A weekly update on interesting numbers in product liability, class action and mass tort news from August 18–August 24. Published Fridays. 100% grated One of the many ways to interpret the label “100% grated Parmesan cheese,” an Illinois judge said Thursday. A proposed multidistrict litigation suit alleged that Wal-Mart, Kraft Heinz, Target and other cheese sellers and manufacturers were being misleading in the labeling of their cheese products. The lawsuit took particular issue with the inclusion of cellulose, or wood...Continue Reading
A California jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who said that she developed ovarian cancer after using their talcum powder products. This verdict is the largest yet in a string of cases accusing Johnson & Johnson of failing to warn consumers of the potential for use of talcum powder to cause ovarian cancer, exceeding large verdicts in past trials in Missouri. Eva Echeverria, 63, the plaintiff at the center of the case, said that...Continue Reading
A weekly update on interesting numbers in product liability, class action and mass tort news from August 11–August 17. Published Fridays. 3.1 million The number of acres of soybeans that are estimated to have been damaged by dicamba. Dicamba is a volatile herbicide that is prone to drift into other fields, so historically it has only been used outside the planting and growing season. In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of the herbicide on dicamba-resistant crops...Continue Reading
A weekly update on interesting numbers in product liability, class action and mass tort news from August 4–August 10. Published Fridays. 31 women The number of women Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon supposedly tested their pelvic mesh products on before bringing them to market. Late last week, the sixth case to go to trial in a mass tort program involving the medical devices began. The woman at the center of this case claims that the implanted mesh device eroded into her...Continue Reading
Monsanto has been twice accused of influencing studies on the safety of their herbicides this week. Bloomberg reported that emails released from inside the agribusiness industry giant showed that Monsanto officials had substantial influence over the content of so-called “independent” reviews of the cancer risk of Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide. Reuters also reported this week that Monsanto banned researchers from testing the volatility of their new formulation of dicamba, XtendiMax, a chemical whose drift is now linked to soybean damage...Continue Reading
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