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Federal Judge Certifies Class Action Against State Farm in $7.6 Billion+ "Dark Money" Action

An Illinois federal judge late Friday (Sept. 16, 2016) granted class certification to plaintiffs representing 4.7 million State Farm policyholders involved in a complex Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO") regarding an alleged scheme involving campaign contributions being poured into an Illinois Supreme Court justice's race to influence the reversal of a $1.05 billion decision. If successful, that could result in a more than $7.6 billion payout from State Farm for the class given the interest that has accrued.

Talc mining company named in ovarian cancer lawsuits

In recent years, some women who used CLO Talc September.jpgtalcum powder as part of their daily routine have developed ovarian cancer. Presently, more than 1000 women and surviving family members have filed suit against Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. In 2016, juries in Missouri ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million and $55 million respectively in cases involving long-time talc users who developed ovarian cancer. 

A new defendant in talcum powder litigation

While Johnson & Johnson is the sole defendant in most cases, another company will be joining Johnson & Johnson as a defendant in some of these cases. In early September, the U.S. subsidiary of Australian mining company Rio Tinto has been named along with Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit filed in Louisiana. This claim was filed on behalf of four women with ovarian cancer and the surviving family members of a woman who died of the disease. The plaintiffs claim that Luzenac America, Rio Tinto's American subsidiary, mined the talc that led to these women developing ovarian cancer.

$2 Million Verdict in Lake County, Indiana, for a Slip and Fall Case Against Restaurant

Robert Montgomery, a Chicago lawyer, along with Clifford Law Offices of Chicago as co-counsel, obtained a $2 million verdict for a man who fell and tore his rotator cuff four years ago at a Schereville, Indiana restaurant. 

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