Law Offices of
Danialpour & Associates
At the law offices of Danialpour & Associates, we are committed to providing personalized legal representation in class action, consumers claim, product liability, injury claim and toxic tort cases. We take on every claim with a personally tailored approach, incorporating integrity and zealous representation. Our legal team has established a well-respected reputation within the legal community.
Various state and federal laws exist to protect consumers from being unfairly taken advantage of by those engaged in providing products or services. A class action allows an individual consumer or business to file a complaint on behalf of all others injured by a particular behavior or product. Class actions allow groups to pursue claims that would otherwise be too expensive, or too small to pursue on an individual basis. In many cases, particularly against large companies, the only reasonable way for consumers to protect their rights is through a class action.
Typically, consumer class actions involve consumer product defect or defective product, mass disasters, or misconduct such as the use of fraud, improper billing, illegal contract terms, or other business practices that mislead consumers for the purpose of profiting at the expense of consumers. This kind of misconduct, even when done on a small scale can lead to large profits for a company, while leaving those injured feeling as though the wrong was too small to file a lawsuit over. Examples of misconduct which can form the basis for a class action are: defective product, manufacturing defect or inadequate warning, deceptive sales practices (including false advertising, bait-and switch tactics, and improper practices in the sale of insurance contracts); illegal charges when billing consumers; illegal waiver of rights provisions in form contracts; and other unfair contract provisions in contracts given to consumers.
Regardless of how cautious or mindful one maybe, accidents happen all the time and in a blink of an eye everything could change. We serve a wide range of clientele, ranging from auto accidents, motorcycle accidents to wrongful death cases. In particular, there are numerous fatalities each year due to someone else’s negligence. While our job is to zealously representing the surviving family through the legal system, we see each of our clients as our family members. Our dedicated teams are fully committed to exceed each injured victim’s expectations.
Environmental & Toxic Liability
Exposure to toxic chemicals can cause life-threatening injuries or even death. In some cases, injuries require immediate medical attention upon exposure. In other cases, injuries do not manifest until decades later. A common misconception is that the only way that a person can be injured by a toxic chemical is by direct physical contact. To the contrary, injuries can also be caused by inhalation, ingestion and through transdermal exposure.
A wide range of injuries and damages can result from toxic exposures, depending entirely on the type of toxin involved. For example, benzene exposure can cause leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood-related diseases. Exposure to solvents can lead to neurological damage. Asbestos exposure is known to lead to mesothelioma and other cancers. Silica exposure can cause severe lung damage.
Other carcinogenic and toxic substances that can cause cancer, birth defect or other reproductive harm include lead, cadmium, arsenic, acrylamide, phthalate, BPA, etc at dangerous levels in consumer products, food and drinking water. However, because injuries from toxins may take years to develop, and those who were exposed may take a long time to track down to gather information, the case can take much longer than typical injury cases.
If you have been exposed to a toxin that has made you sick, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of income, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses, and more.
Roundup is a widely-used herbicide that was developed by agrochemical giant Monsanto in the early 1970s. While popular in the agricultural community due to its ability to kill weeds without harming crops, Roundup and other glyphosate-based products are also used on residential lawns, school campuses, and public parks in many countries around the world.
Following a statement released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) labeling glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015, the health risks and environmental impacts of Roundup have been called into question. Roundup not only has the potential to jeopardize human health, but it also poses a risk to livestock, wildlife and ecosystems in the areas surrounding where the weed killer is sprayed.
Human Health Risks
Roundup has the potential to harm anyone who handles or uses it, such as farmers, groundskeepers, gardeners, and homeowners. More than 13,400 consumers have filed lawsuits against Monsanto and Bayer AG, claiming years of consistent Roundup use have led to the development of their respective forms of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, B-cell lymphoma, and leukemia. Three prominent cases have resulted in courtroom losses for Monsanto to date; the trial timeline is listed below.
May 2019: Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a married couple in their 70s, were awarded $2 billion by a California jury who found their cancer diagnoses were caused by many years of Roundup use. The Pilliods claimed that Monsanto failed to warn consumers of the health risks associated with spraying Roundup, and argued that the company did not properly label its weed killer to warn customers that protective gear, such as long pants and gloves, were necessary to stay safe while handling the product.
March 2019: A U.S. jury awarded $80 million in damages to Edwin Hardeman, who claimed years of exposure to Roundup caused his cancer. In the first federal Roundup case against Monsanto, Hardeman explained that he used the herbicide for years to treat poison oak, overgrowth, and weeds on his property. After five days of deliberation, a six-person jury ruled in favor of Hardeman, concluding that Roundup played a substantial factor in the plaintiff’s development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
August 2018: A San Francisco jury found that Monsanto failed to warn consumers of the potential dangers that stem from Roundup use, and subsequently awarded school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson $282 million. The jury learned that Johnson had regularly sprayed Roundup on the school property where he worked, and was even covered in the herbicide on several occasions when it accidentally spilled on his body. Johnson’s legal team argued that Roundup had caused his terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Glyphosate has also been discovered in detectable amounts in a variety of food items, which puts everyday consumers at risk of exposure to this deadly substance. The Environmental Working Group recently discovered that 21 oat-based cereal and snack products, including popular breakfast cereal Cheerios, contained trace amounts of glyphosate. The other products tested include several varieties of Cheerios flavors and General Mills’ Nature Valley products.
Many countries around the world have banned Glyphosate. In July 7, 2017, Glyphosate was listed by California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) as a chemical known to the state to cause cancer. The OEHHA also established a Safe Harbor Level – No Significate Risk Level (NSRL) for Glyphosate at 1100 ug/day.
Law Office of Danialpour & Associates
357 S Robertson Blvd. STE 400
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Tel: (310) 444-0055
Fax: (310) 444-0066