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G&E Launches Investigation into Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Cases

For 35 years, the U.S. government knowingly contaminated the water surrounding Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, exposing approximately one million military service members and their families to dangerous toxins such as oil, petrol, industrial wastewater, and chemicals.  The pollutants have been linked to certain cancers and other serious conditions, such as birth defects, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, liver cancer, miscarriage, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and Parkinson’s disease. Asserting claims under the Honoring Our PACT Act and the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, G&E represents those that were harmed by the contaminated water.

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G&E’s Beth Graham Appointed to BHR Hip Implant MDL Settlement Committee

Principal Beth Graham was recently appointed by the court to the Settlement Committee in the In re Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation. Ms. Graham also serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in this litigation, which concerns complications arising from the BHR hip system’s defective cobalt-chromium metal-on-metal design.

G&E Ranked by The Legal 500 in Several Categories

The Legal 500’s United States guide for 2022 includes G&E and many of its attorneys across several practice areas, including antitrust, product liability/mass tort, securities, M&A, and environmental litigation. Once again, Principal Michael Barry was selected as a Leading Lawyer in the M&A Litigation: Plaintiff category, and Managing Director Jay Eisenhofer was recognized in the Securities Litigation: Plaintiff Hall of Fame. 

The U.S. edition of The Legal 500 rankings, now in its 15th year, is decided by a team of experienced researchers who review firm submissions and gather feedback from firm peers and clients.  More than 300,000 buyers of legal services are surveyed and interviewed globally each year for The Legal 500’s worldwide editions.

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Kyle McGee Named to Law360’s 2022 List of Rising Stars

Principal Kyle McGee, head of G&E’s Environmental Litigation Group, was selected to Law360’s list of Rising Stars. The list, whittled down from 1,350 submissions to just 176 winners, honors the nation’s top attorneys under 40 in several practice areas. Mr. McGee was selected as one of the top five environmental attorneys for his impressive career achievements in the industry.

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G&E Ranked in Band 1 in Chambers USA’s 2022 Guide

G&E is highly ranked by Chambers and Partners in its annual guide for 2022. The Firm was ranked in Band 1 in the Chancery: Mainly Plaintiff category, and was also ranked in the Securities: Litigation: Mainly Plaintiff category. Managing Director Jay Eisenhofer was additionally recognized for his work on behalf of plaintiffs in securities litigation, as well as Principals Michael Barry and Christine Mackintosh for their achievements in Delaware Chancery Court.

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G&E Appointed Lead Counsel in Peloton Securities Class Action

G&E was appointed as lead counsel in the federal securities class action litigation against Peloton Interactive Inc.  Investors claim that Peloton repeatedly made misleading statements reassuring investors that demand for its internet connected bicycles and treadmills remained steady even after COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were lifted and vaccines were introduced to the public—when in reality Pelton knew that demand for its connected fitness products was declining significantly.

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Principal Christine Mackintosh Selected to Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar List

As part of The National Law Journal's 2022 Elite Trial Lawyers awards, G&E’s Christine Mackintosh was selected to the list of Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar. The 15 honorees were selected from a nomination process, commending women lawyers who have consistently excelled in high-stakes matters on behalf of plaintiffs over the course of their careers.

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G&E Serves as Co-Counsel in PFAS Suit Filed by San Diego City Attorney’s Office

San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott, filed suit on behalf of the City and the People of California, seeking cleanup costs and other remedies related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) detected in San Diego drinking water supplies, stormwater, wastewater and other natural resources. Defendants include more than 20 chemical companies who knowingly sold products containing these toxic “forever chemicals,” polluting the environment and endangering public health for decades.

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Lawdragon Names G&E Principals to 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumers Lawyers Guide

Six of G&E’s principals have been selected to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumers Lawyers Guide for 2022. The list was compiled through submissions, journalistic research and editorial vetting.  Firm principals named to the list include mass tort litigators Sindhu Daniel, Adam Gomez and Elizabeth Graham; civil rights advocate Barbara Hart; and birth injury attorney Lisa Weinstein.

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G&E Announces $80 Million Settlement in Ohio PCB Litigation Against Monsanto

Filed in 2018, the State of Ohio asserted claims against Monsanto Co. and affiliates relating to statewide contamination of natural resources with toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The $80 million settlement, pending judicial approval, will be used to help prevent future threats to the environment. G&E served as outside counsel to the State.

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G&E Named a Top 10 Plaintiffs’ Firm by ISS Securities Class Action Services for 2021

A report released by ISS Securities Class Action Services ranks the top 50 plaintiffs’ firms in terms of settlement value for securities class actions resolved in 2021. G&E is included as a Top 10 plaintiffs’ firm within the annual list, which highlights cases where law firms served as lead or co-lead counsel in North American securities class action settlements.

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G&E Announces $25 Million Settlement in New Hampshire Attorney General-led Environmental Suit Against Monsanto

Filed in 2020 by the New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General, the lawsuit asserted claims relating to natural resource impairments in New Hampshire caused by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) produced, marketed, distributed, and sold by Monsanto Co.  The $25 million settlement resolves these claims as to Monsanto Co. and its affiliates, Solutia Inc. and Pharmacia LLC and related entities. G&E, along with co-counsel, served as outside counsel to the State.

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G&E Ranked as a Top Firm in Two Categories in the 2020 Antitrust Annual Report

G&E is ranked among the leading law firms in two categories in the Antitrust Annual Report for 2020. The Firm was recognized in the Top 25 Lead Counsel in Complaints Filed list as well the Top 50 Cases with Settlements Reaching Final Approval 2009-2020 list.

The Report, produced annually by The Huntington National Bank and the University of San Francisco Law School, includes class action antitrust filings in federal court, analyzing data from 2009-2020.

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Former Brown University Students File Federal Class Action Alleging Institutional Failures Enabled Patterns of Sexual Abuse at the Prestigious School

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (August 9, 2021) – Four women who are current or recent students at Brown University have filed a federal class action complaint against the Ivy League school alleging it has systematically and repeatedly failed to protect women from harm, including rape, “despite knowledge that sexual assault on its campus is endemic.” ... The case was filed on August 6 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. If granted, the prospective class would include all women – estimated at upwards of 4,000 – who attended Brown starting in 2018 and were survivors of sexual violence and were then further traumatized by the “complete neglect and dysfunction” of the university’s sexual misconduct response program.  

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G&E Secures Delaware’s Largest Ever Environmental Damages Recovery on Behalf of State of DE Following Lengthy Investigation of PFAS Contamination

The State of Delaware, represented by G&E and the Delaware Department of Justice, has reached a historic pre-suit settlement with E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, The Chemours Company, DuPont de Nemours, Inc., and Corteva, Inc. (together, “DuPont”) following an extensive investigation concerning the contamination of Delaware natural resources with toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  Under the settlement, DuPont has agreed to pay the State $50 million to fund environmental restoration, community environmental justice and equity grants, and other initiatives to protect and improve the State’s natural resources.  The settlement also provides for potential, additional payments to the State of up to $25 million should other states secure settlements with DuPont in excess of $50 million.  Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings described the settlement as “the most significant environmental settlement that the State of Delaware has ever secured,” noting that “it is being delivered on a timeline that matches the urgency of this moment.”

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G&E Secures Preliminary Injunction on Behalf of New Mexico Public in Sterigenics Ethylene Oxide Case

Following a hearing led by G&E, a preliminary injunction was granted prohibiting industrial sterilization company Sterigenics from the uncontrolled emission of ethylene oxide at its Santa Teresa, New Mexico facility. The ruling was over the objection of numerous local and national groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers. G&E is co-counsel in this litigation with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.

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G&E Co-Counsel in Health Insurer Lawsuits Filed by San Diego City Attorney’s Office

In a slew of lawsuits filed by San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott, the City alleges that health insurers misled consumers with directories containing incorrect provider information. Consumers rely on provider directories when enrolling in health insurance plans and to find in-network doctors that accept their insurance. Inaccurate directories harm the public health by imposing barriers to health care access, and they distort health insurance markets with false advertising of the breadth of the provider networks offered and by driving out high needs patients who become frustrated and switch plans. The complaints allege unlawful business practices and false advertising by health insurers Molina, Kaiser, and HealthNet.

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G&E Files Suit Against Monsanto on Behalf of Sacramento Man Who Alleges His Cancers Were Caused by Roundup

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 21, 2021) – Leading plaintiffs law firm Grant & Eisenhofer has filed suit in California state court against Monsanto Co., maker of the herbicide Roundup, on behalf of Sacramento-area resident Michael Langford, who asserts his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers were caused by decades-long exposure to Roundup’s chemical ingredients, notably glyphosate.

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G&E Reaches Preliminary Settlement in block.one Action

G&E represents the Lead Plaintiff and serves as Lead Counsel for the class in the consolidated cases, Williams et al. v. Block.One, Blumer and Larimer, Civ No. 1:20-cv-2809, and Crypto Assets Opportunity Fund, et al. v. Block.One, Blumer, Larimer, Grigg and Pierce, Civ. No. 1:20-cv-3829 before Judge Kaplan in the Southern District of New York. The Parties have reached an agreement to settle the action for a payment by block.one of $27.5 million cash for the benefit of the class. The settlement must be approved by the Court.

G&E Principal Beth Graham Named to Law360’s Annual Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar

G&E principal and head of the Firm's mass tort practice group, Beth Graham has been selected by Law360 as a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” for 2021. This year’s list from Law360 includes only 11 lawyers, each of whom obtained significant achievements on behalf of their clients over the past year.

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Leading Litigator Barbara Hart Joins G&E as Principal and Member of Executive Committee

Ms. Hart follows arrival of prominent mass tort/medical device litigator Ms. Sindhu Daniel

NEW YORK (January 6, 2021) – Leading plaintiffs’ law firm Grant & Eisenhofer announced the arrival of Barbara Hart, a nationally recognized litigator with a distinguished track record of recoveries for investors in securities class actions as well as antitrust and whistleblower cases ... Ms. Hart is the second major addition to G&E in recent months, following the arrival late last fall of noted mass tort litigator Sindhu Daniel to the firm’s Wilmington, Delaware, office.

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G&E Adds Kyle McGee, Head of Firm’s Environmental Litigation Group, to Executive Committee

WILMINGTON, DEL. (February 12, 2021) – G&E has announced that principal Kyle J. McGee, who leads the firm’s environmental litigation group, has been appointed to the Executive Committee.

Launched in 2017, G&E’s environmental group represents numerous state, county and municipal government agencies and other public entities in large-scale litigations against corporate polluters that have damaged critical natural resources.

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Lawdragon Highlights Jay Eisenhofer’s Long-Term Success as a Plaintiffs’ Lawyer and Contributions to Modern Business Litigation

Lawdragon’s Katrina Dewey delves into G&E Managing Director Jay Eisenhofer’s storied career, the Firm’s successful history, and G&E’s continued growth in representing plaintiffs.

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G&E Instrumental in $2.67 Billion Blue Cross Blue Shield Settlement, One of the Largest Monetary Recoveries in an Antitrust Class Action

Resolving a years-long multidistrict lawsuit, G&E, serving as co-chair of the litigation committee, worked with co-counsel to reach a $2.67 billion class settlement with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers. Plaintiffs, a class of more than 40 groups of insurance subscribers, accuse BCBS entities of engaging in an illegal conspiracy to thwart competition for health insurance customers, thereby establishing and maintaining monopoly power throughout the regions in which they operate. The settlement is one of the largest monetary recoveries reached in an antitrust class action, and also incorporates sweeping anti-competitive practice reforms.

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The G&E ESG Institute Submits Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case Supporting Corporate Liability for Child Slavery in Supply Chain

On behalf of investors and investment managers dedicated to ESG principles, the Grant & Eisenhofer ESG Institute submitted an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, for consideration in the pending Nestlé USA, Inc. v. Doe I case. Respondents, former child slaves, allege that Nestlé USA is liable under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) for incorporating and facilitating child slave labor operations on cocoa farms in West African countries in its cocoa supply chain. Writing in support of Respondents, the G&E ESG Institute argues that ESG investors have a particular interest in ensuring that the ATS be available as a legal mechanism for holding corporations accountable for their ESG transgressions.

The ESG Institute further asserts that permitting corporate liability under the ATS would incentivize U.S. companies to adopt and enforce humane and ethical business operations, such as closely monitoring their supply chains, in an effort to eradicate forced and child labor. The ESG Institute believes that doing so will ultimately advance the goals of ESG investing, which continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. The date set for the case to be argued before the Supreme Court was December 1, 2020.

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U.S. Bans Importation of Malaysian Palm Oil Products Following Petition Filed by G&E’s ESG Institute

NEW YORK (Oct. 5, 2020) – In an important human rights order issued Sept. 30, U.S. Customs and Border Protection banned all palm oil and palm oil products manufactured by Malaysia’s biggest palm oil producer, FGV Holdings Berhad.

The CBP’s order comes after the Grant & Eisenhofer ESG Institute, a policy group focused on environmental, social and governance issues for institutional investors, petitioned the agency last summer to ban U.S. importation of FGV’s palm oil and palm oil products. The petition alleged widespread evidence of forced labor and illegal child labor practices on the company’s palm oil plantations in Malaysia.

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G&E files Suit against Chicago-Area Sterilization Companies for Contaminating Air with Cancer-Causing Ethylene Oxide

On behalf of residents living in communities north of Chicago, G&E filed a complaint against Medline Industries, Inc, Steris Corporation, and other medical sterilization companies seeking damages related to defendants’ dangerous emission of Ethylene Oxide. The toxic gas is known to cause cancer, yet was knowingly emitted into the atmosphere for decades by defendants, the complaint alleges. The suit seeks to hold these companies responsible for their reckless behavior by paying affected individuals for costs associated with monitoring for the development of certain types of cancer, blood disorders, and other organ damage.

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G&E Files Actions on Behalf of Restaurants, Bars and Fitness Centers that Suffered Losses Due to COVID-19 Shutdowns

PHILADELPHIA (August 25, 2020) – Continuing its support of small businesses that have been unjustly denied insurance coverage for losses suffered due to shutdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, G&E has filed a pair of class actions against 11 insurance companies.

The suits were brought on behalf of a fitness center in Tennessee and a group of Philadelphia cafés and wine and beer bars, respectively. They were filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.

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G&E Settles PCB Litigation on Behalf of District of Columbia, Monsanto to Pay $52 Million

G&E represented the District of Columbia in a lawsuit against chemical manufacturer Monsanto concerning its production, marketing, distribution, and sale of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The toxic chemical, sold by Monsanto for almost 50 years, caused widespread contamination of the District’s natural resources, including major waterways such as the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. The $52 million settlement holds Monsanto responsible for environmental damage as well as health risks to the District’s residents, and will help fund the clean-up of the contaminated waterways.

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G&E attorneys representing the District include Kyle J. McGee, Viola Vetter, and Jason Wilson.

G&E Wins Appeal of Towers Watson Merger Dismissal

After the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed G&E’s shareholder lawsuit last June alleging breach of fiduciary duty in the $18 billion Towers Watson merger, G&E recently secured a reversal in the Delaware Supreme Court. The case asserts a post-closing damages claim on behalf of a class of stockholders of insurance brokerage Willis Group when it merged with Towers Watson & Co. to form Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company. The reversal sends the case back to the Chancery Court for reconsideration.

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