Earlier this year, the Mercury News reported that 40 California residents are suing Monsanto, the company that manufactures Roundup, the popular weed and grass killer. The plaintiffs allege that their use of Roundup caused them to develop Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Often, a product that malfunctions or is manufactured incorrectly results in injury to one person or a small group of consumers. In some cases, however, a fault in a specific product line may pose a danger to large numbers of people. For example, car owners in Louisiana and across the country might suffer injuries due to a certain make and model of vehicles that contain manufacturer defects that could cause accidents or other mishaps.
All across the nation, mass tort cases are seen in court on the daily. This is because issues with faulty mass-produced products like toys, cars, appliances, or medication may affect large numbers of people. Mass torts can represent hundreds or even thousands of individuals who have been wronged by dangerous or defective products.
Toxic spills are often a double-edged sword, as such incidents can become hazardous to environments and residents alike. The number of toxic waste sites in Louisiana -- including the "dead sea" off the Gulf of Mexico and the tragic BP 2010 oil spill -- have raised concern for Louisiana residents and the United States as a whole.
Across the country, the term "class action lawsuits" are gaining more and more traction. However, there's another, similar term that you may not know of: mass torts. While these two actions share a lot of similarities, they also differ in very notable ways.
Many in Louisiana, and around the country, have heard about the Environmental Protection Agency rejecting their own scientific conclusions about the safety of a widely used pesticide. As the New York Times reports, the new head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, reversed a ban on the use chlorpyrifos. This chemical is used on over 40,000 farms in the country, but has been banned for household use since 2000.
The resolution of a class action lawsuit in Lake Charles can be a tedious process no matter what your level of involvement in the case may be. Hopefully, however, after all is said and done, a favorable ruling is issued and a settlement is awarded. Once that happens, it inevitable question then becomes “Now what?”
People in Lake Charles likely hear news of class action lawsuits quite frequently. Yet even with the publicity that such lawsuits generate, many may know little about them other than the fact that they are brought by multiple plaintiffs. This may lead some to mistakenly believe that any case involving more than one complainant qualifies as a class action lawsuit.
Patients in Louisiana who undergo surgical procedures assume their safety and well-being are top priority. However, in some cases patients have been gravely injured by surgical procedures, which can entail use of medical devices like duodenoscopes.
If you are a woman in Lake Charles who regularly uses talcum powder for personal hygiene, you might be alarmed by recent reports involving talc-based products and the risk of cancer. While these products are deemed safe by respective manufacturers, many women are still concerned about their lifetime usage of such products, and some have even filed lawsuits alleging that manufacturers were not forthcoming about possible risks.