Monthly Archives: August 2012

Jiffy Lube Agrees to Settle Text Spam Lawsuit for $47 Million

Consumers who were spammed with a text message from Jiffy Lube last year will soon reap the benefits of a class action lawsuit that was filed on their behalf. Jiffy Lube franchisee Heartland Automotive Service has agreed to pay $47 million to settle claims in the text spam lawsuit that the text message violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Alleges Drug’s Warnings Were Inadequate

A woman from Fresno, California who took the drug Actos for 8 years has filed suit in California Superior Court alleging the type 2 diabetes drug caused her to develop bladder cancer. The Plaintiff, who is being represented by Gilman Law LLP, a national law firm representing individuals with Actos injuries, continued taking Actos for two years after her bladder cancer diagnoses, and claims that Takeda Pharmaceuticals and other Defendants failed to provide adequate warnings about the drug’s life-threatening side effects.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Claims Gynecare Gynemesh Device is Defective

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit have been named in yet another transvaginal mesh lawsuit over complications allegedly caused by one of its transvaginal mesh products. In a complaint filed by Gilman Law LLP, a national law firm representing individuals with transvaginal mesh injuries, in New Jersey federal court, a Missouri woman alleges that the companies’ Gynecare Gynemesh transvaginal mesh device was defective and resulted in painful complications that forced her to undergo two additional surgeries to have the mesh removed.

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New Yaz Lawsuit Filed, as More Yaz and Yasmin Settlements Reported

A young woman from Wisconsin has filed a new Yaz side effect lawsuit against Bayer and other Defendants after suffering a type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis that was so severe she had to have her leg amputated. The Plaintiff, who is being represented by Gilman Law LLP, a national defective drug law firm representing individuals with Yaz injuries and Yasmin injuries, claims that her injury was caused by the Yaz birth control pill.

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Imprelis Tree Damage Lawsuits Mount with New Class Action in Minnesota

Property owners around the country continue to file lawsuits against DuPont over its tree-killing herbicide, Imprelis. Most recently, a Minnesota property owner represented by Gilman Law LLP, a national law firm assisting individuals with tree damage from Imprelis, filed a class action lawsuit in Minnesota federal court seeking compensation for amounts paid for lawn care services, the loss of trees, and other damages on behalf of Imprelis victims in Minnesota and throughout the U.S.

Imprelis Tree Damage Details

Example of Imprelis Tree Damage

Example of Imprelis Tree Damage

Imprelis is the brand name for aminocyclopyrachlor, an herbicide conditionally approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in August 2010. DuPont promised that Imprelis would provide professional landscapers with an environmentally safe way to kill unwanted broad leaf weeds, including dandelions, clovers, ground ivy, and wild violets. However, shortly after Imprelis became commercially available in the Spring of 2011, reports started coming in from Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Wisconsin, West Virginia and other states that trees located in proximity to Imprelis applications were either dead or dying. Most of the reports involved conifer trees, including Norway Spruce, white pine, white spruce, Colorado blue spruce, and described yellowing, browning, curling, and/or dieback of current-season growth. In the most severe cases, entire trees turned brown and began to loose their needles.

Both DuPont and the EPA launched investigations that summer, and on August 4, 2011, the EPA issued a Stop Sale & Removal Order to DuPont, effectively banning Imprelis. By the time the order was issued, DuPont had submitted more than 7,000 adverse incident reports to the EPA involving Imprelis.

How To Recover If You Have Imprelis Tree Damage

Thousands of property owners who lost valuable, mature landscape trees to Imprelis have since filed suit against DuPont in a consolidated litigation now underway in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania seeking compensation for their dead and dying trees. DuPont has also set up its own claims process, and set aside $225 million for those claims that have already been submitted. The New York Times recently reported that the payout under that program could ultimately reach $575 million. However, some property owners who filed for compensation through that program told the Times that they had grown frustrated with DuPont. Apparently the process has been rather slow thus far, and DuPont’s communication with claimants has left a lot to be desired. It should also be noted that claimants who do accept compensation through this program must permanently waive their right to sue DuPont.

Gilman Law LLP Can Assist You With An Imprelis Claim or Imprelis Lawsuit

The lead Plaintiff in the class action lawsuit filed by Gilman Law LLP sustained damage to several trees on his property since having Imprelis applied to his lawn last year. The complaint alleges that trees can absorb Imprelis through distant, unexposed roots. As such, exposure and damage cannot be prevented by avoiding direct contact between Imprelis and the trunk and/or leaves. The lawsuit further alleges that DuPont failed to warn users that if Imprelis is applied as directed, non-target vegetation will be killed or damaged by herbicide. As a result, property owners have suffered the loss of thousands, if not tens of thousands, of mature trees.

How To File A Claim for Imprelis Tree Damage

Gilman Law LLP is still offering free legal consultations to Imprelis victims nationwide, including tree farms, residential property owners, tree nurseries and forests, golf courses, composting sites, turf managers and professional landscapers, parks, schools, and college campuses. Anyone considering filing suit against DuPont should contact the firm immediately, before their state’s statute of limitations expires, or they may miss their chance for any recovery. Gilman Law LLP also urges property owners to seek legal advice before accepting any agreement from DuPont to ensure the offer is fair. Free consultations are available by completing our Free Imprelis Consultation Form, or call Toll Free at 1-888-252-0048.