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Federal District Court in Illinois Rules Bellwether Cases of Restaurants Suffering Financial Losses Due to Pandemic May Move Forward to Determine if Insurance Policies Apply; Defendant Insurance Company’s Summary Judgment Motion and Motion to Dismiss are Denied

A federal district court judge presiding over the Society Insurance Business Interruption Coverage MDL, which involves the potential applicability of insurance coverage for restaurants suffering financial losses due to COVID, ruled on Monday, February 22, 2021, that the cases may move forward in determining whether their insurance policies cover such losses. The Hon. Edmond E. Chang, U.S. District Court Judge of the Northern District of...
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Even More Cancer Discovered Near Sterigenics Plant in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

The sad story of the toxic Sterigenics plant in west suburban Willowbrook continues with the recent discovery of an increased amount of the cancer-causing chemical in the air near the sterilization facility. Since last August when news broke that air quality monitors detected high concentrations of ethylene oxide along with higher than expected cancer rates among people in those downwind residential neighborhoods, lawsuits have attempted...
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Clifford Law Offices Investigates Allegations of Heavy Metals in Champion Petfoods Premium-Priced Dog Food Products Sold Under the Brand Names of Orijen and Acana

Everyone knows their pet is priceless. And they are. Dogs, cats, birds and other pets become family members. How many stories have you heard in the news that when tragedy strikes, the pet's owner was able to save their pet from disaster. And many owners will spare no expense to make their furry or scaly friend comfortable for the unconditional love they receive in return....
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State Farm Agrees to Pay $250 Million to Settle Federal Lawsuit

Robert A. Clifford, co-lead counsel on the case, pictured with Kristofer Riddle, associate at the firm, who assisted on the matter. On Sept. 4, 2018, Plaintiffs and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company ("State Farm") announce they have reached a compromise agreement to resolve the Hale v. State Farm class action litigation pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois....
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Jury Finds Reckless Indifference of Johnson & Johnson and its Talc Supplier and Awards $80 Million in Punitive Damages for Selling Powder Containing Asbestos

  On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, a New Jersey state jury slammed Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier with combined punitive damages of $80 million after finding that the pharmaceutical giant acted with reckless indifference in selling asbestos-containing talcum powder that contributed to a man's development of mesothelioma. After awarding last week a $37 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and the company's French-based...
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