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Increase in Shingles Vaccination Despite Zostavax Lawsuits

Hopes were high when the FDA approved the use of Zostavax by Merck in the U.S. The single-dose vaccine licensed for use in healthy Americans age 60 and older seemed to ease the worry of those who would otherwise be devastated by the virus. But despite the hope the vaccine brought, its likelihood of causing several significant side effects, including shingles itself, blindness, and even death,...

Waters & Kraus Opposes Proposed Roundup Weed Killer Settlement

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National plaintiffs’ law firm, Waters & Kraus, LLP, joins almost 100 law firms in amicus brief opposing proposed settlement of future Roundup claims.

The prospective danger of the popular herbicide Roundup has been known for years. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said that glyphosate—which is the world’s most commonly...

Milestone Reached in Texas Online Voter Registration

(Forbes) 500,000 Texans Register to Vote in 5 Months Through New Online Registration.

A September court ruling allowing Texans to register to vote online when updating their driver’s license has now led over half a million to register to vote in the state, according to the advocacy group MOVE Texas—a milestone voting rights advocates hope will lead to...

EPA Urged to Use TSCA Authority on PFAS Maker The Chemours Co.

(Westlaw Today – Reuters) Enviros to EPA: Use novel power to get industry to pay for PFAS research.

Public health and environmental groups in a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court say the Environmental Protection Agency should utilize its untapped power under section 4 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to order a chemical company to subsidize...

Largest U.S. Refinery Releases Benzene Amid Hurricane Shutdown

In the early morning of August 27th, 2020, Hurricane Laura made landfall near the Texas-Louisiana coastline as a deadly Category 4 hurricane. After being declared the tenth-strongest U.S. hurricane by wind speed on record, it comes as no surprise that Laura has inflicted an estimated $14 billion in insured damages and caused the death of 77 people. Though the worst of the storm has passed,...

Honoring Black Women in Law: Black History Month 2021

In the United States, fewer than 5% of all lawyers are Black, according to a recent study conducted by Law360. An even smaller percentage of this group are Black women lawyers — a startling statistic given the historical legacy left by many women legal trailblazers of color. This year, in observance of Black History Month, we’re recognizing and celebrating the legacy left by some of the...

How Wildfires Can Expose Residents to Asbestos

For many years now, scientists have persistently confirmed that climate change is bound to increase the frequency and intensity of natural disasters worldwide. Here at home, we feel that climate warming in the form of severe wildfires, particularly in our western states. While fire is a natural and sometimes beneficial part of ecosystems found in the mountain ranges of California and Oregon,...

The Threat of Asbestos Exposure After a Hurricane

Hurricane readiness is a skill needed by an estimated 44.8% of the nation’s population. Each year, coastal states stretching from Maine to Texas are threatened by Atlantic Hurricanes that bring powerful winds, heavy rain, and often disastrous flooding. While Americans are generally prepared for the initial impact of a destructive storm, many are not aware of the imminent danger of asbestos...

Asbestos Might Be Lurking in Your Home

Older homes, for all their charm and elegance, appeal to a wide range of buyers in search of timeless staircases and well-crafted fireplace mantles. It’s understandable why efficiently built houses today do not compare even with modern conveniences we’ve come to expect. But leaving aside the graceful details and sophisticated design of homes built before the 1980s, there is one thing that...

Prescribed Opioids Among Pregnant Women May Cause Birth Defects

Since the early 1990s, the United States has faced a unique crisis. Though we only make up around 5% of the earth’s population, Americans consume 80% of all prescription opioids. Though the epidemic has been blamed in large part on the pharmaceutical industry, which often markets powerful medications as safe, doctors have faced far less scrutiny for their role in the crisis. The excessive...

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