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  • November 24, 2020

    Cancer Victim: Glyphosate Case Against Monsanto Should Be Remanded To Alabama

    SAN FRANCISCO — A cancer victim who is suing Monsanto Co. and an Alabama business alleging that they are liable for his injury filed a brief on Nov. 19 in California federal court, arguing that his case should be remanded to Alabama state court from the multidistrict litigation for In re Roundup Products Liability Litigation because Monsanto has “has failed to timely and persuasively meet its burden of establishing diversity jurisdiction” (In re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation [Phillip Mowry v Monsanto Company, et al.], No. 20-3356, MDL 2741, N.D. Calif.).

  • November 24, 2020

    Illinois, Contractors Settle Toxic Dust Case For $370,000

    CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Nov. 19 announced that his office had reached a $370,000 settlement with a group of developers over the release of toxic dust that the attorney general alleged contaminated a residential area when the developers demolished a smokestack at a former power generating station (People of Illinois, ex rel. Kwame Raoul v. Hilco Redevelopment LLC, et al., No. 2020-CH-4076, Ill. Cir., Cook Co., Chanc. Div.).

  • November 20, 2020

    Cancer Plaintiff:  Court Erred In Dismissing Case Against Mineral Spirits Supplier

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A couple on Sept. 22 filed its opening brief in Florida appeals court contending that a trial court erred when it granted summary judgment to a defendant in a chemical exposure cancer lawsuit because the company did not establish a factual dispute that the mineral spirits it provided to the husband’s workplace did not cause his illness (Robert Howell, et al. v. Sea Foam Sales Company, et al., No. 4D20-0838, Fla. App., 4th Dist.).

  • November 20, 2020

    3 Companies Say 7th Circuit Should Reverse Lead Paint Award Based On Wisconsin Law

    CHICAGO — Three companies against which plaintiffs won $700,000 for injuries from exposure to lead-based paint on Nov. 12 filed separate reply briefs in the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, arguing that the verdict should be reversed on grounds that the award is contrary to Wisconsin law (Glenn Burton, et al. v. Armstrong Containers Inc., et al., No. 20-1774, 7th Cir.).

  • November 20, 2020

    Groundwater Contamination Case Against Government Valid, Judge Says

    RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge in North Carolina on Nov. 10 denied the U.S. government’s motion to dismiss a groundwater contamination lawsuit, ruling that the claim is not barred by the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) or a North Carolina statute of repose because “there are simply no policy considerations” that can account for the U.S. Department of Navy’s failure to provide uncontaminated water at Camp Lejeune (Gregory Wayne Bunting v. United States, No. 19-67, E.D. N.C., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 210416).

  • November 20, 2020

    3rd Circuit: 3M Shareholder Case Related To PFAS Liability Belongs In Minnesota

    PHILADELPHIA — A panel of the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 18 ruled that a shareholder class action claiming that the 3M Co. and its officers concealed the truth about the company’s exposure to liability associated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in violation of federal securities laws belongs in Minnesota federal court because claims based on false statements or omissions arise in the district where they occurred (In re 3M Co., et al., No. 20-2864, 3rd Cir.).

  • November 20, 2020

    DuPont Entities Say They Never Made Chemical For Use In Aqueous Film Foam

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — DuPont de Nemours Inc. and an affiliated company on Nov. 16 moved in South Carolina federal court for leave to file a motion to dismiss in the multidistrict litigation for aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) and attached to the motion for leave a copy of the actual dismissal motion, in which they argue that all of the cases lack personal jurisdiction (In re: Aqueous Film Forming Foam Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 18-2873, D. S.C.).

  • November 19, 2020

    Bellwether Plaintiffs’ Roundup Case Not Filed In A Timely Manner, Monsanto Says

    SAN FRANCISCO — Monsanto Co. on Nov. 17 filed a brief in California federal court contending that one of the bellwether plaintiffs in the Roundup Products Liability Litigation multidistrict litigation should have his case dismissed because he had sufficient evidence to be on notice of a potential claim and the statute of limitations expired well before he filed his lawsuit (In re:  Roundup Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2741, N.D. Calif.).

  • November 18, 2020

    Judge: Issues Of Material Fact Exist In Chemical Exposure Case; Dismissal Denied

    NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge in Louisiana on Nov. 16 denied a motion to dismiss a chemical exposure lawsuit against a timber company and its contractor, ruling that there are genuine issues of material fact to be resolved with regard to the plaintiffs’ claims that the defendants were negligent (Dorothy Gail Collett, et al. v. Weyerhaeuser Company, et al., No. 19-11144, E.D. La., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 210481).

  • November 18, 2020

    Amended Flint Settlement Worth $641.25M Includes Payments By Added Parties

    FLINT, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Nov. 17 announced that an amended settlement of the litigation pertaining to the lead-contaminated water in the city of Flint worth $641.25 million, including payments by additional defendants, has been submitted to a Michigan federal court judge for approval (In re Flint Water Cases, No. 16-10444, E.D. Mich.).

  • November 17, 2020

    New Donziger Attorney: Right To Fair Trial Prejudiced, Case Should Be Reassigned

    NEW YORK — A new attorney for Steven R. Donziger, the attorney who won an $18.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. in a court in Ecuador for injuries only to have it reversed, on Nov. 16 sent a letter to the New York federal judge who assigned the criminal contempt case to a separate judge, and called for the reassignment of the case to yet a different judge on grounds that the district court has “gone well beyond inevitable commingling and made a series of decisions that fundamentally prejudice Mr. Donziger’s right to a fair trial” (United States v. Steven Donziger, Nos. 19-cr-561 and 11-691, S.D. N.Y.).

  • November 17, 2020

    Judge Denies Interlocutory Appeal, Says Jurisdictional Issues Will Be Addressed

    GEORGETOWN, Del.  — A state court judge in Delaware on Nov. 16 denied a chicken processing plant’s application for certification of an interlocutory appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court in a groundwater contamination case the plant argues was filed in the wrong court.  The judge said the defendants’ legitimate jurisdictional concerns will be addressed “in due course” (Gary and Anna-Marie Cuppels, et al. v. Mountaire Corporation, et al., No. S18C-06-009, Del. Super., Sussex Co.).

  • November 11, 2020

    New Jersey Agency Sues Solvay, Arkema Over Forever Chemicals Contamination

    WOODBURY, N.J. — The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and others sued Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC and Arkema Inc. in state court Nov. 10, alleging that the companies’ use of “forever chemicals” during operations at a West Deptford, N.J., site has resulted in contaminated drinking water and natural resources damages (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, et al. v. Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC, et al., No. GLO-L-1239-20, N.J. Super., Gloucester Co.).

  • November 10, 2020

    Donziger Criminal Contempt Trial Postponed To January Due To Video Platform Issues

    NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York on Nov. 7 delayed until January the criminal contempt trial of Steven R. Donziger, the attorney who won an $18.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. in a court in Ecuador for injuries only to have it reversed, after counsel for the United States consented to a motion to delay filed by Donziger’s attorney, who argued that the video platform the court planned to use for the trial was “unreliable” (United States v. Steven Donziger, Nos. 19-cr-561 and 11-691, S.D. N.Y.).

  • November 10, 2020

    Case Seeking Compensation For Tainted Groundwater Not Untimely, Judge Says

    HAMMOND, Ind. — A federal judge in Indiana on Nov. 6 denied a company’s motion to dismiss a groundwater contamination lawsuit under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), saying that the complaint seeking compensation was not untimely (Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority v. Honeywell International Inc., et al., No. 17-95, N.D. Ind., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 208183).

  • November 04, 2020

    Spokesman:  Bayer May Petition U.S. Supreme Court To Avoid Glyphosate Cancer Award

    SAN FRANCISCO — A spokesman for Bayer Corp., the parent company that owns Monsanto Co., on Nov. 3 said that following a California appellate panel’s issuance of remittitur in the glyphosate cancer case brought by DeWayne Johnson, who won $20,506,418.64 for his injuries, Monsanto is weighing the possibility of filing a petition for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court as part of the company’s opposition to the verdict (DeWayne Johnson v. Monsanto Co., Nos. A155940 and A156706, Calif. App., 1st Dist.).

  • November 04, 2020

    Bayer CEO Predicts Roundup Settlement To Cost $2B

    LEVERKUSEN, Germany — Bayer Corp. CEO Werner Baumann on Nov. 3 issued a statement related to the company’s release of its third-quarter earnings report in which he said the company expects that a settlement agreement to cover possible future claims related to the herbicide Roundup will cost Bayer $2 billion.  The company originally predicted that the settlement of those claims would cost $1.25 billion.

  • November 03, 2020

    Couple:  City’s Negligence, Fraud Resulted In Lead Poisoning In Drinking Water

    CHICAGO — Two Illinois residents filed a putative class action in Illinois federal court on Oct. 30 contending that they have been poisoned by lead in their drinking water and that the city in which they live is liable for violations of due process, negligence, fraud and other claims for its failure to implement proper corrosion controls to protect citizens (Jennifer Campbell, et al. v. Sycamore, No. 20-6476, N.D. Ill.).

  • October 30, 2020

    On Remand To The 4th Circuit, Groups Voluntarily Dismiss Drinking Water Case

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Environmental groups that sued a pipeline company for contamination of groundwater agreed Oct. 27 to voluntarily dismiss the lawsuit without providing an explanation after the U.S. Supreme Court remanded the case to the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for further consideration in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in a separate but related lawsuit. The voluntary dismissal precludes the groups from being reinstated at a later time (Upstate Forever, et al. v. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, et al., No. 17-1640, 4th Cir.).

  • October 30, 2020

    Roundup MDL Adds First Case From Puerto Rico; Total Now Up To 3,828 Lawsuits

    SAN FRANCISCO — The California federal court which is home to the multidistrict litigation (MDL) for Roundup Products Liability Litigation brought by individuals who allege that they have developed cancer from exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, on Oct. 28 added to the MDL the first case from Puerto Rico.  The total number of cases in the MDL now is 3,828 (In re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation [Rivera v. Monsanto], MDL No. 3741, No. 20-7552, N.D. Calif.).

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