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There is currently a Paraquat mass tort lawsuit involving hundreds of farmworkers (or people who lived near farms) who are claiming that prolonged exposure to Paraquat caused them to develop early-onset Parkinson’s disease. Our national mass tort firm is currently seeking new plaintiffs to participate in the Paraquat lawsuit.

We are looking for individuals who were regularly exposed to Paraquat for a period of 5 years or longer and were subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. This group may include people who worked in the agricultural industry or lived within a mile of a commercial farm.

What is Paraquat?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now auditing car rental companies to make sure they are completing repairs on cars that have been recalled before renting or leasing them.

The car recall problem is twofold: car companies making defective cars and then the failure to solve the problem by fixing the car after the recall has been made. Consumers are the worst on this: they get a recall notice and toss it into the trash. When that happens, it is on you if your car becomes involved in a serious accident. The recall was out there. Get the car fixed.

The feds are looking at a more curable problem. Car rentals and leases where the recalls are never repaired. The government thinks that car companies have been aware of incidents involving personal injury or death caused by failure to conform to the applicable federal safety rules.

A former Toyota lawyer is accusing the carmaker of illegally withholding evidence in hundreds of rollover death and injury cases, in a “ruthless conspiracy” to hide evidence of “its vehicles’ structural shortcomings.”

Toyota calls the accusations “inaccurate” and accuses the attorney of violating “his ethical and professional obligations.”

As to the latter charge, let’s assume the lawyer violated the lawyer-client privilege. Okay, he should be disbarred if that is true. Still, forget about blaming the messenger. What did Toyota do?