Multi-District Litigation (MDLs) are what are commonly called “class action” suits by non-lawyers. Each year, hundreds or thousands of cases can be filed that are consolidated into these MDLs to save the resources of the courts and litigants. They are particularly prevalent with products liability and complicated toxic torts. Often times, these cases result in serious or deadly diseases contracted by the users because of mistakes made in the design or manufacturing process.
Most people are familiar with MDLs from the number of commercials saturating your TV. Whether you call us, a national advertising firm, or someone else, it’s important to know your rights if you or a loved one have been a victim of dangerously defective products.
While the full list of MDLs can be found HERE, we wanted to let you know about two relatively recent MDLs that we are reviewing for clients.
Paraquat is a herbicide that was first put on market in 1962 under the name “Gramoxone.” By 2011, a link was discovered between prolonged paraquat exposure in the development of Parkinson’s disease. Most commonly, these cases are seen in farmers or farm workers who had long term exposure to the chemical. Litigation is ongoing to determine what the manufacturer(s) of paraquat knew about its dangers, when they knew it, and if they were negligent in their warnings to the end users.
Philips CPAP, bi-PAP, and ventilators
CPAP machines are commonly used to treat sleep apnea. In late 2021, various Philips devices were recalled. As information developed, it was discovered that foam used in the machines could result in users inhaling particulates that can cause serious health issues, including cancer. This litigation is still relatively young, but if you are using one of the recalled CPAP machines, you should find out what to do to keep yourself safe. If you’ve used one of the recalled products and have suffered serious health issues you may wish to reach out to see if there is a connection between the two.
We’ll be back soon when we see other new MDLs you should be made aware of. As always, feel free to call us or another attorney if you have any questions. Until then, stay safe out there.