Paraquat is a chemical herbicide that has been linked to Parkinson’s disease. The manufacturers are facing a growing number of lawsuits brought by people who were exposed to the chemical and later developed Parkinson’s Disease. This month, one of the first cases filed is set to go to trial in Illinois. The case is being closely watched as it will set the tone for future lawsuits.
In ongoing litigation, an attempt by Bayer, the manufacturer of Roundup, to resolve future cancer claims has been shot down by the U.S. District Judge overseeing the case. Bayer proposed to pay as much as $2 billion to resolve future claims, but the Judge said that Bayer’s proposal is “clearly unreasonable” to victims. The rejected settlement proposal represents a part of the broader $11.6 billion agreement to resolve ongoing Roundup lawsuits.
3M Military Earplugs
A federal jury in Florida recently decided that the 3M Company was liable for three former service members’ hearing loss and tinnitus. The jury determined that 3M knew their earplugs were defective yet concealed the defects from the U.S. military and allowed service members to suffer life-altering hearing damage. The jury awarded them more than $7 million in damages.