Paraquat Lawsuits Consolidated into MDL in Illinois
In major news for plaintiffs claiming that exposure to Paraquat caused their Parkinson’s disease, Paraquat lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL).
On Monday, June 7th, 2021, the Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation in the Southern District of Illinois created new multidistrict litigation (MDL) for claims made against Paraquat manufacturers. The defendants include Chevron Corp. and Syngenta Group, the leading manufacturers of Paraquat brands in the United States.
This MDL is a huge step forward for plaintiffs who believe that Paraquat is to blame for severe health issues, including Parkinson’s disease.
The new Paraquat MDL will allow for a united front against Chevron and Syngenta, increasing the likelihood that these manufacturers will be held accountable for any damage their product has caused.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to Paraquat and later developed health issues, including Parkinson’s disease, you may qualify for a lawsuit. Call 1-800-525-7111 today to speak to one of our Paraquat lawsuit lawyers, who will review your case.
Why is There an MDL for Paraquat?
Popular weed killer Paraquat has been linked to an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease in multiple independent studies. Many people who have been exposed to Paraquat and later developed Parkinson’s disease and other neurological issues have come forward seeking compensation for their injuries from the manufacturers of Paraquat.
What is an MDL?
MDLs are typically used when many single claims from various locations are brought against a small number of defendants. They allow for cases from several courts to all be brought before a judge in a single court, who will preside over litigation during pre-trial and discovery. If the case does not settle during the MDL, the cases are transferred back to their local court.
In an MDL, cases are consolidated to expedite the legal process, but each plaintiff’s claim remains separate. MDLs are different from class action cases, in that the injuries suffered by plaintiffs in an MDL often significantly vary in type and severity.
What Does the Paraquat MDL Mean for Potential Plaintiffs?
The Paraquat MDL means that Paraquat lawsuits will potentially move much faster through the legal system, and a potential Paraquat settlement may happen sooner than previously anticipated.
Under a potential “global settlement” in the Paraquat MDL (by no means not a guaranteed outcome), plaintiffs would be awarded compensation after being grouped into “tiers” based on the severity of injuries, supporting evidence, and the unique facts and circumstances of the case.
“How Do I Qualify for a Paraquat Lawsuit?”
If you believe you have been exposed to Paraquat and later developed Parkinson’s disease, you may be entitled to compensation.
You may qualify for a Paraquat lawsuit if:
- You handled Paraquat professionally as a properly licensed applicator or handler OR you were exposed to Paraquat due to environmental exposure such as chemical drift, agricultural overspray, or groundwater contamination
- You were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
The parameters to qualify for a Paraquat lawsuit are quite stringent. To find out if you qualify, it is best to talk to an experienced lawyer with expertise in the Paraquat cases. Thankfully, at Riddle & Brantley, our Paraquat lawyers have the experience and expertise to review your case and tell you if you may be entitled to compensation.
Call 1-800-525-7111 today for a FREE consultation with one of our Paraquat lawsuit lawyers, who will carefully review your unique situation and determine whether you may qualify for a Paraquat lawsuit.
“Why Should I Hire Riddle & Brantley for My Paraquat Claim?
At Riddle & Brantley, we have over 220+ years of combined experience taking on negligent drug and chemical manufacturers and holding them accountable. Since 2000 alone, we’ve recovered more than $600 million in total compensation for victims of negligence (see disclaimer below).
Our focus is ensuring that you get the justice you deserve for your claim, which is why with us, you’ll never pay ANY attorney fees unless you receive compensation. Your job is to focus on healing — let us do the heavy lifting and navigate the complex legal system so you don’t have to.
Call us today at 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE consultation with one of our experienced Paraquat lawyers to see if you may qualify for a Paraquat lawsuit.
At Riddle & Brantley, we believe Justice Counts and we’re ready to help however we can.
Call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your claim.
*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.