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Significant or prolonged exposure to formaldehyde has been linked to a number of adverse health conditions and recent evidence has shown that it can increase the risk of cancer. In recent years, dangerously high levels of formaldehyde have been discovered in various consumer products which has prompted product liability lawsuits against companies like Lumber Liquidators and Johnson & Johnson. In this post, we will look at formaldehyde product liability lawsuits and their settlement value.

Formaldehyde Poisoning

Formaldehyde poisoning is a disorder caused by chronic exposure and inhalation of formaldehyde fumes (usually with occupational exposure).  Formaldehyde is a colorless chemical. However, it produces a strong, suffocating smell. Formaldehyde is commonly found in household products and materials used to make cabinets, furniture, and walls. Many people become exposed to the chemical through tools and equipment cleaned with it.

Victims of sexual abuse or a sexual assault can often get financial compensation for their pain and suffering by bringing a civil lawsuit against the abuser or the employer/organization that enabled the abuse to occur. Almost any type of criminal sexual conduct or unwanted sexual contact can form the basis for a sexual abuse or sexual assault lawsuit.


Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

The Assemblies of God recently settled a sexual assault lawsuit filed by a group of men who claimed that they were abused as children while participating in the Royal Rangers Christian youth program. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed. This case marks a continuing trend in which various religious organizations have had to settle lawsuits for clergy sex abuse occurring in one of their youth programs.


Thousands of product liability lawsuits have been filed in recent years involving defective hernia mesh implants made by several different companies. These hernia mesh lawsuits allege that mesh implants used in hernia repair surgeries were defective and caused patients to suffer major complications. The ongoing hernia mesh litigation involves numerous different mesh products from various companies that have been consolidated into 3 separate mass tort MDLs:

Surgimesh is another type of hernia mesh implant made from polypropylene plastic that is similar in design to the hernia mesh devices that have generated thousands of product liability lawsuits in recent years (e.g., Ethicon Physiomesh, Atrium C-Qur, etc.).

A recently filed product liability lawsuit in New Mexico alleges that the Surgimesh has the same dangerous design flaws as the other polypropylene hernia mesh implants. This new Surgimesh lawsuit could potentially be the first of many and open a new front in the hernia mesh mass tort ligation.

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This page is about settlement amounts in sex abuse lawsuits.  I talk about UCLA sex abuse settlement and then look at jury awards and settlement compensation in other sex abuse lawsuits.  Our sex abuse lawyers handle these cases in all 50 states.

UCLA Sex Abuse Settlement

On February 8, 2022, the University of California system announced that it would settle over 200 women’s sexual abuse claims for $243.6 million.  The average settlement amount was roughly $1 million.

Below are Washington settlement amounts and jury payouts for personal injury claims.

Washington Personal Injury Verdicts and Settlements

  • 2022, Washington: $1,850,000 Verdict. A pedestrian was struck at an intersection. She suffered a concussion, cerebral contusions, a right arm degloving injury, skin lacerations and tears, a right leg fracture, and a lacerated liver. The woman sustained post-traumatic stress disorder. She alleged that the at-fault driver’s negligence caused her injuries. The King County jury awarded $1,850,000.

Below are sample settlement amounts and jury payouts in Massachusetts personal injury accident and malpractice lawsuits.

Massachusetts Injury Verdicts and Settlements

  • 2021, Massachusetts: $106,000 Verdict. A woman danced on a tavern’s elevated dance platform. She fell from the platform. The woman tore her right ACL. She underwent an ACL reconstruction and physical therapy. The woman experienced residual pain and decreased knee mobility. She alleged negligence against the tavern. The woman claimed it failed to install fall prevention equipment, adequately light the premises, warn patrons of the hazard, and follow Massachusetts building codes. She received $106,000.

New research has revealed that cow-milk infant formulas can increase the risk of a deadly neonatal condition called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants.

This has prompted a growing number of lawsuits against the manufacturers of infant formulas Similac (Abbott Laboratories) and Enfamil (Mead Johnson) by parents of premature infants who were fed with formula and developed NEC. The lawsuits allege that Abbott and Mead negligently failed to warn parents and doctors about the NEC risk their products posed for preemies.

There are currently around 60 NEC infant formula lawsuits pending in both state and federal courts around the country, but hundreds and possibly thousands more are expected to be filed in the near future. This has prompted both Abbott and Mead to request that all NEC lawsuits in federal courts be consolidated into a new MDL. In this post, we will look at the MDL requests and speculate on the most likely venue and what it might mean for the NEC litigation moving forward.

If you have a power of attorney from your elderly parent or relative that lives in a nursing home, does that mean you can be held liable for nursing home bills? The answer is no, but nursing homes may try to go after you anyway.

In this post, we will explain the basic law regarding power of attorney grants and liability for nursing home bills.

Who is Responsible for Nursing Home Bills?

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