Bay Area jury awards $21.4M in cancer deaths of tire workers

A California jury awarded $21.4 million to the families of two brothers who died of cancer as a result of their exposure to the known cancer-causing chemical benzene. 

The families of Gary Eaves and his brother Randy Eaves filed a lawsuit against Union Oil which made the benzene-containing rubber solvent the brothers regularly worked with at their jobs in a tire manufacturing plant. The brothers were longtime employees of the plant and exposed to large amounts of benzene in their work. Gary was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in June of 2013 at the age of just 59. Randy was first diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in June of 2016 also at the age of 59.

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Hundreds File Claims Against Company in Wake of Texas Petrochemical Fire

A Houston-area petrochemical storage company that was heavily damaged by fire has received hundreds of compensation claims from residents seeking lost wages and other damages, a company executive said.

Brent Weber, a senior vice president for Intercontinental Terminals Company, told reporters that about 2,000 people have called an ITC claims hotline and another 300 submitted claims in writing. 

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Former Calif. police chief awarded $7M in gender discrimination lawsuit

Former Calif. police chief awarded $7M in gender discrimination lawsuit The former chief sued the city for discrimination, claiming she was fired because she was a woman Jaclyn Cosgrove Los Angeles Times BALDWIN PARK, Calif. — A jury awarded $7 million Tuesday to a former Baldwin Park police chief who sued the city for gender discrimination, harassment and retaliation, affirming that she was fired because she is a woman.

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Sackler Family Sued by New York Over Opioid Epidemic

The billionaire owners of Purdue Pharma LP were sued by New York state for allegedly triggering a U.S. addiction epidemic with their marketing of the Oxycontin painkiller, just two days after the company agreed to pay $270 million to settle similar claims by Oklahoma.

The amended complaint adds the embattled Sackler family to the state’s lawsuit against Purdue and its biggest competitors and distributors, including Johnson & Johnson and Cardinal Health Inc. New York says the defendants pushed doctors to issue prescriptions, lied about the risk of addiction and ignored red flags from suspicious pharmacies.

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Abused girl awarded $45.4M against LA social workers

A 15-year-old girl who endured sexual abuse as a child in her El Monte home at the hands of her mother and four men living with them was awarded $45.4 million Thursday in her lawsuit against Los Angeles County, which alleged two social workers had reasonable suspicions she was being molested but failed to inform authorities.

But although two DCFS social workers had reasonable suspicion the girl was being sexually abused because one of the male residents of her apartment had a past arrest record, they did not call the county hotline or notify El Monte police, Ring argued.

“They could have prevented this from happening — they should have prevented this from happening,” Ring said.

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Mid-Atlantic Sports Network Text Ads Class Action Settlement

Sports fans have secured a $2.5 million Mid-Atlantic Sports Network class action settlement, resolving claims that the company sent unwanted text ads in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. If you received a Mid-Atlantic Sports Network text ad from or on behalf of TCR Sports Broadcasting Holding on your mobile phone since Dec. 12, 2013, you could get cash from this settlement.

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New Jersey jury rules for Johnson & Johnson in talc-mesothelioma case

A jury on Wednesday decided Johnson & Johnson was not at fault in a lawsuit brought by a man who alleged that the company’s baby powder was contaminated with asbestos and caused his mesothelioma.

The trial was streamed live courtesy of Courtroom View Network.

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Surgical Mesh Lawsuit Awards and Settlements Approach $11 Billion

The majority of cases filed in the seven multidistrict litigations (MDLs) consolidated in the Southern District of West Virginia have now been resolved. At one point, that included more than 100,000 individual lawsuits. In the cases that have settled or reached a verdict after trial, roughly $7.25 billion has gone to plaintiffs to compensate them for their injuries, and another $3.75 billion will likely be awarded in the near future.

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SF jury awards $80M in Monsanto weed killer cancer case

For a second time in less than 8 months, a San Francisco jury awarded a local man a multi-million dollar decision after they found agrochemical giant Monsanto liable for causing his cancer after he used one of their weed killer products. 


On Wednesday afternoon jurors in San Francisco federal court decided to award Edward Hardeman $80 million dollars in damages. 

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US jury to determine liability, damages in Roundup cancer trial

A lawyer for a man who said his cancer was caused by Bayer AG's glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup on Tuesday urged U.S. jurors to "send a message" to the company by holding it liable and awarding millions in damages.

The case is only the second of more than 11,200 Roundup lawsuits to go to trial in the United States as litigation setbacks and a prior jury verdict against the company have sent Bayer shares plunging.


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Man paralyzed by deputy fights for $25 million

Dontrell Stephens, the man shot and paralyzed by a Palm Beach County deputy in 2013, will fight for $25 million in Tallahassee on Friday.

After a one day trial, attorneys appointed by the state legislature will decide whether or not to recommend the state tell PBSO to pay Stephens the millions of dollars a federal jury once awarded him. They could also recommend he receive nothing.

Dontrell Stephens has been confined to a wheelchair for 6 years.

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Lawsuit: Vanderbilt hospital operated on wrong kidney

A Tennessee woman says Vanderbilt University Medical Center operated on the wrong kidney during her surgery in what federal officials call a “never event.”

The Tennessean reports Carla Miller says the error damaged her urinary system and she now needs dialysis for life.

She's seeking more than $25 million in damages in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Vanderbilt officials declined comment to the newspaper.

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Family of Mentally Ill Woman Killed in Police Shooting Awarded $9M

The family of a mentally ill woman who was shot and killed by police responding to a report that she was threatening people with a knife was awarded $9 million by a Los Angeles jury.

Sinuon Pream, 37, was fatally shot Jan. 15, 2017, by Long Beach police, who found her pushing a shopping cart and waving a small knife near the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach. She refused repeated orders to drop the knife and approached officers, who first used a stun gun, according to police.

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OxyContin maker Purdue reaches $270 million settlement in Oklahoma opioid case: source

Purdue Pharma LP and members of the wealthy Sackler family that own the OxyContin maker have reached a $270 million settlement to resolve a lawsuit by the state of Oklahoma accusing the company of helping fuel an opioid abuse epidemic.

The settlement with Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is the first to result from a wave of recent lawsuits accusing Purdue of deceptively marketing painkillers. The deal came after Purdue lost a bid to delay a May 28 trial in the case, the first to be scheduled of around 2,000 lawsuits nationally.

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Fulton Jury Awards $43M to Man Shot, Robbed in CVS Parking Lot

A Fulton County jury delivered a post-apportioned award of almost $43 million to a man shot in a CVS parking lot where he had arranged to buy an iPad from another person a few days before Christmas in 2012.

James Carmichael, now 54, was shot several times and underwent a half-dozen surgeries at the Moreland Avenue pharmacy in southeast Atlanta where, his lawyers said, store workers had repeatedly expressed fears for their safety, and where an employee robbed at gunpoint just three weeks prior to the Dec. 20, 2012, shooting.

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