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Bankruptcy Affords No Protection in GM Ignition Switch Lawsuits

By | Consumer protection, Uncategorized

GMAn appeals court ruled against GM in the car manufacturer’s attempt to avoid liability in GM ignition switch lawsuits. It may appear odd that GM would seek to be released from such cases where their liability is so clear. However, this all relates to their 2009 bankruptcy filing.

Bankruptcy

Out of GM’s bankruptcy process came a new entity, “New GM”. Claims filed against GM before bankruptcy were void in regards to New GM. This meant that New GM could avoid liability in ignition switch lawsuits targeting their pre-bankruptcy entity, “Old GM”.

However, the appeals court ruling essentially said, “Not so fast.

Due Process of Law

GM failed to mention defective ignition switches when filing for bankruptcy. This omission led the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals to conclude that GM deprived consumers of due process of law. As a result, consumers’ claims stand against New GM.

No Protection in Bankruptcy

The appeals court judges stated that “[i]f a debtor does not reveal claims that it is aware of, then bankruptcy law cannot protect it.”

GM now faces responsibility in 1000 ignition switch lawsuits that involve death or injury.

File a GM Ignition Switch Lawsuit

Ask an attorney at Carey Danis & Lowe about your case. During a free case evaluation, we can help you determine if filing a GM lawsuit is right for you and your family. Call 800.721.2519, or complete our confidential online form.

Class Action Employee Stock Ownership Program

By | Class Action, Consumer protection, Uncategorized

Carey Danis & Lowe Investigating Underpayment for Stock in Employee Stock Ownership Programs

Carey Danis & Lowe is currently conducting an investigation into the administration of certain Employee Stock Ownership Plans, or ESOPs in the State of Illinois and around the country. ESOPs are programs where employees of a company are provided company stock in connection with their employment, usually as a company-provided benefit or as a component of an employee’s compensation package.

Upon leaving the company, employees who participate in an ESOP plan are generally provided with the opportunity, or even required, to cash out whatever company stock they may have. We have been made aware of circumstances where an employee cashing out his or her ESOP stock may have been uncompensated, and are investigating whether those former employees are entitled to compensation.

If you are a former employee of a company with an ESOP and you would like to speak with an attorney to see if you may have a claim for damages, please contact James J. Rosemergy at Carey Danis & Lowe for a free, confidential case evaluation.

Farmers are Shunning GMO Crops

By | Consumer protection, GMO, Uncategorized

gmo_corn_class_action_lawsuitAs worrisome concerns increase about consuming and using genetically modified organisms (GMOs), farmers are turning to non-GMO seeds. There are several reasons for this transformation, most of which directly hit the farmer’s wallet.

  • When a GMO crop is planted next to a non-GMO crop, there’s a chance that the companion GMO herbicide will inadvertently hit the traditional crop. The accidental spray renders the harvest unable to be sold as a “traditional” or organic crop.
  • Corn and soybeans are usually fertilized through pollen in the air. When both kinds of crops are in the same vicinity, it’s next to impossible to prevent cross pollination. Once the non-GMO crop is contaminated with the genetically modified one, it can’t be sold as non-GMO. This creates hardships for the farmer because GMO grains go for a lower price in the market place.
  • Finally, famers have been noticing that newly resistant weeds are growing in the fields with GMO plants treated with partner herbicides. If the seed\chemical combination isn’t’ working, it doesn’t make sense to pay more for the GMO seeds.

Selling crops at a lower price than expected, or having crops rejected for containing genetically-modified material significantly impacts farmers’ livelihood.

Carey Danis & Lowe Represents U.S. Corn Growers

If you’ve lost income from cross contamination or cross pollination, our professional corn attorneys can help. Explore your legal options and compensation eligibility with one of our lawyers today.

Carey Danis & Lowe offers free, no-obligation legal reviews.

Share your GMO corn story with us. Call Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete one of our confidential claim forms.

We look forward to offering assistance to protect your livelihood.

 

GM Pays 900 Million to Settle Criminal Charges Related to its Defective Ignition Switch

By | Class Action, Consumer protection, Uncategorized

UntitledFamilies of those killed in car accidents resulting from GM’s faulty ignition switch have been waiting to hear how General Motors will be held accountable. Now they have their answer: a $900 million penalty.

This has caused severe disappointment for some because they feel that the settlement doesn’t go far enough. They want GM execs who covered up the flaw to be charged. A technicality with corporate law makes it difficult for federal prosecutors to go after individuals.

However, individuals may still be charged, but this type of case faces higher barriers than in other areas.

Internal GM employees knew about the defect for a decade, but they didn’t speak up and prevent the loss of human life.

Faulty ignition switches in these vehicle models, in a variety of years, have been recalled.

  • Buick: Lacrose, Lucerne
  • Cadillac: CTS, Deville, DTS, SRX
  • Chevrolet: Camaro, Cobalt, HHR, Impala, Malibu, Monte Carlo
  • Oldsmobile: Alero, Intrigue
  • Pontiac: GS, Grand AM, Grand Prix, Solstice
  • Saturn: Ion, Sky

Carey Danis & Lowe Fights Corporate Cover Ups

Carey Danis & Lowe is investigating claims that specific GM vehicles contain an ignition switch defect that causes the key to change to the accessory mode while driving, turning off the engine and most of the electrical components of the vehicle.

If you’ve been hurt in a crash involving a faulty GM ignition switch, you may qualify for a class action suit against the company to seek compensation on your behalf and the behalf of others.

Please contact Tiffany M. Yiatras or Casey Flynn, Jr. at 1-800-721-2519 or by filling in a personal injury form. We’re here to help you.

 

Over 20,000 GMO Corn Seed Lawsuits Filed by US Corn Famers

By | Consumer protection, GMO, Uncategorized

gmocornseedlawsuitIt all comes down to corn prices. During the season, you put in the long days, plenty of hard work, but the harvest’s success still comes down to corn prices.

For corn farmers across the US, 2013 was a challenging year. The Swiss biotechnology company, Syngenta, and their GMO corn seed, Agrisure Viptera, are what many corn farmers and those who work in the corn industry point to as the reason why 2013 brought so many challenges, chief among them financial troubles due to the severe drop in corn prices.

Prices took a plunge because of China, a major importer of US corn. However, in 2013, China refused to import GMO corn, in this case Agrisure Viptera, that they had not yet approved. US corn farmers were left with lots of corn and no one to buy it.

Seeking to recover their losses, US corn farmers are filing GMO corn seed lawsuits targeting Syngenta.

A primary claim is that Syngenta laid the foundation for financial troubles when they started selling their GMO corn seed to US corn growers without first getting approval from major trade partners, like China.

According to the Fulton Sun, a news outlet in Fulton, Missouri, corn prices plunged to $3.30 per bushel from $7 following China’s import rejection. The news outlet mentioned that nearly 400,000 US corn farmers felt the impact of the price decline, and more than 20,000 of these farmers have since filed lawsuits.

Large agricultural companies have also gotten involved in lawsuits. Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland have filed suits against Syngenta as well.

WE HELP US CORN FARMERS

With our headquarters in St. Louis, we are uniquely situated to help US corn farmers explore their legal options. Carey Danis & Lowe offers free case evaluations, so if you believe that you have a GMO corn seed lawsuit, you can reach our law offices by phone at 800.721.2519 for assistance.

Monsanto Woos Chemical Agricultural Company

By | Consumer protection, Monsanto, Uncategorized

gmocornseedlawsuitEarlier this summer, Monsanto twice offered to buy Syngenta for $45 million. Why would the US based chemical giant want to buy out its arch rival in Switzerland?

The answer doesn’t seem to lie in Syngenta’s global seed business.

Instead, it appears that Monsanto is preparing for the future by investing in chemistry to battle escalating plant resistance to its leading product, Roundup Weed Killer. Since the product is not working on some of the very weeds that it was designed to kill, the company is scrambling to find new chemicals to combat the resistance.

Syngenta and its chemical agriculture business may provide answers in developing new herbicide technologies.

Additionally, since grain production is high and grain prices are low, the greatest opportunity (i.e. profits) for ag suppliers will be chemicals, not seeds.

Chinese officials have refused to allow GMO crops into their country and South American farmers have refused GMO seeds. For these reasons, Monsanto is no doubt is looking for other options than genetically modified seeds that tolerate the harsh Roundup herbicide.

Other criticisms of the product include:

  • Seed contamination – it’s impossible to avoid cross pollination of GMO and non GMO seeds
  • Future Risks – Scientists don’t know what the true effect of GMOs is on the environment
  • Terminator Seeds – Since Roundup Ready seeds are sterile for second generation crops, farmers need to purchase seeds each year if they want to use Roundup.
  • Lawsuits – The chemical giant threatens to sue farmers whose crops contain Monsanto’s patented GMO technology. However, since cross pollination is unavoidable, the farmers have no control over the situation and may suffer devastating financial losses when overpowered by Monsanto’s’ corporate legal team.

 Carey Danis & Lowe can help.

If you have financial damages due to the above situations, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Our attorneys have extensive experience in representing the individual in corporate lawsuits.

For a free, no-obligation case evaluation, contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a personal injury claim form.

We look forward to offering you legal assistance.

Kansas Corn Farmers Feel Financial Strain from GMO Corn

By | Class Action, Consumer protection, GMO, Uncategorized

gmo_corn_class_action_lawsuitKansas corn farmers, and corn farmers across the U.S., are feeling financial strain. Farming brings its challenges, but they have been amplified by Syngenta. The Swiss biotech company developed and marketed a GMO corn seed that many say caused a huge drop in U.S. corn prices.

According to a report by a Kansas news station, KSN, corn prices have dropped in recent years from $7 to a low of $3.50. Many U.S. corn farmers and others involved in the corn industry point to China as the reason for the dip.

What does China have to do with U.S. corn prices?

China is a major importer of U.S. corn.

The country refused to import Syngenta’s GMO corn, Agrisure Viptera, or MIR 162. At the time, China hadn’t approved the genetic modification. And because of their refusal, those involved in the U.S. corn industry were left without a major market for their product.

Carey Danis & Lowe can help you.

Our law firm currently represents U.S. corn farmers who’ve taken a financial hit from China’s refusal of Agrisure Viptera. With our headquarters in the heartland, we understand firsthand the importance that the corn industry plays in a healthy local economy.

Contact our law firm for a free legal consultation. We can guide you through your legal options, and determine if filing a GMO corn seed lawsuit is right for you.

Our phone number is 800.721.2519.

You can also discuss your case with one of our corn lawyers by completing a confidential claim form.

GMO Corn Seed Lawsuits on the Rise

By | Class Action, Consumer protection, GMO, Uncategorized

gI_118526_cdl-pr-122014-gmo-corn-seed-lawsuitsMore and more GMO corn seed lawsuits are being filed in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Kansas. In one month, the lawsuits targeting the biotech giant, Syngenta, climbed from 300 to almost 1,800. The big increase in GMO corn lawsuits indicates that U.S. corn farmers want to hold Syngenta accountable for their handling of the GMO corn seed, Agrisure Viptera.

These lawsuits assert that Syngenta sold GMO corn seeds that were disapproved by a major U.S. trading partner―China. These U.S. corn farmers were set up for failure, planting, growing and harvesting a crop for which there was no buyer.

According to a court document, Syngenta received warnings from corn industry insiders. These warnings expressed concern about Syngenta selling Agrisure Viptera to U.S. corn farmers without first seeking approval from China.

The corn industry insiders warned that there could be serious economic repercussions for U.S. corn farmers if Syngenta began selling Agrisure Viptera.

Clearly, Syngenta ignored these warnings.

Our corn lawyers can help you recover losses.

Carey Danis & Lowe is a law firm with headquarters in St. Louis. Our corn lawyers understand how so many Midwestern towns depend upon a successful corn growing season. That is why our law firm works tirelessly to recover losses for U.S. corn farmers.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe for a free case evaluation. One of our corn lawyers can discuss your case, analyze your compensation eligibility, and if applicable, guide you through the process of filing a GMO corn seed lawsuit.

You can reach Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

U.S. Farmers Suffer $1 Billion in Losses from Disrupted Corn Trade with China

By | Consumer protection, GMO, Product Liability, Uncategorized

gI_118526_cdl-pr-122014-gmo-corn-seed-lawsuitsIowa farmers continue to suffer financial losses as a result of China’s import ban on Syngenta GMO corn. Though China began accepting U.S.-grown GMO corn products in December 2014, the farming industry continues to feel the impact of the trade disruption.

According to The Gazette, an Iowa newspaper, China is no longer the top importer of U.S. corn products, since the country banned imports of GMO corn products grown using a corn seed developed by Syngenta.

Also, one Iowa farmer was quoted by the Iowa newspaper as saying that the drop in corn prices is related to disrupted trade with China.

Without a stable foreign market to sell to, a drop in corn prices was inevitable.

The per bushel price of corn fell considerably from July to October 2013, from $6.79 per bushel to $4.63.

The Gazette article mentioned that financial losses suffered by U.S. farmers as a result of the decline in the per bushel price could be around $1 billion. This estimate comes from the National Grain and Feed Association.

Iowa farmers, and U.S. corn growers across the U.S., continue to be impacted by China’s import ban on Syngenta GMO corn. With the growing season ramping up, many are hoping for a better year.

Carey Danis & Lowe represents U.S. corn farmers.

Carey Danis & Lowe is a St. Louis law firm that currently represents U.S. corn farmers who have suffered financial losses as a result of GMO corn. Our team of experienced corn lawyers work tirelessly for our clients to recover any and all losses.

If you are a U.S. corn farmer or exporter who took a financial hit as a result of GMO corn―whether through the Syngenta ban or through cross-pollination―we can help you. Our law firm offers free case evaluations, during which we guide you through your legal options and compensation eligibility. And if appropriate, we can help you file a GMO corn seed lawsuit.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe today for your free case evaluation. You can reach our law offices by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential claim form.

Another Testosterone Gel Lawsuit

By | Consumer protection, Pharmaceutical litigation, Testosterone, Uncategorized

testosteronegellawsuitDaniel R. simply wanted to improve the quality of his life by using AndroGel, a testosterone replacement product. What he received instead was heart problems requiring cardiac catheterization and insertion of a stent.

The Lawsuit

Plaintiff Daniel R. and his lawyers contend that pain and permanent injury were caused by AndroGel. Their April 2015 lawsuit says the gel’s maker, Abbott Labs, knew of the product’s defective and unreasonably dangerous nature. However, the drug manufacturer continued to market and distribute the gel to maximize profits at the expense of the public’s safety.

Daniel R. and other patients use AndroGel to counteract the effects of low testosterone (Low T), namely: a weakening in playing sports, falling asleep after dinner and being irritable.

Abbott Labs needs to be held accountable for its negligent disregard of the harm caused by AndroGel. Had Daniel R. known of the risks associated with the gel, he would not have used it.

The plaintiff states that the warnings given by Abbott Labs were not accurate and were ambiguous. In addition, the drug manufacturer’s warnings failed to properly warn physicians about the risks associated with AndroGel. These risks range from life threatening cardiac events to debilitating strokes.

Carey Danis & Lowe Can Help You

As a St. Louis law firm specializing in pharmaceutical product liability, Carey Danis & Lowe is uniquely qualified to help people injured from using testosterone gel therapies.

Our personal injury lawyers are available to offer legal advice during a free, no-obligation consultation.

If you’ve suffered harm from using a testosterone gel, you may be eligible for compensation. Call Carey Danis & Lowe today at 800.721.2519 or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.