$289M Verdict for Roundup Cancer Victim

$289M Verdict for Roundup Cancer Victim

Sometimes we might stop and think about what we’re spraying on our lawns, or about the chemicals we must handle in our workplaces. Despite regulations, some workers are still exposed to hazardous materials on a regular basis. Cancer is sometimes the outcome after extended periods of time. Repeated exposure to Monsanto’s weedkiller, Roundup, and its active ingredient, glyphosate, has long been suspected of causing cancer. In early August of 2018, a California jury agreed with the case of a terminally-ill man suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, awarding him $289 million in damages for his prolonged exposure to glyphosate. Product liability cases, like the one involving Monsanto’s Roundup, can be extremely complex, requiring expert legal guidance that has your best interests in mind. If you or a loved one is suffering from a defective product, we encourage you to call the Baltimore Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler today for a free review of your case. The Case Starting in 2012, 46-year-old Dewayne (“Lee”) Johnson worked as a groundskeeper for the Benicia school district north of San Francisco, California. His job required him to spray Ranger Pro, a Monsanto weedkiller similar to Roundup, on school grounds, sometimes for hours at a time.[…..]

New Focus for Talcum Powder Cases

Talcum Powder

Two recent court cases involving Johnson & Johnson’s (J & J) baby powder have resulted in the awarding of damages to plaintiffs suffering from mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that generally affects certain cells lining the lungs and abdomen. The cancer is often caused by asbestos exposure and rarely appears without cause. During May 2018, jurors in California state court awarded a 68-year-old woman compensatory damages of $21.7 million for asbestos-related mesothelioma that she claims resulted from extremely heavy usage (two bottles a month) of J & J’s powder over decades. Earlier, in April 2018, New Jersey jurors in the company’s corporate hometown of New Brunswick found J & J liable for $117 million in damages. A 56-year-old man claimed that his asbestos-related mesothelioma was due to daily usage of the company’s talcum powder products since his birth in 1972. These two cases are game-changers when it comes to the dangers of talcum powder and cancer risk. Previous cases have focused on ovarian cancer and have not involved claims of asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powders. What is Mesothelioma? The cancer known as mesothelioma usually results from workplace exposure to asbestos that occurs over many years. The most[…..]

Examining a Potential Ban on Fire Retardants

Maryland Wood Stove Injury Lawyer

Heavily used for years in everything from household furniture to children’s products, cancer-causing flame retardants remain a significant safety threat. Government officials appear to finally be taking this threat seriously, as evidenced by recent action from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. This recent effort was spurred by a 2015 petition filed by several consumer advocacy and environmental groups. The more you know about dangerous flame retardants, the better you can protect yourself and your family — and the better equipped you’ll be to seek remuneration for related suffering you’ve already endured. Read on to learn more about the Commission’s efforts and why organohalogenated flame retardants are so dangerous. Hazards Presented By Flame Retardants Organohalogenated flame retardants (OFRs) are linked to a variety of serious health issues, including cancer, infertility, and developmental disorders. Research highlighted by the National Institute of Health indicates that, by mimicking certain hormones, select flame retardants may harm fetuses or young children. These flame retardants can also prompt early puberty. Unfortunately, flame retardants were essentially ubiquitous until quite recently, to the point that nearly all United States residents have measurable levels of the chemical in their blood. Regrettable Substitution Previous efforts attempted to limit the use of a[…..]

Inner Harbor Condo Won’t Face Mold Investigation

A penthouse owner at the Harborview, a Baltimore Inner Harbor high-rise condominium building, and his family say they were forced out of their penthouse by repeated leaks and mold problems, according to The Baltimore Sun. After an inquiry from a city councilwoman, however, the city panel that planned to investigate has dropped the case. The councilwoman called the panel asking if an investigation into mold at the Harborview would cause the property values to drop, which concerned her because she also owns a condominium there. She was also worried that the panel would not give the building’s managers the time to explain their side of the case. She says she did not ask the panel to drop the case. In early 2010, the Baltimore city mold inspector wrote several $200 mold citations to the condominium association’s president, one for each unit in which he found mold. The owners of those units say that the association is not taking adequate steps to remove the mold, while the association contends that the owners just want to badger the association into taking their units off their hands. Mold in homes and office buildings can pose a serious health hazard to those who live[…..]

Camp Lejeune: Exposure to Contaminated Drinking Water

In 1997, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry conducted a study on the potential health effects exposure to contaminated drinking water at the Marine base at Camp Lejeune, N.C. from the mid-1950s through the mid-1980s. The report, which concluded that exposure to contaminated water by adults is unlikely to cause cancer, has come under fire in recent years for failing to address the harmful effects of the poison benzene, which was found to have been in the water. On September 16, 2010, the oversight subcommittee of the House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee held a hearing to examine the effects of exposure and heard testimony from Marines who think their cancer is related to exposure at Camp Lejeune. US Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC), chair of the panel conducting the recent congressional hearings, has recently introduced legislation which, if passed, would establish a presumption that if service members were stationed at Camp Lejeune from the mid-1950s through the mid-1980s, they will be presumed to have been exposed to contaminated water. At this time, the congressional investigation is ongoing and the proposed legislation is still pending. We, at the Law Offices of Steven Heisler are very concerned about this[…..]