Mass Torts

3M loses latest earplug trial, now has nine defeats and six victories

A $2.2 million verdict against 3M is the latest outcome in an ongoing legal battle over allegedly defective earplugs the company long made for the U.S. military.

3M has now lost nine and won six bellwether trials aimed at setting the groundwork for a settlement in one of the largest U.S. mass tort cases ever. With only one more bellwether trial forthcoming, a settlement still appears elusive.

A jury in the case before the U.S. District Court for northern Florida on Friday ruled in favor of Jonathon Vaughn, who served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2010. Vaughn, of Southside, Ala., claimed that 3M’s Combat Arms CAEv2 earplugs caused his hearing loss and tinnitus.

Damages awarded to plaintiffs — all with similar claims — amount to about $220 million.

“It is clear 3M’s defenses — whether in the courts, to investors or the public — are unconvincing and without merit,

Health Concern: What You Need to Know About the 2020 Zantac Recall

What is Zantac?
Zantac is a popular OTC (over-the-counter) drug that is taken to relieve and prevent heartburn. It is also used to treat indigestion, acid reflux, and a variety of other health issues associated with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), and it can be prescribed by a physician to treat any of these disorders.

In early 2020, the FDA issued a recall on Zantac due to the fact that its active ingredient ranitidine may be linked to the development of certain cancers, including stomach, colon, and bladder cancers.

Ranitidine Explained
Prior to April 2020, the main ingredient in Zantac (and some other antacids) was ranitidine, which is an H2 blocker (histamine-2 antagonist). The purpose of H2 blockers in antacids is to prevent certain cells in

Groundbreaking legal battle seeks to show toxic metals in baby food can cause autism

As the number of children diagnosed with autism hits staggering highs, a groundbreaking lawsuit seeks to hold some of America’s most trusted baby food companies at least partially responsible.

The first of its kind lawsuit is on the cusp of a monumental step forward. This month, a judge heard early arguments about the presence of toxic heavy metals in baby food, and how they may harm a child’s developing brain. It’s an issue Spotlight on America has been investigating for years. If the judge rules that the science is valid, major brands like Gerber and Beech-Nut could soon be in the hot seat in a court of law and millions of families could have potential recourse.

Spotlight on America was first to speak with the California mom who is taking on an army of industry giants on behalf of her son, claiming his autism diagnosis can be traced back to heavy metals in the food he ate as an infant.

The discovery of toxic heavy metals like lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium in baby food is not new.

For more than a year, Spotlight on America has investigated the issue.

We tracked down the original scientists who conducted the first major testing of baby food for heavy metals in 2016. Those scientists, we discovered, tried to warn both the baby food companies and the Food and Drug Administration about what they found.

Lead counsel appointed in the Philips CPAP MDL

The federal judge in charge of the multidistrict litigation by users of Philips’ recalled CPAP, Bi-Level PAP and mechanical ventilators has appointed two men and two women to serve as co-lead counsel after interviewing more than 75 candidates for the position.

Senior U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti in Pittsburgh chose Sandra Duggan of Levin Sedran & Berman, Kelly Iverson of Lynch Carpenter, Steven Schwartz of Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith and Christopher Seeger of Seeger Weiss to lead the litigation.

All have substantial experience shepherding other MDLs, but Conti noted the “enthusiasm and talent” of many candidates with little experience in multidistrict litigation. In an unusual move, she created a 10-member leadership development committee to provide newcomers with “the education, experience, and mentorship necessary to lead future MDLs.”

Conti also appointed a 12-member plaintiffs’ steering committee, co-liaison counsel and several other committees. All told, she assigned 33 lawyers to leadership posts, including 18 women and many people of color. Co-lead counsel Duggan is Mexican American, according to her law firm’s website.

John Lavelle Jr of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius leads the defense for Amsterdam-based Koninklijke (Royal) Philips NV and its U.S. units, including Pennsylvania-based Philips RS, formerly known as Respironics Inc.

The litigation began last April, after Philips first warned of “possible risks to users related to the sound abatement foam” in various models of its sleep apnea and respiration aids manufactured before that date. In a subsequent recall notice, the company said the foam could emit toxic fumes or degrade under some conditions, releasing small particles that could be inhaled. Last month, it estimated the recall would affect 5.2 million devices worldwide.

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Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Settlement Claim Review

The active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup has been linked to an increased risk of lymphoma and leukemia, specifically non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Monsanto, weed killer’s maker, has faced a number of Roundup lawsuits from farmworkers and home gardeners alleging that they were diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup.

According to the Roundup cancer lawsuits, the product has been linked to the following cancer side effects:

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
B-cell lymphoma
T-cell lymphoma
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
Hairy cell lymphoma

Does Roundup Weed Killer Cause Cancer?

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a report in March 2015, which concluded that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is linked to cancer.

The IARC report also linked four other pesticides that were shown to cause cancer.

The report came after studies were published in

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