Ainbinder & Pratt's latest updates and commentary on workers compensation, personal injury and car accident legal issues.

Xarelto Settles 25,000 Cases for $775M

The makers of the blood-thinning drug Xarelto, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, have agreed to settle the 25,000 consolidated cases against them for $775 million. The massive mass tort settlement resolved the cases by creating a fund that the individual plaintiffs in each...

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Jury Orders Monsanto to Pay $80M in Roundup Cancer Case

Last week, a California jury determined Monsanto's popular Roundup weed killer was a "substantial factor" in causing a longtime customer's non-Hodgkin lymphoma. What was left to figure out was how culpable the company was in creating a dangerous product and failing to...

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With yesterday’s release of a report by California State Auditor Elaine Howle, lingering questions have now been answered about the 2018 sudden departure of Christine Baker from her post as Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations. Howle’s report...

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Jury Rules Roundup a Substantial Factor in Man’s Cancer

Scientists can't seem to agree on glyphosate. The popular weed-killer ingredient was deemed "probably carcinogenic" by the World Health Organization in 2015, but the EPA in 2017 said it was "not likely to be carcinogenic to humans." And then a new study suggests...

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How has the law been developing on the “violent act” exception to California Labor Code 4660.1(c)(1)? That’s an issue I had occasion to look at recently as I prepared for a presentation on a panel with defense attorney Jake Jacobsmeyer at the yearly Montarbo Seminar...

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Can You Get Workers’ Comp for Being Mauled by a Rhino?

Working alongside 4,000-lb wild animals may seem like an inherently dangerous job. And wildlife lovers may not have a whole lot of sympathy for a zoo employee injured by an animal that has already tried to escape twice and should be roaming free in the grasslands of...

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Court: Sandy Hook Lawsuit Against Remington Can Proceed

In 2016, a Connecticut judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre against Remington, the manufacturer of the weapon used in the killings. But this week, the Connecticut Supreme Court revived part of the lawsuit, ruling...

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Former WCAB Commissioner Frank Brass passed away yesterday. Brass had been in declining health for several years and had quietly retired from the WCAB at the start of 2018. He was a great guy and a dedicated public servant during his time on the board. In case you...

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