Meyers & Flowers is proud to announce the appointment of Founding Partner Peter J. Flowers as the co-lead counsel by the federal judge in the US District Court Southern District of Illinois paraquat multi-district litigation.
In an order filed on July 8, 2021 Judge Nancy Rosenstengel named Mr. Flowers as the co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel, alongside co-counsel Khaldoun A. Baghdadi of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger and Sarah Shoemake Doles of Carey Danis & Lowe. The federal judge received 80 applications and interviewed 41 of those applicants via Zoom before selecting the appointees.
As co-lead counsel, Mr. Flowers is responsible for representing the interests of all plaintiffs who have alleged damages as a result of paraquat. Over the past 20 years, hundreds of studies have concluded a link between Parkinson’s disease and continued exposure to the widely used herbicide, paraquat. The popular weed and grass killer has put agricultural workers and farming communities at an increased risk of 250% of developing the progressive neurodegenerative disorder.
The manufacturers of paraquat should have known the risks associated with their toxic product that was produced, marketed, and sold across the country. The lawsuits allege that the defendants failed to warn the public that paraquat could cause Parkinson’s Disease and that their products are defective in design. The suits against Syngenta and Growmark are seeking compensation for their injuries and medical bills on behalf of farmers and crop workers who were unaware of the serious health risks associated with the herbicide.
Meyers & Flowers is currently investigating cases of those who used paraquat and then were diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease or other similar health problems. Contact us today to explore your legal options at (630) 232-6333 or request a free case evaluation.