U.S. News: RPWB is a Best Law Firm for National Mass Torts & Class Actions

RPWB is a top plaintiff law firm for our work on national mass torts and class actions, according to the 2022 Best Law Firm rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

In addition to the national ranking for mass torts/class actions, RPWB was listed as a Best Law Firm for personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice and health care litigation in our home state of South Carolina.

For a complete roundup of our listings, please click here.

The announcement by U.S. News followed RPWB’s inclusion on the 2022 Best Lawyers in America list, in which 16 RPWB attorneys were recognized for their work. RPWB was the top-listed plaintiff law firm in South Carolina for product liability cases and mass tort litigation.

RPWB attorneys regularly hold leadership positions in class actions and other mass torts across the nation. We have leadership roles in both the 3M Combat Arms Earplug MDL and the Aqueous Film-Forming Foams Product Liability MDL. In recent years, RPWB played a leading role in litigation associated with the failed VC Summer Nuclear Power Plant project. The resulting settlements provided billions in relief for South Carolina’s ratepayers and resolved some of the most complex litigation in the state’s history.

RPWB lawyers have been at the forefront of asbestos litigation since the 1970s. We have helped mesothelioma victims in nearly every US state and territory collect money from asbestos manufacturers who put profits over the health of American workers.

The firm’s usefulness even extends across international borders. RPWB attorneys are foreign legal consultants for six Canadian provinces seeking to recoup public money spent on smoking-related illnesses.

While RPWB is proud to help large groups of people who have been wronged, the firm remains deeply rooted in our work to help individuals in their times of intense need.

Rogers, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman represents clients in many types of cases, including wrongful death and personal injury, truck accidents, railroad accidents, construction defects, medical malpractice, mesothelioma and other occupational lung disease, whistleblower & qui tam, nursing home abuse, and pharmaceutical drug and medical device injury.

RPWB is ranked nationally for its work on class actions and mass torts

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. – RPWB attorneys are investigating the cases of farmers, agricultural workers, crop dusters and groundskeepers who developed Parkinson’s disease after using Paraquat weed killer.

    Several herbicides contain Paraquat, including: Gramoxone, Ortho-Paraquat, Para-SHOT, Parazone, Quick-Quat, Firestorm and Helmqua.

    The herbicides have been used in the United States since 1964, and have come under increased scrutiny in recent years as science linked the inhalation of Paraquat to Parkinson’s disease. A December 2020 study, published in the journal Toxicological Sciences, confirmed that inhaling Paraquat gives it a direct pathway to the brain. Once in the brain, studies have shown Paraquat damages or impairs dopamine receptors.

    Parkinson’s disease occurs when nerve cells in an area of the brain that controls movement become impaired or die. Normally, these neurons produce dopamine. When the neurons die or become impaired, they produce less dopamine, which causes the movement problems of Parkinson’s.

    Currently, about 25 lawsuits alleging Paraquat as the cause of a plaintiff’s Parkinson’s disease have been filed throughout the country. An application to consolidate Paraquat Parkinson’s Disease lawsuits in a single federal court is pending before the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

    The use of Paraquat in the United States continues to this day even though other countries such as China and the European Union have already banned their use. The herbicide is typically used to control weeds in agricultural settings, but is also used on golf courses and in grounds maintenance at large facilities such as industrial sites, schools and parks.

    In October 2020, the EPA proposed new guidelines that would limit the use of Paraquat weed killers, including a prohibition of aerial application (except for cotton desiccation), requiring enclosed cabs and respirators, and creating a longer re-entry waiting period.

    If you or a loved one was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after repeated exposure to Paraquat weed killers, please contact us for a free, no obligation case review. RPWB’s toxic exposure team has a wealth of experience representing workers exposed to asbestos and toxic weed killers like Roundup. Attorneys at RPWB have been helping people harmed by dangerous products for more than 40 years.

    RPWB serves in the national leadership of litigation against 3M for producing a toxic fire-fighting foam that is contaminating water systems throughout the United States. We have experience helping farmers as well. We recently helped corn farmers get compensation for financial losses they incurred when corn prices plummeted following China’s rejection of Syngenta GMO corn.

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