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Elmiron Bellwether Trial Rescheduled for March 2023

Elmiron Bellwether Trial Rescheduled for March 2023

A court order has postponed the first Elmiron bellwether trial to March 27, 2023. Elmiron is an oral drug used to treat interstitial cystitis, a chronic condition that results in excruciating bladder pain and pressure. While Elmiron appeared as a saving grace for many...

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Baltimore Files Lawsuit Over PFAS in Water Supply

Baltimore Files Lawsuit Over PFAS in Water Supply

The city of Baltimore, Maryland, has filed a lawsuit against more than twenty manufacturers of Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The city filed the lawsuit on November 4, 2022, the same day the city of Philadelphia also...

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Denied Camp Lejeune Victims May Have to Restart Claims

Denied Camp Lejeune Victims May Have to Restart Claims

The U.S. government has stated that previously denied Camp Lejeune claimants must resubmit under the new requirements stipulated in the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. In response to Camp Lejeune plaintiffs, the government explained individuals need to notify the...

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Plaintiffs Seek MDL for Hair Relaxer Injury Claims

Plaintiffs Seek MDL for Hair Relaxer Injury Claims

Litigation that involves claims that hair relaxers cause uterine cancer and other adverse health effects is gaining traction. Lawsuits state that hair relaxers contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals that may account for severe injuries in users. As more individuals...

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U.S. Military To Stop Use of PFAS Foam in 2024

U.S. Military To Stop Use of PFAS Foam in 2024

The U.S. Government Accountability Office announced that the Department of Defense will cease its use of PFAS-based Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) by October 2024. Thousands of lawsuits nationwide claim that prolonged exposure to Aqueous-Film Forming Foam causes...

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Approximately 6,000 Covidien Hernia Mesh Claims Filed

Approximately 6,000 Covidien Hernia Mesh Claims Filed

Parties involved in the Covidien hernia mesh multidistrict litigation report that nearly 6,000 cases have been filed in federal and state courts. Plaintiffs in these lawsuits accuse Covidien of manufacturing and distributing defective hernia mesh products. The...

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JPML Centralizes Social Media Lawsuits

JPML Centralizes Social Media Lawsuits

On October 6, 2022, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated lawsuits regarding social media addiction and harm among adolescents into MDL-3047. Lawsuits filed against social media platforms such as Meta platforms, Inc. and Twitter allege...

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Bankruptcy Judge Pauses State Lawsuits Over J&J Talc

Bankruptcy Judge Pauses State Lawsuits Over J&J Talc

On October 4, 2022, U.S. bankruptcy judge Michael Kaplan temporarily stayed two state lawsuits alleging Johnson & Johnson misled consumers about the safety of its talc products while the appeals court reviews the legitimacy of the company’s bankruptcy strategy....

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JPML to Consider Chantix MDL in December

JPML to Consider Chantix MDL in December

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will hear oral arguments concerning the consolidation of Chantix lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation on December 1. The anti-smoking drug Chantix, created by Pfizer, has been the subject of debate concerning the...

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Juul Files Lawsuits Against FDA for Market Denial Order

Juul Files Lawsuits Against FDA for Market Denial Order

This year has produced many developments in the ongoing battle between the FDA and e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs, Inc. Most notably, on June 23, 2022, the FDA ordered the removal of Juul’s vaping devices and pods from the market due to insufficient evidence...

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VA Mishandled Thousands of Camp Lejeune Claims

VA Mishandled Thousands of Camp Lejeune Claims

On August 10, 2022, President Biden signed The Honoring Our PACT Act into law. This bill aims to expand healthcare benefits for veterans and includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, which finally gave legal recourse to victims of water contamination at the...

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Judge Denies 3M Immunity in PFAS Litigation

Judge Denies 3M Immunity in PFAS Litigation

The judge presiding over the federal PFAS multidistrict litigation recently denied the 3M Company immunity from liability for damages caused by the toxic chemicals as a government contractor. 3M Co. attempted to convince the judge that it should not be held...

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Appeals Court Reviews Johnson & Johnson Bankruptcy Tactic

Appeals Court Reviews Johnson & Johnson Bankruptcy Tactic

On September 19, 2022, a panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments to overturn Johnson & Johnson’s bankruptcy maneuver. In October of last year, J&J created a subsidiary to transfer all of its pending talcum powder litigation. However,...

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New Study Links Roundup To Convulsions In Animals

New Study Links Roundup To Convulsions In Animals

Roundup, a widely used commercial and residential weed killer, is the root of thousands of lawsuits nationwide. Claimants allege that prolonged exposure to the herbicide and its active ingredient, glyphosate, caused them to develop various forms of cancer. Recently, a...

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Monsanto Wins Recent Roundup Bellwether Trial

Monsanto Wins Recent Roundup Bellwether Trial

Monsanto recently won the seventh bellwether trial in the Roundup MDL on September 1, 2022. This verdict was the fifth consecutive win for the Bayer subsidiary despite significant verdicts for plaintiffs back in 2018. Bayer announced that the jury determined that...

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Juul Reaches $438.5 Million Settlement With Several States

Juul Reaches $438.5 Million Settlement With Several States

Several states announced that e-cigarette manufacturer Juul agreed to pay $438.5 million to 34 states and territories. This announcement follows a two-year-long investigation into Juul’s marketing and sales practices nationwide. For years, many have accused Juul of...

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Judge Appoints Settlement Master in Bard Hernia Mesh MDL

Judge Appoints Settlement Master in Bard Hernia Mesh MDL

The judge overseeing the thousands of hernia mesh lawsuits against C.R. Bard recently appointed John Jackson as the settlement mediator in the multidistrict litigation. This settlement mediator will work with legal defense from both parties to potentially reach a...

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First Paraquat Bellwether Trial Delayed Until 2023

First Paraquat Bellwether Trial Delayed Until 2023

The judge presiding over the paraquat multidistrict litigation recently pushed the opening bellwether trial to July 2023. Given the rising number of cases in the last couple of months, the judge moved the date presumably to provide more time for discovery. This...

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Philip Recalls More BiPAP Machines

Philip Recalls More BiPAP Machines

On August 29, 2022, the FDA announced that Philips Respironics recalled certain bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines that contain contaminated plastic. If the plastic reaches the device motor, it may emit dangerous volatile organic compounds. Also, the...

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First Zantac Lawsuit Ends in $500,000 Settlement

First Zantac Lawsuit Ends in $500,000 Settlement

The first Zantac (ranitidine) case scheduled for trial reached a $500,000 settlement shortly before trial. Plaintiff Joseph Bayer voluntarily dismissed his case due to a settlement he reached with generic drugmakers. Bayer alleged that the popular heartburn medication...

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3M Bankruptcy Maneuver Fails to Stop Earplug Lawsuits

3M Bankruptcy Maneuver Fails to Stop Earplug Lawsuits

In late July, 3M Co. announced that it intended to set aside roughly $1 billion to settle all remaining 3M dual combat earplug lawsuits. This proposed plan also included a stipulation in which Aearo Technologies, 3M’s subsidiary, filed for bankruptcy. The company...

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Bellwether Trial Holds Walgreens Liable in Opioid MDL-2804

Bellwether Trial Holds Walgreens Liable in Opioid MDL-2804

On August 10, 2022, Judge Charles R. Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found the pharmaceutical chain Walgreens responsible for contributing to the opioid epidemic in San Francisco. Judge Breyer determined that Walgreens failed...

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JPML Creates Gardasil HPV Vaccine MDL-3606

JPML Creates Gardasil HPV Vaccine MDL-3606

In a major development for Gardasil lawsuits nationwide, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated Gardasil HPV vaccine lawsuits into MDL-3606 on August 4, 2022. U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. of the Western District of North...

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A Dive Into FDA Recalls

A Dive Into FDA Recalls

In 2021 alone, FDA-regulated companies reported 427 recalls at the end of the year. On average,  1,279 drugs are recalled annually. Despite the abundance of recalls, it is not always a cut-and-dry process. Contrary to popular belief, the FDA cannot execute a drug...

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FDA 510 (k) Clearance

FDA 510 (k) Clearance

Many products in the United States receive market approval through the FDA’s 510(k) process. A 510(k) submission demonstrates to the FDA that a device is as safe and effective as a legally marketed device. This process applies to any company that wants to market in...

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Lyons Magnus Recalls 53 Contaminated Products

Lyons Magnus Recalls 53 Contaminated Products

The food and beverage manufacturer Lyons Magnus LLC issued a voluntary recall of 53 nutritional and beverage products following a potential microbacterial contamination. The company speculates that the contamination may stem from Cronobacter sakazakii, a germ usually...

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President Biden Signs PACT Act

President Biden Signs PACT Act

On August 10, 2022, President Biden signed into law the long-awaited Honoring our PACT Act which expands healthcare benefits for veterans. Late last month, some Republicans in the Senate voted against the bill, prompting criticism and dismay in veterans, advocacy...

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Banana Boat Products Recalled Over Benzene

Banana Boat Products Recalled Over Benzene

On July 29, 2022, Edgewell Personal Care Company issued a voluntary nationwide recall of three batches of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 due to trace amounts of benzene. Edgewell is the parent company of the popular sunscreen brand Banana Boat...

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Judge Approves $45 Million Roundup Settlement

Judge Approves $45 Million Roundup Settlement

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria recently approved a $45 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Monsanto. This settlement resolves a false advertising case that differs from the thousands of Roundup cancer lawsuits currently pending under MDL-2741....

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Senate Blocks Camp Lejeune Bill

Senate Blocks Camp Lejeune Bill

In a surprising turn of events, Republicans in the US Senate blocked the Honoring Our PACT Act, which would expand and improve healthcare for millions of US military veterans. This legislation would provide nearly 3.5 million veterans access to healthcare for exposure...

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3M Proposes $1 Billion Trust for Earplug Victims

3M Proposes $1 Billion Trust for Earplug Victims

The 3M Company announced that it intends to create a $1 billion trust to settle the remaining 3M earplug lawsuits. This announcement comes nearly four years after the 3M earplugs multi-district litigation began. Since its conception in 2018, the federal MDL has become...

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Glyphosate Found in 80% of American Urine Samples

Glyphosate Found in 80% of American Urine Samples

A recent study conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found glyphosate in roughly 80% of urine samples from U.S. adults and children. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a unit of the Centers for Disease Control and...

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Southern Baptist Sexual Abuse

Southern Baptist Sexual Abuse

In May 2022, Guidepost Solutions, an independent firm, released a report detailing sexual abuse by the Southern Baptist Church (SBC), the largest Protestant denomination in the United States. The SBC became aware of widespread sexual abuse that took place over two...

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States Settle with Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

States Settle with Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Prescriptions for opioids skyrocketed in the 1990s as pharmaceutical companies maintained that patients would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers. Healthcare providers prescribed opioids in massive doses, leading to abuse of both prescription and...

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Paraquat Litigation: Federal Judge Allows Claims to Proceed

Paraquat Litigation: Federal Judge Allows Claims to Proceed

Paraquat is a toxic herbicide that has been linked to a variety of harmful conditions, most notably Parkinson’s disease. Farmers, agricultural workers, and those who live near industrial farms are most at risk of developing this neurodegenerative condition. Paraquat...

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3M Earplugs Class Action Settlement

3M Earplugs Class Action Settlement

Military personnel frequently experience significant hearing damage and loss, including tinnitus, due to explosive sounds in combat. They are routinely given special earplugs to help protect their hearing from loud noises that result from explosions and gunfire....

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Opioids: The Mass Tort of the Decade

Opioids: The Mass Tort of the Decade

Daily, there is something in the news regarding the opioid epidemic that the U.S. is facing. For years this has been a growing issue, affecting thousands of people. But who is to blame? There are multiple lawsuits for several reasons against companies the public...

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Cool Sculpting: Weight Loss or Worry?

Cool Sculpting: Weight Loss or Worry?

You have probably seen advertisements for the popular “non-surgical”, “no exercise”, “no diet” weight loss procedure called CoolSculpting. But is it safe? When CoolSculpting came out in 2005, it was all the rage in weight loss at the time it was released....

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CPAP and BiPAP: New Mass Tort?

CPAP and BiPAP: New Mass Tort?

Many patients with breathing issues use CPAP and BiPAP ventilators to treat their illnesses. But on June 30th, 2021, the U.S. FDA issued an alert to the public that the Philips Respironics BiPAP and CPAP ventilators have been recalled due to potential health risks....

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Surgical Staples Allegedly Causing More Harm Than Good

Surgical Staples Allegedly Causing More Harm Than Good

Surgical staples are medical staples doctors and surgeons use to close wounds after a surgical procedure has been performed. But are they safe? Read on to find out how many are claiming surgical staples caused them extreme harm and further medical complications. What...

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The FDA Issues Recall of Weight Loss Drug Belviq

The FDA Issues Recall of Weight Loss Drug Belviq

Belviq and Belviq XR, is a popular weight-loss drug that doctors prescribe to aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and reduce the risk of a shortened lifespan due to weight-related issues. After years of use,...

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Paraquat: More Harmful than Roundup?

Paraquat: More Harmful than Roundup?

This year, 2021, is turning out to be a big year for mass tort cases. A potential mass tort is rapidly developing this year and could be more dangerous than Roundup. Paraquat is known to be harmful to people and can potentially cause serious health issues. Read on to...

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Mass Tort Cases to Watch in 2021

Mass Tort Cases to Watch in 2021

Mass tort cases are cases for individuals claiming injuries caused by defective products, bad drugs, defective medical devices, or other mass negligence perpetrated to a large group of people that could have been prevented. Additionally, we are in the first quarter of...

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Zantac Lawsuit Update

Zantac Lawsuit Update

Throughout the United States, many people are filing lawsuits against the makers of Zantac claiming they are the cause of serious complications, injuries, and even death. But how did this happen? Many studies indicate that the cause of cancer development is N-nitroso...

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PFAS: Are you Drinking Chemicals?

PFAS: Are you Drinking Chemicals?

It is now 2021 and protecting our environment is more important than ever. However, with all the work we have done to try to keep the ocean and earth clean with recycling, reducing plastic, and much more, what about our drinking water? PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl chemicals)...

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Truvada PrEP – More Harm Than Good?

Truvada PrEP – More Harm Than Good?

People have been taking Truvada Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for many years by people who do not have HIV but who are at extremely considerable risk of getting HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. However, people are claiming that taking Truvada...

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JET 7 Catheter Voluntarily Recalled by Penumbra

JET 7 Catheter Voluntarily Recalled by Penumbra

The US FDA has announced that Penumbra voluntarily recalled their JET 7 catheters. This recall is due to an increased risk of serious injuries and death in the patients using them. The device has been on the market since February 2020. Since Feb 2020, the FDA has...

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Hernia Mesh Ruled as Not a “Lifesaving Device”

Hernia Mesh Ruled as Not a “Lifesaving Device”

In a recent court ruling, hernia mesh manufacturer Bard was told they cannot claim their hernia mesh device as a “lifesaving device” in their upcoming trial scheduled for January 11, 2021. The judge who ruled this order claims Bard has no evidence to support their...

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Current J&J Talc Lawsuit Update

Current J&J Talc Lawsuit Update

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is a very well-known company that has been making and selling personal hygiene products and many other types of products for over 100 years. But in the last few years, many are filing lawsuits against them because of allegations that...

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PFAS Manufacturers Sued for Water Contamination

PFAS Manufacturers Sued for Water Contamination

While many studies are being conducted to prove that PFAS or Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are carcinogenic, the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) is filing a class-action lawsuit against multiple chemical manufactures for allegedly contaminating waters...

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FDA Finds NDMA in Diabetes Drug Metformin

FDA Finds NDMA in Diabetes Drug Metformin

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked five pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily recall their diabetes medication containing metformin. The FDA is requesting this voluntary recall because traces of a possible carcinogen has been found in some of...

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Bladder Drug Elmiron Allegedly Causing Vision Damage

Bladder Drug Elmiron Allegedly Causing Vision Damage

A popular prescription drug known as Elmiron has been treating people with bladder issues and pain for nearly 20 years. There are many people claiming that Elmiron is causing vision damage. Following the allegations, many people are filing lawsuits against the makers...

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Paragard IUD Removal Allegedly Causing Injuries

Paragard IUD Removal Allegedly Causing Injuries

There has been a lot of discussion in the media and between lawyers about the birth control device, Paragard. The Paragard IUD is allegedly causing many women injuries upon removal resulting in serious permanent injuries. Because of this, many people are filing...

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Bayer Accused Of Withholding Essure Compaints From FDA

Bayer Accused Of Withholding Essure Compaints From FDA

Bayer AG allegedly withheld thousands of injury complaints from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about their birth control device, Essure. Essure is a popular contraceptive device that thousands of women claim is causing them severe injuries and...

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Big Makeup Brands Moving Away from Talc in Products

Big Makeup Brands Moving Away from Talc in Products

There have been many claims that talc is the cause of ovarian cancer, mesothelioma, and other cancers. Many lawsuits have been filed against companies that sell talc-based products because they are possibly harmful. Because of this, large makeup brands like Chanel,...

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What are the Main Types of Product Liability Cases?

What are the Main Types of Product Liability Cases?

While many studies are being conducted to prove that PFAS or Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are carcinogenic, the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) is filing a class-action lawsuit against multiple chemical manufactures for allegedly contaminating waters...

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Teen Vaping: Was Juul Marketing Toward Children?

Teen Vaping: Was Juul Marketing Toward Children?

In recent years, Juul has been on the news and involved in lawsuits. Many people claim that Juul made their success by targeting teens and children in their advertising for their nicotine-based smoking devices. Juul came out in 2015 and claimed the product was a...

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FAQ About Mass Tort Lawsuits

FAQ About Mass Tort Lawsuits

What is a Mass Tort Case? A mass tort lawsuit, by definition, is a civil action involving numerous plaintiffs against one or a few defendants in state or federal court. Mass tort comes from the word “mass accidents”. When there is a large amount of suffering from...

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The New Face of Teen Vaping Epidemic: Disposable E-Cigs

The New Face of Teen Vaping Epidemic: Disposable E-Cigs

There is a new sheriff in town dominating the teen vaping world and it’s not the JUUL. In the United States, we have seen a rise in teen nicotine addiction since the e-cigarette came to the market. Teen vaping figures have had a 14% increase just in the past 3 years....

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Firefighting Foam Alleged to be Toxic

Firefighting Foam Alleged to be Toxic

For years, firefighters have used a special foam called Aqueous Film Forming Foam or AFFF to suppress Class A and Class B fires. AFFF cuts off the oxygen supply in fires and rapidly deplete them faster than traditional water. The military, firefighters, and even home...

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Defective 3M Military Earplugs Lawsuit: Do you Qualify?

Defective 3M Military Earplugs Lawsuit: Do you Qualify?

In 2003, the United States military purchased a line of earplugs from 3M that specially created to them to use in combat. The earplugs are known as the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, and they were designed with dual features for people to use during battle....

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10 Mass Tort Cases to Watch in 2020

10 Mass Tort Cases to Watch in 2020

A mass tort lawsuit is a civil action involving many plaintiffs with few defendants in state or federal court. Mass torts are very similar to class action cases. Both sue companies for injuries or illnesses that a lot of people experience from using the same...

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What is a Mass Tort Lawsuit?

What is a Mass Tort Lawsuit?

A mass tort lawsuit arises from an act of corporate negligence or misconduct that harms numerous people. These cases can be filed in state or federal court. There can be many kinds of mass tort cases—essentially, any situation in which one of a few defendants’...

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