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In July of this past year, Minnesota-based 3M Company resolved a whistle blower lawsuit brought against them by a former employee that alleged 3M had contracted with the US Military selling the military ear plugs, of which they knew were defective but chose not to disclose to the military. 3M agreed to a $9 million settlement in the whistle-blower case, with the whistle-blower receiving nearly $2 million (Federal law allows for any whistle-blower to recover…
The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), concluded its 18-month investigation into opioid distributors and wholesalers in West Virginia just before Christmas, 2018. The committee’s bipartisan report, to say the least, is shocking. (Read it [HERE].) WV is the state struck hardest by the opioid crisis that has gripped the nation for the last several years. While the source of the problem could only be speculated before now,…
         The vaping, or e-cigarette, trends has grown at a rapid pace over the last several years. This was mainly brought on by the brand Juul, which looks like a small USB stick and dominates a whopping 75% of vaping’s market share. And how could it have not? Toted as the healthier alternative to traditional smoking, Juul offers many customizable options that allow one to make their experience more enjoyable. The fact…
Mesothelioma has been known for decades to be the signature lethal disease caused by inhaling microscopic asbestos fibers into the lungs.  In fact, it has been well documented in Navy shipyard workers, underground miners, building construction and other such endeavors.  But now, with the discovery of asbestos in talculm powder, the very thing that women and babies use to keep themselves feeling fresh and clean is now the subject of the deadly disease.  And at…
So implies Monsanto in the ongoing In RE Roundup litigation venued before Judge Chhabria in San Francisco, as well as a state-court consolidated filings in St. Louis, Missouri. To date, only one case has been tried and the case resulted in a $289 million verdict, which included a large punitive damages award for what the jury believed to be Monsanto’s punitive conduct regarding their knowledge of the carcinogenic potential when exposed to their Roundup…
            On a September afternoon in 2016, Benjamin and Kristi Reavis of Dallas, Texas were traveling south on North Central Expressway with their 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter in the sedan’s back seat. While stopped in traffic, they were hit from behind by a motorist in a Honda Pilot and within seconds their children, safely belted in child safety seats in the back, suffered life-long and permanent head, brain and…
Bishop Joseph Hart, a priest based in the Diocese of Cheyenne, has been accused by a third male victim in Wyoming of sexual assault. This is the ninth man to allege misconduct on the part of the bishop. The other six victims were assaulted while Hart was a member of the Diocese of Kansas City, where Hart resided before moving to the Cowboy State in 1971. Hart was sued for his conduct in Kansas City,…
Teton Gravity Research produced the acclaimed Andy Irons Kissed By God that chronicles the much-to-short life of Surfing World Champion Andy Irons who tragically died as a result of an overdose. The Ochs Law Firm is sponsoring a free showing of the film Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the Historic Gryphon Theater in Laramie, Wyoming beginning at 7:30 PM. Admission is free and all are welcome. See the film trailer here:  https://youtu.be/GJWIPRvtAHk  …
While the opioid crisis has been dominating national headlines for months, denoted as one of the worst public health crises in the US’s history, children born addicted to opiates are hardly discussed. If a woman uses prescription painkillers while their child is in utero, the child has a substantial chance of developing neonatal abstinence syndrome. This is a generic term for those born addicted to drugs. Common symptoms include physical and neurological deformities, as well…
It was just over a year ago in July when I received the tragic news that one of my dearest friends had lost his teenage son to an opiate overdose.  It absolutely devastated him and his family.  Their 19-year-old son was the treasure of their lives, a straight-A student going into his sophomore year in College.  I would later learn that his opiate addiction stemmed from a surfing injury two years earlier, requiring shoulder surgery,…