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$1.5 Billion Settlement Reached in Syngenta AG Corn MDL
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On March 12, 2018, a $1.5 billion settlement was submitted to Kansas federal court Judge John W. Lungstrum for preliminary approval. The settlement will bring a resolution to the Syngenta AG Corn multidistrict litigation (“MDL”) and is believed to become the largest GMO settlement recorded to date in United States history. It is being hailed as a record-breaking achievement in agricultural litigation.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq. | Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 03/15/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Alabama County Files Suit Against Opioid Drug Companies
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Jefferson County, Alabama has filed a federal lawsuit against 27 opioid manufacturers and suppliers. The Jefferson County Commission, the county sheriff and three municipalities filed suit against the companies alleging a "long-going conspiracy" concerning the safety of the drugs. According to the complaint, the makers knew their drugs were highly addictive and that they were prescribed much longer than necessary, leading to addiction.
Howard Koplowitz, 03/15/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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$5M Awarded in Texas Woman’s Slip-and-Fall Case
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Nearly $5 million has been awarded to a Texas woman in a slip-and-fall lawsuit. On March 5, the Scott County jury decided to award $4.9 million to the woman who broke her ankle when she slipped on ice outside a hotel in Bettendorf, Iowa. The jury ruled that Marriott International Inc. and Courtyard Management Corp., were at fault for injuries suffered by the plaintiff. The most recent trial, which began on Feb. 28, was the second in the case.
Tara Becker-Gray, Quad-City Times 03/12/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Summary Judgement Granted in Electrical Worker’s Injury Lawsuit
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A New York plaintiff’s motion for summary judgement in a work-related construction accident lawsuit has been granted. The defendants are now being held liable for the accident as a matter of law, without there having to be a jury trial or any further litigation on the issue of liability. The lawsuit was filed against Altec Industries, Inc., Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., and Sisters of Life by an electrical worker who suffered injuries after a machine malfunctioned, causing him to become trapped in a bucket while working on a utility pole.
Staff Report, PR Web 03/13/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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300 Reports of Overheating Envi Wall Heaters, Now Recalled
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A recall has been issued on eheat’s Envi high-efficiency electric panel heaters due to overheating and burn hazards. As stated in the recall, “Improper wire crimping by the manufacturer can cause the unit to overheat, smoke, or melt, posing a burn hazard.” There have been 300 reports of overheating involving the Envi heaters, but no injuries have been reported. The devices were sold online at and at some specialty retailers from July 2015 through August 2016.
Staff Report, Consumer Product Safety Commission 03/15/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wyoming Not Held Responsible for Licensing Driver Who Killed Girl
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The state of Wyoming will not be held responsible in the death of a 7-year-old child who was fatally struck by a driver with a visual handicap. The licensed driver who hit the young girl has one glass eye and glaucoma in the other and claims that she did not see the girl. The 78-year-old driver was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide. She was driving with a valid license at the time of the accident and the child’s family allege that the state was responsible for allowing the woman to drive with the handicap.
Shane Sanderson, Casper Star Tribune 03/15/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Parents of Florida Student Killed in Fraternity Ritual Seek Anti-Hazing Law
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The family of a Florida college student who died in an alleged hazing incident is pushing for a new federal anti-hazing law. In November, the couple’s son was found unresponsive on a couch the morning after a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity party at Florida State University. The student died of alcohol poisoning after allegedly being pressured to drink an entire bottle of 101-proof bourbon. Nine members of the fraternity pleaded not guilty to hazing charges in connection with the recall.
Staff Report, 03/13/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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