Illinois Lawyer Blog

Roundup releases new no-spray "Precision Gel" - after study released saying key ingredient is likely carcinogenic.

Talk about curious timing. Just last week I wrote about some disturbing allegations arising out lawsuits that have been filed against Monsanto the manufacturer of Roundup, the popular pesticide.  The lawsuits started not long after the International Agency for Research on Cancer[IARC] released its findings in 2015 stating that glyphosate, a key ingredient in… Read More
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Categories: CASES IN THE NEWS

Hurt on the job while hooping? Might be a Workers Comp case.

Great decision out of the First District Appellate Court last year on an interesting Workers Comp issue.  In Calumet Sch. Dist #132 v Ill. Workers’ Comp. Comm,  Jonathan Jordan[ironic this guy was named Jordan]  was a science teacher at Calumet Middle School.  Teachers at that that school were expected to attend and participate in afterschool activ… Read More
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Disturbing allegations as lawsuits pile up alleging Roundup causes cancer.

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer[IARC] a part of the World Health Organization, published its findings after looking into the carcinogenicity of five common pesticides. One of the pesticides examined – glyphosate – is a primary ingredient in Roundup – a pesticide made by Monsanto that anyone with a garden knows about… Read More
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Categories: CASES IN THE NEWS

Johnson & Johnson crushed with $110 million dollar verdict in baby powder case.

  This case flew under the radar given the daily onslaught of heretofore unprecedented political shenanigans.  About a week ago a St. Louis jury awarded $110.5 million dollars to a 62 year old woman who claimed that her use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused her to develop cancer.  Louis Slemp, a 62 year old woman from Wise, Virginia, blamed h… Read More
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Injured Illinois bar patrons aren't limited exclusively to Dramshop recovery.

  If you do personal injury work, it is a given that at some point you will get a call from someone who got the tar beat out of him after a confrontation with a belligerent, drunken patron at some bar. What theories of recovery do you pursue?  Sure, you have the Illinois Dramshop Act, 235 ILCS 5/6-21, as one avenue of recovery.  But Dramshop cases have… Read More
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Another mold-related death alleged at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

    Back in February I had a post on the unnerving allegations pertaining to five allegedly mold-related deaths at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center[UPMC].  Just recently yet another wrongful death lawsuit has been filed, claiming the linens used by the UPMC caused the death of a leukemia patient.  The lawsuit, filed of behalf of Katheri… Read More
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Takata lied about its defective airbags. And people died.

    The web is busting with stories on the Takata airbag mess.    By way of background, Takata, is a Japanese company that supplies airbags to several US car manufacturers.  Former Takata engineers have indicated that years ago, cost factors compelled the company to turn to a less expensive propellant for use it its airbags.  The propellant trig… Read More
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Chicago Bears pushing Illinois Senate Bill that dramatically cuts players WC benefits.

  There were some fireworks a week or so ago when the President of the NFL Players Association[“NFLPA”]DeMaurice Smith went after the Chicago Bears for the club’s support of Senate Bill 12 SA #2.  The bill would have a huge impact on Workers’ Comp benefits paid out to injured athletes.  12 SA #2  is sponsored by Christine Radog… Read More
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Multiple Deaths at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center possibly related to mold growth or ventilation.

    As reported at CNN.Com, there are some strange and tragic things going on at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center[“UPMC”].  Since October, 2014, there have been five deaths that were initially attributed to heavy mold growth on linens at UPMC hospitals.  The problems seems particularly prevalent in the transplant unit –… Read More
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Mead Johnson facing whistleblower lawsuit over baby formula.

    As reported in Crains Chicago Business, Mead Johnson[“MJ”] a baby formula manufacturer headquartered in Illinois, is being sued for allegedly downplaying concerns about spoiled formula.  Linda O’Risky, a longtime employee of the company, filed the lawsuit in federal court last week.  O’Risky was the Global Product Comp… Read More
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