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has The Department of Defense, municipal fire departments, airports, oil refineries, and others reliant on the product to fight fires scrambling to manage disposal costs...
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Baby Formula Lawsuits Consolidated for Trial to Determine if Manufacturers Should Have Warned About Risks

The father of a preterm baby who died in neonatal intensive care within a month of birth has joined hundreds of other parents who claim manufacturers knew, but didn’t warn customers, about the deadly risk associated with some baby formulas....
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More Settlement Talks and a Bid for Summary Judgment to Keep 3M Earplug Lawsuits Out of Bankruptcy Court

Mediation continues, and plaintiffs on October 11 asked the court to hold 3M solely and independently liable for injuries caused by defective earplugs manufactured by its subsidiary, Aearo Technologies. 3M is trying to force resolution of the lawsuits into bankruptcy...
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How to Order Military Medical Records for 3M and Camp Lejeune Claims

The large number of claims being made against 3M earplugs and water contamination from Camp Lejeune means that a lot of law firms are having to request medical records for their clients at the same time. But if your firm...
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Future of 3M Earplug Lawsuit in the Balance as Lawyers Decry ‘Corrosive’ Bankruptcy Tactic

In back-to-back hearings on July 27, the federal judge overseeing more than 230,000 consolidated lawsuits against 3M Company and its subsidiary questioned whether 3M was using bankruptcy to halt the suits; while later that day in bankruptcy court, 3M's subsidiary...
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Juul E-Cigarette Market Up in Smoke After FDA Orders Them Out of U.S.

Citing its role in the rise of teen vaping, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday, June 23, 2022, banned Juul Labs from marketing its e-cigarettes and tobacco and menthol cartridges in the U.S. On June 24, the U.S....
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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Bayer Weedkiller Cases to Continue

On June 13, the U.S. Supreme Court took no action to uphold or reject a $25 million appeals court damages award linking a popular weedkiller to cancer. The decades that Edwin Hardeman and his wife spent nurturing 56 acres of...
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