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Glyphosate Jury Awards Reduced In California

Glyphosate Jury Awards Reduced In California

Last week, California Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith reduced a $2 billion dollar verdict against Monsanto to $87 million dollars. The $2 billion dollar verdict was previously awarded to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, who both alleged that they developed non-Hodgkin...

Calm Before the Storm

Calm Before the Storm

In 2018, California was ravaged by multiple large-scale wildfires, killing more than 100 people and firefighters and resulting in more than $9 billion in damages paid by insurers.  The 2018 hurricane season produced 8 hurricanes, including two “major” (Cat 3, 4, or 5)...

John Gardella Publishes Cover Story in Claims Magazine

John Gardella Publishes Cover Story in Claims Magazine

In the May 2019 issue of Claims magazine, John Gardella authored an article regarding autonomous vehicles and their future impact on the insurance industry that was published as the cover story in the prestigious industry publication. A copy of the article can be...

EPA Releases New Asbestos Rule

EPA Releases New Asbestos Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) promulgated a new rule in April of 2019, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), requiring EPA review before any discontinued uses of asbestos can be reintroduced into the marketplace.  This new rule restricts...

Michaela Lancer Presents On Glyphosate For MDLA

Michaela Lancer Presents On Glyphosate For MDLA

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, Michaela Lancer and John Gardella spoke at a lunch event sponsored by the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association’s (MDLA) Toxic Torts Committee on the topic of glyphosate. The presentation was entitled “Glyphosate: Emerging Litigation...

$2 Billion In Damages Awarded In Glyphosate Trial

$2 Billion In Damages Awarded In Glyphosate Trial

The Pilliod Trial - $2 Billion Dollar Verdict On Monday, a California state jury rendered a $2.055 billion dollar verdict against Monsanto after finding that  glyphosate containing Roundup weed killer more likely than not was a significant contributing factor in...

Glyphosate Verdict Expected Soon

Glyphosate Verdict Expected Soon

EPA Statement Regarding Safety of Glyphosate Last week the EPA released its Glyphosate Proposed Interim Decision stating that it continues to find that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its label and that glyphosate is not...

Glyphosate State Court Trial Continues Through Week 4

Glyphosate State Court Trial Continues Through Week 4

Monsanto is fighting on multiple fronts against lawsuits alleging that its glyphosate-containing Roundup weed killer causes cancer. On trial in California, Monsanto has started presenting its defense after plaintiffs Alva and Alberta Plliod rested their case last...