Dangerous Products In The News

► 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. In one 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 rings. 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 the ground. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall after receiving more than 100 complaints, including reports of concussions, lacerations, and a broken finger. The 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 it.

About John Fagan

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. Professional Activities 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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