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What Is the Average Settlement for Paraquat Lawsuits?

Since 2017, paraquat lawsuits have proceeded through state and federal courts. The claimants in these actions allege that the manufacturers of paraquat did not warn of the risk of Parkinson’s disease from exposure to the herbicide. In the summer of 2021, plaintiffs in California state court paraquat actions settled their claims. The amounts have not been publicly disclosed.

Numerous federal lawsuits are pending in the Southern District of Illinois as multidistrict litigation. Currently, plaintiffs’ lawyers and the defendants have until March 2022 to complete pretrial discovery. Estimates of average settlements or even anticipated settlements would seem premature at this point.

If you suffer from Parkinson’s disease at the hands of paraquat, you may qualify to participate in multidistrict litigation or otherwise sue for your injuries.

Mass Torts to Watch in 2022

After a pandemic-induced quiet year in 2020, last year saw a lot of action on the mass tort front. In 2021, we saw $11 billion in Roundup settlements and over a dozen bellwether test trials in various MDL class action lawsuits.

It appears 2022 will be a very eventful year for mass torts. We could see global settlements in two or maybe three major mass tort MDLs, including the biggest of them all, the 3M Earplugs MDL.

Let’s talk about what we can expect in 2022 in the mass tort class action lawsuits with the highest predicted settlement payouts.

Paraquat MDL Nears 400 Cases While Coordinating with State-Filed Lawsuits

On June 7, 2021, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ( all federally filed paraquat lawsuits into the Southern District of Illinois. The Honorable Nancy J. Rosenstengel was appointed to oversee the proceedings.

At that time, about 80 paraquat lawsuits were pending in various federal courts around the country. Now, according to a recent coordination order, that number has climbed to nearly 400.

On October 26, 2021, the Southern District of Illinois released the new coordination order, stating that the action involves at least 384 cases, with more pending in various state courts including California, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

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Paraquat Cases Pivot to Trial, Possible Multidistrict Litigation

The legal fight over the herbicide paraquat is coming to a head, with the first trial set to begin next week. On Thursday, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation plans to hear arguments on whether to coordinate more than 70 lawsuits brought against Chevron and Syngenta over the herbicide.

The legal fight over the herbicide paraquat is coming to a head, with lawsuits proliferating and the first trial set to begin next week.

The bench trial, set for June 1 in Illinois state court, comes in a lawsuit filed in 2017, but the vast majority of the 75 lawsuits have hit the courts in the past few months. On Thursday, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will hear arguments on whether to coordinate the federal cases into a single pretrial proceeding.

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