Environmental Contamination

Syngenta, the manufacturer of the commercial-strength pesticide paraquat, is seeing mounting legal troubles.

A new petition on March 25, filed on behalf of Paul Rakoczy, identifies 14 lawsuits in six federal judicial districts that link paraquat exposure to Parkinson’s disease diagnoses. This petition was submitted to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation with the intention of creating a multi-district litigation docket.

These lawsuits come at a time when there are increasing concerns about the use of paraquat.


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Recently, Stark & Stark’s Mass Tort team successfully argued for the reinstatement of two dozen previously dismissed wrongful death claims against Bristol-Myers Squibb.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Arpert ruled that federal toxic tort law preempts any limitations period in New Jersey’s Wrongful Death Act. Originally, it had been held that the time that plaintiffs

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has reportedly found dangerous levels of lead contamination at a Newark, New Jersey public housing playground next to an old smelter site.  The story gained national attention as regulators scrambled to investigate and remedy the contamination.  The report, published in USA Today, shows the tested soil contained 15 times

This lawsuit consists of hundreds of plaintiffs that have lived or worked for an extended period of time in close proximity to the 90-acre Bristol-Myers Squibb New Brunswick pharmaceutical plant (the “BMS Site”). See New Jersey Judiciary official website. The BMS Site has been an active pharmaceutical research, development and manufacturing facility since it