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August 2018

Uber/Lyft Accidents
August 30, 2018

Uber Partners With Toyota to Deliver Self-Driving Cars by 2021

In a recent blog post, we wrote about reports suggesting Uber investors were growing weary of the quarterly losses from Uber's self-driving division. Uber has long-stated that its goal for self-driving is to be entirely self-reliant without needing to rely on partnerships. With the recent high-profile self-driving car accidents and increased public opinion, Uber has now abandoned its previous path…
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Uber/Lyft Accidents
August 30, 2018

Do Gig Economy Pressures Increase the Likelihood of Rideshare Crashes?

There is a myriad of factors that can factor into a car accident, with distracted driving and drunk driving often featuring as the most commonly discussed accident factors. For rideshare drivers operating under the pressures of the gig economy, however, a recent study now suggests that job fatigue and other gig economy pressures heighten accident risk. The Unique Pressures of…
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RoundUp Tort
August 26, 2018

Monsanto Denied Hearing to Challenge the Inclusion of Glyphosate on California’s Cancer List

In response to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) report in 2015 that deemed glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic", the state of California quickly responded by issuing a notice of intent to place glyphosate on its Proposition 65 list. This list, for reference, is a list of chemicals that are "known" to cause cancer…
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RoundUp Tort
August 26, 2018

Bayer Plans to Vigorously Defend Glyphosate As CEO Appears Unworried by Roundup Lawsuits

The legal landscape for Bayer has changed markedly in 2018, particularly since it has effectively inherited Monsanto's legal issues since acquiring the company in 2018. In particular, Bayer inherited what is now approximately 8,000 lawsuits arguing that Roundup causes cancer because it contains the glyphosate herbicide. This herbicide was deemed a likely carcinogen by the World Health Organization in 2015, and…
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RoundUp Tort
August 26, 2018

General Mills Latest to Face Glyphosate Lawsuit After the Herbicide Is Found in Cereals

After the landmark $289 million verdict by a San Francisco jury that awarded significant damages to a California groundskeeper arguing his cancer was caused by long-term use of Roundup weedkiller, much of the public health attention concerning glyphosate has been focused on the herbicide's presence in Roundup. And, indeed, the overwhelming majority of lawsuits arguing that glyphosate causes cancer do involve…
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RoundUp Tort
August 26, 2018

Bay Area Cities Choose to Ditch Roundup After $289M Cancer Ruling Against Monsanto

In early August, a San Francisco jury made the first decision among what are now thousands of Roundup lawsuits, choosing to award a former California groundskeeper $289 million in his lawsuit against Monsanto's Roundup. Mr. Johnson and thousands of others argue that Roundup causes cancer, and much of the attention in recent weeks has shifted toward the science concerning glyphosate (the herbicide…
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RoundUp Tort
August 26, 2018

Thousands of Roundup Lawsuits Filed After $289M Cancer Verdict

When a San Francisco jury delivered a $289 million verdict against Monsanto based on the plaintiff's assertion that Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, the decision came as welcome news for the thousands of cases that had already been filed in state and federal courts. These lawsuits made similar claims against Monsanto's Roundup product, which Monsanto has continued to deny. Now,…
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Opioid Litigation
August 22, 2018

Did Purdue Pharma Deceptively Market Prescription Painkillers? New York Latest State to Sue Over Opioid Epidemic

In August of 2018, New York state became the latest state to sue Purdue Pharma LP, the maker of OxyContin. Like other state lawsuits, the state of New York accused the opioid manufacturer of helping fuel the nationwide opioid epidemic that has killed thousands of Americans through deceptive marketing practices and "widespread" fraud, according to Reuters reporting. New York Argues…
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Opioid Litigation
August 22, 2018

The Legal Rights of Loved Ones Who Lost a Family Member to Opioid Addiction

It is estimated by the CDC that more than 70,000 opioid overdoses caused the death of opioid victims in 2017, a figure that makes opioid overdose a leading cause of death in the United States. According to additional data provided by the CDC, it is estimated that around 40 Americans die because of opioid overdose every day. These figures have…
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Opioid Litigation
August 22, 2018

Major California Cities and Counties Joining Legal Effort to Sue Opioid Makers and Distributors

In May of 2018, San Diego added its considerable influence to the list of what are now 30 California counties and counting that are filing federal lawsuits against America's largest opioid manufacturers and distributors. In the lawsuits, the general argument of these counties is that opioid corporations have used deceptive marketing that portrayed opioids as more safe and effective than they…
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