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Third Roundup Cancer Trial Begins on March 25 in Oakland, California

Share This Item March 8, 2019 – Oakland, California – –The trial of Pilliod v. Monsanto Company (now Bayer) begins with jury selection on Monday, March 25, 2019, in Superior Court of California for the County of Alameda before Judge Winifred Smith. Attorneys for the plaintiffs anticipate the trial will last about a month. Pilliod v. Monsanto is the first case in the California Roundup Judicial Council Coordination Proceedings (JCCP) and the third Roundup cancer case to proceed to trial. More than 250 Roundup cancer cases are consolidated before Judge Smith as part of the California Roundup JCCP. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The first case to proceed to trial, Dewayne “Lee” Johnson v. Monsanto Co., resulted in a $289 million jury verdict in August, 2018, which the presiding judge later reduced to $78.5 million….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Monsanto Motion Denied for Summary Judgment in Roundup Cancer Cases

Share This Item March 7, 2019 – San Francisco, California – – The federal judge overseeing the federal Monsanto Roundup cancer multidistrict litigation (MDL) denied Monsanto’s motion for summary judgment on non-causation grounds, finding that the plaintiffs’ claims in three bellwether cases are backed by sufficient evidence and are not preempted. Hundreds of Roundup cancer cases are pending in the Monsanto Roundup MDL, all alleging that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicides caused plaintiffs to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and that Monsanto failed to warn consumers of the dangerous health risks. Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria decided on three bellwether cases from the MDL to proceed to trial. The three cases, which will set the stage for future litigation, include: Hardeman v. Monsanto Co. et al., 3:16-cv-00525 (currently in progress) Stevick v. Monsanto Co., et al.,….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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The Boeing 737 Max 8 Controversy Explained

The Boeing 737 The Boeing 737 was originally intended for short haul flights to short runways.  One of the 737’s unique design features was that the engines were mounted on the underside of the wing, instead of in front of the wings on struts and pylons. Engine Under WingMounting the engines hard up against the wing decreased drag, reduced weight, improved the aircraft’s center of gravity, made the cabin quieter, increased usable cabin space, and made the engines more accessible for maintenance.   In addition, the under-wing engines just plain looked good. Introduced in 1967, the Boeing 737 was an immediate hit.  It eventually became the best-selling commercial aircraft in history. The Type Rating  Before flying a jet, a pilot must have a license – or “type rating” – for that particular type of aircraft.  That means a 747 pilot cannot fly a 737 without first obtaining a 737 type rating. Obtaining a type….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Additional NCAA TBI Lawsuits Filed by Former College Athletes

Share This Item The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) faces more lawsuits, alleging it failed to protect athletes from brain injuries while they played football. Included in the new lawsuits is a proposed class action, filed by a former player for Wilkes University, and a lawsuit filed by a former Notre Dame player. The NCAA already faced numerous brain injury lawsuits and reached a proposed settlement to address claims, though some groups have objected to that settlement. More athletes—both professional and amateur—are coming forward with their allegations that their time playing sports resulted in life-threatening brain trauma. Brain Injury Lawsuit Filed Against NCAA and Wilkes University  In the late 1990s, Victor Pacchioni played linebacker and defensive end at Wilkes University. He recently filed a lawsuit alleging concussions he sustained during his time playing in the university’s football program resulted….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Atlas Air Flight 3591: Looking to EgyptAir Crash for Answers

EgyptAir Flight 990 departed JFK for Cairo. After reaching cruise altitude near Nantucket, it suddenly pitched down and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. There was no apparent reason for the crash. The NTSB ultimately concluded that the cause of the crash was the co-pilot’s “intentional actions.” Specifically, the pilot suddenly pushed the yoke forward and held it there, killing all 217 aboard. The Egyptian government disagreed with the NTSB’s conclusion, instead blaming the crash on a defect in the design of the 767’s elevator system. Boeing knew that if certain rivets in the elevator’s bellcranks fail, the elevator can jam, causing the aircraft to pitch down and become uncontrollable. Instead of requiring that the airlines replace the suspect rivets with more reliable fasteners, Boeing told the airlines to simply inspect the rivets more regularly. But Boeing knew even before the crash of Flight 990 that the inspection protocol was not….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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