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Welcome to “Cut to the Chase:” where we talk about compelling legal, regulatory and public interest information and news. Your host is Gregg Goldfarb, an attorney, entrepreneur, investor and activist.
info_outline NEW UPDATE ON VETERANS CHALLENGING BANKRUPTCY FILING IN 3M EARPLUG MASS TORT LITIGATION 08/13/2022
NEW UPDATE ON VETERANS CHALLENGING BANKRUPTCY FILING IN 3M EARPLUG MASS TORT LITIGATION On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Co Lead Counsel Mike Burns returns to discuss the latest hearings and upcoming hearings in the bankruptcy filed by Aearo Technologies, a subsidiary of 3M, in the combat earplug litigation. The bankruptcy petition is being characterized as a fraud on the Court as 3M purchased all of Aearo's liabilities back in 2008 and has been taking the position throughout the 3.5 years of this litigation that 3M is the responsible party. Don't panic-vets....the legal cavalry is here to help.
info_outline 3M Update Post Bankruptcy Filing 08/02/2022
3M Update Post Bankruptcy Filing On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Amanda Bronstad from Law.Com discusses the Aearo Technologies Bankruptcy filing in the 3M Earplug Mass Tort Multidistrict Litigation. While many of the plaintiffs and plaintiffs attorneys are panicking, this petition might not get too far or might even box in 3M. Hearings in front of Justice Rogers and the bankruptcy court did not go so well for 3M/Aearo Technologies as they try to stave off the onslaught of large jury verdicts against them.
info_outline El Nino La Nina-What are these Weather Systems and How Does it Effect the Planet 07/26/2022
El Nino La Nina-What are these Weather Systems and How Does it Effect the Planet On this episode of Cut to the Chase: Meteorologist Andrew Hagen, from the National Hurricane Center, gives us a brief explanation of what it means if you are living in El Nino or La Nina, how these systems are formed and how they impact the weather. Whether you are living in a drought or are inundated with rain and floods, Andrew is here to help explain these matters so we can all get a better understanding.
info_outline First Images from James Webb Telescope Revealed-What We Saw 07/19/2022
First Images from James Webb Telescope Revealed-What We Saw On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Dr. Adam Leibovich comes on to discuss the first images that we can see from the James Webb Telescope. Dr. Leibovich, a physics professor at the University of Pittsburg and now the Director of the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute, shows us the first images, including images of Jupiter and he goes through the mission of the new telescope. To watch this episode and see the actual images as Dr. L goes through them, go to my youtube channel here.... Dr. L also explains how the James Webb Telescope differs from the Hubble Telescope and lots of fun possibilities, including whether the James Webb Telescope will be able to detect life outside our planet. Exoplanets, infrared, gravitational lensing and of course whether this all proves or disproves Einstein's theory of general relativity. With all the bad news in the world today, this topic is one bit of positive news. The project is global in nature. Anyone can apply to use the James Webb Telescope. Here is how.... For some great up to date information, including the actual launch of the James Webb Telescope (it is currently 4 times further away from our planet than the Moon)-check out these links. And for some super augment reality experiences through instagram-check out this link.
info_outline Episode 87-Rental Car Insurance-Yes or No? 06/30/2022
Episode 87-Rental Car Insurance-Yes or No? On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, our insurance savant Jonathan Singer returns to continue his series of answering FAQ in the insurance context. In particular, this episode focuses on whether to purchase rental car insurance or not. Of course, the answer is "it depends". Listen to Jon explain what it depends on. With the average rental car insurance being anywhere from $80-$80 per day according to industry analysis, the downside to declining can be costly. If you want to speak with Jon to go through all your insurance needs, here is his contact information.
info_outline EPISODE 86-JUDGE APPROVES SURFSIDE $1 BILLION SETTLEMENT 06/24/2022
EPISODE 86-JUDGE APPROVES SURFSIDE $1 BILLION SETTLEMENT On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, one of the lead attorneys of the Surfside Class Action, Adam Moskowitz, comes on 1 year to the day of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South killing 98 people and leaving over 100 others homeless to discuss the settlement of the case. Adam discusses some of the shocking details of the collapse and how this settlement was done so quickly. With 48 defendants involved, you would have thought that this case could have dragged out for a decade with each of the defendants pointing their fingers at each other. Adam, along with several other prominent attorneys, worked long and tireless. Judge Michael Hanzman did a remarkable job pushing this case at a pace not seen before. Now that the settlement has been approved, those eligible for their settlements need to go through the claims process. There is a deadline so PAY ATTENTION TO THE DEADLINES. Some of the victims are not represented by attorneys, but they can still file their claims. AGAIN THE CLAIMS MUST BE DONE PROPERLY AND TIMELY. Adam has graciously offered to talk to any of the victims or family members of victims to guide them through the claims process. Here is Adam's link to contact him. A big shoutout to Adam, Judge Hanzman, and many others that secured justice for the victims of this tragedy.
info_outline EPISODE 85-MAJOR ROUNDUP LITIGATION UPDATES FROM SCOTUS TO THE 9TH CIRCUIT'S RULING ON THE EPA'S POSITION ON GLYPHOSATE 06/23/2022
EPISODE 85-MAJOR ROUNDUP LITIGATION UPDATES FROM SCOTUS TO THE 9TH CIRCUIT'S RULING ON THE EPA'S POSITION ON GLYPHOSATE On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Amanda Bronstad from ALM/Law.com comes on to give us a rapid fire update on the breaking news on Roundup. From SCOTUS refusing to take up Bayer's appeal and the potential case that SCOTUS is discussing this week to the 9th Circuit's ruling on the EPA's position on whether the active ingredient in Roundup (glyphosate) causes cancer, hop aboard on this 11 minute rapid fire episode. Here is a link to her recent article on SCOTUS decision.
info_outline Episode 84-Have You Thought About Marketing Your Law firm-Meet Luke Russell 06/17/2022
Episode 84-Have You Thought About Marketing Your Law firm-Meet Luke Russell On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Luke Russell from Russell Media comes on to discuss his marketing firm and how they differ from the other marketers, some of whom use rather questionable practices. I have known for several years and use Luke for marketing and know that he is savvy and truthworthy. Many lawyers cringe when hearing about marketing and many lawyers are cringing even more as they are not marketing and see their caseloads dwindle. Marketing is not just billboards, bus benches, and tv ads....just listen to Luke tell you a bit of how Russell Media markets. To talk with him to see what he can do for your mass tort portfolio or your single incident cases (trucking, motorcycle, etc), here is his contact info. Luke's talents don't end at the marketing world. He also has his own podcast, Lawful Good Podcast, featuring lawyers and their stories both inside and outside of the world of trials. Fascinating and fun-check it out.
info_outline Episode 83-Mass Tort Updates Galore With Amanda Bronstad from Law.com 06/11/2022
Episode 83-Mass Tort Updates Galore With Amanda Bronstad from Law.com On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, I bring on legal journalist Amanda Bronstad to discuss several of the bigger ongoing mass torts to see where things stand. From Roundup, 3M, Mesh, Opioids, to the Boy Scouts, there are various moving parts including pending SCOTUS decisions, settlements, victories and losses. So who better to bring on than Amanda Bronstad, legal journalist from law.com to give us the latest news on all these major litigations. Here is her link to her articles including really updated information. And to subscribe to her newsletter, go here to this link.
info_outline Episode 82-A Veteran's $77 Million Dollar Verdict Vs. 3M for Defective Earplugs-Last of the Bellwethers 06/06/2022
Episode 82-A Veteran's $77 Million Dollar Verdict Vs. 3M for Defective Earplugs-Last of the Bellwethers On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Mike Burn returns to update us on the last bellwether trial against 3M for it's defective earplug. This trial resulted in a $77 Million Verdict, including $72 million for punitive damages against 3M. Now that the 19 bellwether trials have gone forward, Judge Rogers has met with the leadership for the 240,000 Plaintiffs that are part of the largest mass tort ever to discuss what she plans on doing with the remaining cases. The Judge will also be meeting with leadership for the defendants-3M to discuss the same. Looming out there are some appeals on some of the prior verdicts. Listen in to Mike explain what this all means and how the government contractor defense is the main legal issue in the appeals. And remember, it is not too late to join this litigation. Here is how you get in touch with Mike. . Don't wait as there is a deadline to file your claim.
info_outline Episode 81-Helping Lawyers Who Feel Burnt Out 05/26/2022
Episode 81-Helping Lawyers Who Feel Burnt Out On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Susan Goodkind Wideman comes on to discuss how she helps lawyers who are feeling burnt out, anxiety ridden, stressed and other bad things. Susan, an attorney as well, has been there before and has developed a mental fitness wellness programs for us lawyers that could use some help. As we turn to Professional Wellness Month, I thought now would be a great time to give us all a trained professional to help us in times of need. Here is how you get in touch with Susan (she also offers a free consult to see if you think she can help). And of course, here is the link to the wellness month info.
info_outline Episode 80-Christos Lagos Discussing An Example Where Bankruptcy in Mass Torts Produced a Positive Result-the F.I.U. Bridge Collapse 05/19/2022
Episode 80-Christos Lagos Discussing An Example Where Bankruptcy in Mass Torts Produced a Positive Result-the F.I.U. Bridge Collapse On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Christos Lagos comes on to sit side by side me in front of the Miami Dade County Courthouse to discuss some of today's big issues-bankruptcy in mass tort litigation and crumbling infrastructure. I keep getting questions from the audience about whether Fortune 500 companies that make dangerously defective products that are killing or maiming tens of thousands of us are going to use the bankruptcy process (like Johnson & Johnson is doing with it's talcum powder pending litigation) to try and undermine the Constitutional right to a jury trial and get off for pennies on the dollars. The answer might depend on several factors. Christos, who was selected by the biggest legal names in South Florida to be the lead attorney on the F.I.U. bridge collapse litigation, discusses how bankruptcy was used in that litigation in a positive way. Additionally, Christos and I discuss another looming problem faced globally and here in the United States-crumbling infrastructure. According to reliable sources 1/3 of our country's bridges are deficient. The condo collapse in Surfside and the Miami Dade County Courthouse's structural problems are becoming just another major issue that we are faced with these days. If you are injured due to defective construction or infrastructure, hell if you are or a loved one are victimized by a catastrophic injury, give Christos a call. Or if you a lawyer handling a complicated case that you need some assistance on with an attorney that will comprehensively put the case together AND take it through trial....here is the link to his law firm to connect with him. And here is a link to some information on just how bad our infrastructure is in the United States.
info_outline Episode 79. Tobacco and Juul...How are These Products On the Market 05/14/2022
Episode 79. Tobacco and Juul...How are These Products On the Market On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, William Ogle discusses the state of affairs with tobacco litigation in light of the recent Florida Supreme Court ruling undoing part of the Engle decision. William has been battling vs. the tobacco companies for decades and has won every trial he has had with them. He also discusses Juul and how Juul is using the same playbook as tobacco did---get the kids hooked and the rest is history. So if you are hooked on tobacco or Juul or your loved one is or has died as a result of those products, here is William's link on how he can help you.
info_outline Mother's Day Special-Latest 3M Trial Results and Updates 05/08/2022
Mother's Day Special-Latest 3M Trial Results and Updates On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Mike Burns returns to give us a rapid fire update after the last trial resulted in a $2 million verdict for another soldier. Hear who that last soldier is, how many soldiers have won, the total amount of money awarded to the soldiers, if you can still join in the case and more. And if you want to speak with Mr. Burns or learn about his background, click this link.
info_outline Episode 77-Kimberly Adams Updating Us on Sex Trafficking and Porn Hub Litigation 05/01/2022
Episode 77-Kimberly Adams Updating Us on Sex Trafficking and Porn Hub Litigation On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Kimberly Adams updates us on 2 legal cases that she is pursuing as lead counsel to combat the sex trafficking industry and Pornhub for child pornography abuse on its platform. Both cases involve Section 230. Kimberly is a crusader as Section 230 is relatively knew and still lacking the well settled legal nature that many negligence and tort cases have achieved over the years. Listen to this episode so you can hear why Kimberly is just the right lawyer to lead the way.
info_outline Episode 76-Matt Hosen Explaining How 3M Earplug Is Defective and What Baseball's and 3M's Litigation Share In Common 04/25/2022
Episode 76-Matt Hosen Explaining How 3M Earplug Is Defective and What Baseball's and 3M's Litigation Share In Common In this episode of Cut to the Chase:, one of the lead trial lawyers on the 3M earplug combat litigation goes into detail showing how the earplug is defective. Matt, who has focused a lot of his attention over the past years on 3M, including the litigation that preceded the mass tort/multi district litigation, explains the antitrust aspect of this sordid affair and even discusses baseball and it's antitrust exemption. If you want to speak to Matt about these matters, here is his link.
info_outline Episode 75 with Mike Papantonio Talking Baby Formula 04/21/2022
Episode 75 with Mike Papantonio Talking Baby Formula On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Mike Papantonio discusses the latest development in the world of food products that are causing massive damage to society. This time its baby formula-cow milk based formula which is causing life threatening gastrointestinal disorder to premature infants. Pap, as he is fondly known by, is and has been a crusader in the world of mass torts for over 3 decades. One of the youngest attorneys ever inducted in the Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame, Mike's resume as a trial attorney and the impact he has had getting billions of dollars of compensation for the ordinary person and putting numerous dangerous corporations out of business, is just part of his MO. You can follow Mike on TV, Radio, or come and chat him up at the world's greatest conference for lawyers and marketers--Mass Torts Made Perfect. Mike has taught us all. If you like reading legal fictions, he has authored 7 outstanding novels showcasing the just how bad corporate greed has been. And I hear he is a great sax player and athelete. Here is a link to his bio. And a link to his law firm's campaign to contend with dangerous baby formulas.
info_outline 3M Updates April 2022 04/15/2022
3M Updates April 2022 On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Mike Burns (one of the lead attorneys on the largest mass tort ever) returns to update us on the latest trials and status of settlement and the litigation. Hop on in for a listen to Mike give us the dets. And here is a link to Mike's bio in case you want to connect with him and discuss you or your loved one's hearing issues due to your time in the army and if it is not too late to get involved in the case.
info_outline Litigation Funding for Plaintiffs AND MONEY MANAGEMENT 03/21/2022
Litigation Funding for Plaintiffs AND MONEY MANAGEMENT On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, we bring back Eric Schuller from Alliance for Responsible Consumer Legal Funding (ARC) and Tara Alderete from Money Management International (MMI)I to go over some potential financial assistant for Plaintiffs who have a viable case and need some money to get them through tight times that their injury has caused or contributed. MMI is one of the largest and longest-serving financial counseling agencies in the country. On this show, Eric and Tara discuss the collaboration between ARC and MMI to provide litigants with loans AND financial planning, including the exciting new website to enable these litigants with valuable resources.
info_outline Episode 72-Do EVs Increase Insurance Premiums 03/15/2022
Episode 72-Do EVs Increase Insurance Premiums On this episode of Cut to the Chase: podcast, our insurance savant-Jon Singer discusses how owning an EV effects your home and auto policies, including if you have the charger and/or solar panels at your house. Any questions on your various insurance policies, here is Jon's link.
info_outline Episode 71-Will Russian Nuclear Threats Derail Latest Advances in Nuclear Fusion 03/05/2022
Episode 71-Will Russian Nuclear Threats Derail Latest Advances in Nuclear Fusion On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Dr. Adam Liebovich discusses the exiting new developments in nuclear fusion. For the past 100 years, fusion has always been "30 years away" but with venture capital money pouring into it, including Bill Gates, there is serious talk that we might be a few years away from getting to the point where fusion becomes more feasible. Nuclear fusion would provide nearly limitless emissionless energy without some of the big problems. Although Putin taking over the largest nuclear reactor in Europe might reenergize the anti nuke crowd, it is key to understand all the benefits of nuclear fusion before we run that process off the table.
info_outline Episode 70. Justice Stephen Breyer-A Look Back at His Career 02/24/2022
Episode 70. Justice Stephen Breyer-A Look Back at His Career On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Professor Rodger Citron from Touro Law Center goes through Justice Breyer's history, philosophy, and some of his significant cases. As an Administrative Law Professor, Professor Citron provides a detailed analysis of the Chevron doctrine, one of the most significant legal principles in how SCOTUS analyzes agency interpretations of their regulations. Whether it be the EPA determining whether it has jurisdiction to regulate Co2 or the FDA has authority to regulate children's food, what happens with the Chevron doctrine will be a major focus this upcoming term and the following ones as well. What, if anything, will be Justice Breyer's legacy? Take a listen to Professor Citron for his take on all these issues. Click this link to see Professor Citron's biography.
info_outline Paraquat-the Next Weed Killer Killing More then Weeds 02/14/2022
Paraquat-the Next Weed Killer Killing More then Weeds On this episode of Cut to the Chase: Aimee Wagstaff who secured a plus $80 million verdict in the first federal Roundup trial, comes onto the show to discuss her next weed killer legal campaign-Paraquat. Paraquat, which can kill you if you drink just a sip of it, primarily causes Parkison's disease. Listen in to how this litigation is shaping up. Here is a link to more information on Paraquat. Here is her link to see more information.
info_outline Episode 68-Masks Mandates. What the Science Shows 02/10/2022
Episode 68-Masks Mandates. What the Science Shows On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Dr. Alan Salzberg returns to discuss all things covid. After reviewing the studies on whether masks are effective, Dr. Salzberg gives his take. Dr. Salzberg is a statistician who specializes in identifying biases in studies and surveys. Take a listen for his analysis as we move onto living with covid. Here is a link to Dr. Salzberg's company, which is where you can find all his blogs about his analysis of all things covid related.
info_outline First 2022 Trial Results in Largest Mass Tort Ever 01/28/2022
First 2022 Trial Results in Largest Mass Tort Ever On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Attorney Mike Burns returns to give us the breaking news of the next 2 soldiers that went to trial against 3M due to the defective earplugs 3M provided our soldiers for over one decade. The jury returned a verdict of $150 million for Ron Sloan and Will Wayne. MIke, one of the lead trial lawyers for these two veterans, gives us the news and what that means for the other nearly 300,000 veterans involved in this lawsuit.
info_outline Episode 66-James Webb Space Telescope. Will it Solve Unanswered Questions of the Planet 01/24/2022
Episode 66-James Webb Space Telescope. Will it Solve Unanswered Questions of the Planet On this episodes of Cut to the Chase:, Dr. Adam Leibovich discusses the James Webb Telescope and a bit of the Hubble Telescope. He covers everything from what they are, the launch, and some more cool stuff. He even gives us rookies an explanation of what a telescope is. We will soon start getting some great shots from a telescope 1 million miles away. So take a listen so you can orient yourselves. Here is a link to see photos, videos, and stuff that NASA posts from the James Webb Space Telescope. And a link to Dr. Leibovich's bio.
info_outline CPAP -WHY DID PHILLIPS RECALL IT'S DEVICES 01/17/2022
CPAP -WHY DID PHILLIPS RECALL IT'S DEVICES On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Marcus Susen, a prominent mass tort attorney located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida comes onto the show to discuss CPAP devices and why Phillips recalled it's devices. Can a device designed to help with sleep apnea and snoring actually cause illness? Well yes. Marcus explains how. Also, here is Phillips recall notice, which lays out what products the recall covers and with some instructions if you actually own or have possession of one of the machines. Marcus explains how oftentimes such as with this notice, the company does not really accept blame for the product defect. . Take a listen to this story. Here is a link to Marcus biography in case you want to speak to him about the product or other mass torts.
info_outline Class Action Trial Verdict for Plaintiffs In Ft. Lauderdale 01/10/2022
Class Action Trial Verdict for Plaintiffs In Ft. Lauderdale In this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Class Action attorney Adam Moskowitz tells us of his victory against a subcontractor of Florida Power and Light regarding a water pipe that was broken effecting over 9000 commercial businesses in Ft. Lauderdale. When have you heard of a Class Action actually going to trial? Answer-heere on Cut to the Chase: I tell you. Maybe your company was one of the many businesses effected by the water loss in Ft. Lauderdale and want to know what the impact of the trial verdict is going to be on your business. Or you just want to see how a Class Action trial actually takes place. Well take a listen to this unique trial as Adam walks us through the steps.
info_outline Journalists Under Attack. Freedom Of the Press Is KEY! 12/27/2021
Journalists Under Attack. Freedom Of the Press Is KEY! On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, Carey Gillam, renowned journalist and author of two books regarding the Roundup story, discusses how journalists are constantly getting vilified, arrested, and at times killed for exposing stories that some don't want the world to know. The press has uncovered many compelling stories over the centuries exposing corruption, criminal conduct, coverups and is a key component for the public to know what is going on. Listen in to this episode to hear how Monsanto went after her after she wrote her first book, Whitewash, which exposed Monsanto's handling of its weed killer Roundup that has wreaked havoc on many people and society.
info_outline Baby Food With Toxic Metals Causing Autism? YES 12/21/2021
Baby Food With Toxic Metals Causing Autism? YES On this episode of Cut to the Chase:, attorney Brent Wisner discusses the recent governmental report that many popular baby foods contain toxic metals such as arsenic. Brent, an all star attorney if there ever was one, has taken the lead (once again) in this major public interest litigation against the food companies that have knowingly produced and sold baby food for years with toxic metals. Listen to this episode to show how this latest tragedy has unfolded and how babies and newborns with developing brains cannot process these metals and unfortunately result with brain damage that can cause autism. Yes, my holiday shows are arriving but not all will bring us joy. This one needs serious attention for those with newborns and concerned about what they are putting in their newborns mouths. And to see all of Brent's accomplishments, awards, famous cases, and yes how to reach him if you are interested in more information on this issue, here is his bio.