► Roundup. Roundup is a popular weed-killer that’s
used commercially as well as by homeowners in their backyards. Recently, dozens
of lawsuits have been filed by landscapers, farmworkers, road crews and others,
claiming the product’s active chemical, glyphosate, causes cancer, and that its
manufacturer, Monsanto, has known this for decades but done nothing about it.
case, a farmer’s widow in California claimed that her husband and his dog both
died of aggressive forms of lymphoma due to repeated exposure to the product. According
to the woman, her husband knew that most pesticides and herbicides were toxic
and tried to avoid them – but he didn’t take the same precautions with Roundup,
because Monsanto had claimed it was safe.
► Talcum powder. Johnson & Johnson’s Baby
Powder and other talcum powder products have been a mainstay of nurseries and
medicine cabinets for years. Most people associate them with changing tables
and preventing diaper rash.
However, many women also use these
products for feminine hygiene purposes. And that’s where the risks come in. A
jury in St. Louis recently held Johnson & Johnson liable for withholding
information from the public suggesting that the use of its talcum powder
products for feminine hygiene reasons could cause ovarian cancer.
Some 1,000 women have now filed
similar lawsuits against the company.
► Toy trapeze
Rainbow Play Systems makes popular wooden backyard playsets with plastic
trapeze rings. Recently, the company recalled some 130,000 trapeze ring sets
because of defects that can cause them to break, sending children falling to
Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall after receiving more
than 100 complaints, including reports of concussions, lacerations, and a
rings are yellow triangles about 8.5 inches high by 6.5 inches wide. The playsets
have an aluminum plate on the wooden swing beam with the name Playgrounds
America, Rainbow Play Systems Inc., or Sunray Premium Playgrounds stamped on
John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981.
John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder.
In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home.
John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation.
John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates.
Service to the Community
John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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