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Bayer Risking It All for Monsanto Roundup

Bayer, Roundup, Monsanto

Bayer AG who owns Monsanto Corp is considering a unique legal strategy in light of a $2 billion dollar verdict that was recently awarded to the plaintiffs of a Roundup lawsuit (get more info on the Roundup Lawsuit Verdict here). The plaintiffs brought the case against Monsanto Roundup after both were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and claim Roundup caused their cancer.

Monsanto’s “Silver Bullet”

In what is known as the “silver bullet” defense, Bayer, owner of Monsanto Roundup, is reportedly planning to make an argument that this and other Roundup verdicts and lawsuits should be dismissed because “a U.S. regulatory agency said the herbicide is not a public health risk.”

This strategy gets its name from the idea that it is able to stop all other Roundup cancer claims from being considered.

A Risky Move by Bayer

Legal experts are doubting whether the strategy can work in appeals courts according to an article by Reuters.

Exposed to Roundup Weed Killer?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and have used Roundup please contact our office at (720)-263-7889 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our highly experienced Roundup attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on Roundup here for more information.

 

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Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: Are You At Risk?

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

There’s never a good time to be sick. Whether it’s a small cold or the flu, it’s not fun to have to take time off to rest and recover. However if you have persistent symptoms that don’t seem to go away after a couple weeks or months, it could be a sign of something more serious. Today’s blog post is going to look at the possible signs and symptoms of one form of cancer: Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or NHL.

What is NHL (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma)?

NHL is a form of cancer that develops within your lymphatic system or the system in your body that helps you fight off disease and illness. The cancer forms within a certain type of white blood cell known as lymphocytes.

What are the symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?

According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, symptoms that could suggest the presence of NHL are:

Painless yet swollen lymph nodes
Abdominal pain or swelling of the area
Chest pain, coughing, or breathing issues
Long term fatigue
Fever
Night Sweats
Rapid or unexplained weight loss

Causes of NHL?

Doctors are unsure of the exact reasons behind the development of NHL. Studies suggest that it may be due to a weakened immune system. The cancer produces an abnormal amount of lymphocytes that can start in either the B cells or T cells which are types of white blood cells that help your body fight off infection.

Who is at risk?

Some people may be at a higher risk for developing NHL if they:
Are exposed to chemicals in weed killer products (like Roundup)
Take medications that weaken your body’s ability to fight off infection
Have certain viruses or bacteria (such as HIV which weakens your immune system)
Are of older age (the risk for developing this type of cancer increases with age).

Diagnosed with NHL?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and have had exposure to Roundup contact our office at (720)-263-7889 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our highly experienced product liability attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on Roundup and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma here for more information.

 

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Roundup Claims Stand Now at 13,400

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Bayer AG, the company that now owns Monsanto Corp., has reported 13,400 filed Roundup claims against them involving the commercial herbicide.

Roundup Claims Hit New High

Since the company bought Monsanto last summer, legal issues have followed. A few weeks after the purchase of Monsanto was complete, the company was hit with a $289 million dollar verdict over a lawsuit filed by Dewayne Johnson a groundskeeper from California who has been diagnosed with terminal non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that was allegedly caused by Roundup (read more about his case here). Another $80 million dollar verdict in federal court was recently awarded to Edwin Hardeman (get more details on his case here).  

Uncertain Future

With the most recent verdict in the Roundup lawsuits being given out in favor of the plaintiffs – to the tune of $2 billion dollars, it remains to be seen how this verdict will continue to impact the thousands of other pending Roundup lawsuits. Bayer AG released a statement after the verdict was announced saying they would file an appeal.

An Monsanto-Sized Headache

 At a shareholders meeting in Germany, investors made their unhappiness known over the Monsanto deal by holding a no-confidence vote against Bayer AG CEO, Werner Baumann. Despite the backlash, the board of directors have decided to continue to put their faith in the CEO.

Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as a result of Monsanto Roundup?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another form of cancer as a result of using Roundup, contact our office at (720)-263-7889 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced Roundup attorneys. Do not wait, time is critical.

Please also visit our practice area page on Roundup Lawsuits here for more information.

Wrangling Weeds: To Pull or Spray?

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With the weather warming up and summer just around the corner, you may be thinking about getting outside and working on your garden. As any gardener will tell you, fighting weeds can be frustrating and time consuming. Here are some things to keep in mind before you decide to run out and grab the nearest weed killing product.

What Is It?

While many chemical herbicide products boast about their ability to take care of weeds fast, research is still ongoing about the impact these chemicals have on us as people and our environment. Glyphosate which is a popular herbicide was recently named to be a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Homemade Approach to Weeds

Using a homemade recipe such as vinegar and boiling water can save you money and can be more convenient as those are two ingredients you may have in your home already.

Keep Your Soil Healthy

Using an herbicide can often lead to the product being left over in the soil even after the weed has been taken care of. This can potentially affect how other non-weed plants are able to grow within the soil. While it can get scratchy at times, consider hand pulling weeds to keep your soil healthy and inviting for new plants.

Layering Up

If you decide to use an herbicide consider adding extra layers to protect yourself from coming into direct contact with the chemical on your skin. Working with a chemical product should always be used with caution and special care. Consider using the non-chemical options above so you can ditch the extra clothing and not worry about possible contamination.

Injured by Roundup?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of using Roundup contact our office at (720)-263-7889 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on Roundup here for more information.   

Breaking: Monsanto Hit With $2 Billion Dollar Verdict in Latest Roundup Trial

Monsanto

Monsanto Corp who is the company behind the herbicide product Roundup, has been slapped with a $2 billion dollar verdict after a jury found the product to be responsible for the diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in an elderly couple who are in their 70’s.

Less Than Two Days

It took less than two days for the jury to come to their decision according to an article by the San Francisco Chronicle. The jury awarded each individual (Alva and Alberta Pilliod) $1 billion dollars in punitive damages. Other damages were also given out for pain and suffering.

Paying Up

This is not the first time Monsanto (which is owned by parent pharmaceutical company Bayer AG) has been hit with large verdicts involving Roundup. Dewayne Johnson a California groundskeeper and Edwin Hardeman were each awarded $289 million dollars in state court and $80 million dollars in federal court respectively in their cases against Monsanto. Shareholders at a recent meeting voiced their displeasure with the Bayer AG CEO over his handling of purchasing Monsanto, noting they felt significant legal risks were overlooked with the Roundup product.

Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of using Roundup contact our office at (720)-263-7889 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our Roundup practice area page here for more information.   

Johnson & Johnson Denied Request to Move Cases

Johnson & Johnson

A U.S. federal judge has denied American company Johnson & Johnson’s request to move 2400 talc cases to federal court in Delaware.

A Portion of Responsibility

U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika from Wilmington, Delaware was the judge who denied the request stating that the company is partly to blame for the amount of cases and trying to create the sense of an emergency situation according to an article by Bloomberg News.

Hiding Behind Imerys Talc

She went on to say that Johnson & Johnson cannot use Imerys Talc filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a sign of an emergency situation (read more about that here). She also noted that Johnson & Johnson have not shown any signs of financial trouble.

Next Steps

Ms. Noreika must now decide whether to accept the cases within her own district. Other federal judges in California and New Jersey will decide soon whether to keep their own talc cases at the federal level or bring them back to state court.

Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer or Mesothelioma as a result of using Johnson & Johnson baby powder or other talc based product contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on Mesothelioma and Talcum Powder here for more information.

Talk With a Team Member: Andrea

How long have you worked at Boesen Law?

5 ½ months

Describe a fun memory/experience you have had since working here.

We had a free sign up for March Madness. Boy was it madness. I thought I was the winner the whole way through, until the final. Neither of my teams were in. Moral of my story… Don’t count your chicken’s (money) before they hatch.

What drew you to wanting to work in the legal field?

I had always loved watching all the legal TV shows. I was drawn to seeing people helped, supported, and listened to and having a client’s best interest as a primary goal. I knew those were values I had, so here I am. And I love it!

What do you like most about working in your position and why?

People come to us after serious car accidents, they are lost, don’t know how to handle the situation and most of all hurt. My heart aches to see our clients in pain. I love to spend time listening, encouraging and at times praying with them. I’ve been involved in motor vehicle accidents, have had chronic spine issues, so I can relate my experiences, which I believe lessons some of their fears, and gives some peace and hope to heal.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Spend time with my beautiful daughter. Sledding, hiking, Elitches Season Pass (water park), swimming, biking and most important, church on Sunday. She and I always go to service and then volunteer with the 0-2 year olds at the other 1 or 2 services we have at Summit Church.

Favorite Food, Favorite TV show/movie, Favorite Quote.

Food: Sushi, no doubt.

Favorite TV show/movie: Right now, Bull.

Favorite Quote: Live life, One day at a time.

Best piece of (general) advice received?

If your in a disagreement, as long as you address it with love, compassion and sincerity, you’ll have no regrets.

Car Crash In Stapleton Leaves One Dead

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A two car collision on May 8, 2019 near the Stapleton area has left one person dead.

Fatal Crash

According to ABC Denver 7 News, the crash occurred around noon near the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Fulton Street.

Investigation Underway

Police shut down the area in order to conduct an investigation. At this time, the cause of the crash is still unknown. Aside from the death of one individual no other injuries have been made known at this time.

Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on motor vehicle accidents here for more information.

Email Exchange shows Purdue Pharma’s Negative Outlook

Purdue Pharma

More evidence has come to light showcasing the negative attitude that the Sackler family demonstrated towards those struggling with opioid abuse.

Email Tells All

In Connecticut state court where a case has been brought against Purdue Pharma by the state attorney general over claims that the company chose to boost sales of their strong prescription painkiller OxyCotin, while downplaying concerns of its addictive qualities.

According to an article from ABC News, new evidence was shown in the form of an email exchange in 2001 from then CEO Richard Sackler, who made comments about those who had begun to abuse the prescription drug stating that they were in fact “victimizers” and not victims.

A Growing Trend

Since December 2018, multiple states have filed lawsuits against the pharmaceutical company. Just recently the company reached a $270 million dollar settlement agreement with the state of Oklahoma (read more about that deal here).

An Uncaring Attitude

This is not the first time Purdue Pharma has found itself in hot water over their comments regarding the opioid epidemic. In another lawsuit with the state of Massachusetts, emails from the company were also used as evidence to showcase how the company chose to pursue profits and continued to market the drug, even in the light of growing evidence of abuse by individuals.

Injured by OxyCotin?

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of using OxyCotin or another prescription drug contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on pharmaceutical drugs here for more information.

Semi Truck and RTD A Line Train Car Collide

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Aurora was the scene of a collision that involved a semi truck and a RTD University of Colorado A Line train car on Monday May 6, 2019.

Smith and Sable

The crash occurred at the intersection of E. Smith Road and S. Sable Boulevard where an RTD train crossing is present. According to ABC 7 News Denver, the crash occurred around 11 a.m.

Shut Down

The Aurora Police Department shut down the intersection for an “extended period of time” in order to begin investigating the cause of the crash. As of the writing of this post, the cause is still unknown at this time. Police advised travelers to avoid the area and use alternative routes, as well as having buses transport those who were riding on the affected A Line cars at the time of the incident.

Injured in a Trucking Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, please contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on trucking accidents here for more information.