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April 2022: The MDL Paraquat class action judge will have a status conference on April 1st to review where the litigation is headed and how best to take the bellwether lawsuits forward for trial in November 2022. 44 new paraquat lawsuits have been added to the MDL in the last two weeks. At this pace, April 2022 will be the busiest month for new files yet. Last week, the parties filed their class-action bellwether picks with the Paraquat MDL judge. Those choices, however, have not been made public.

May 2022: In the last month, over 50 new cases have been added to the Paraquat Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). A group of six patients was recently selected by the Paraquat MDL court for the initial Paraquat Parkinson's disease bellwether trials. As a result, the first trial in November 2022 is approaching soon. The strategy is to select 16 paraquat claims from among the almost 1000 Parkinson's disease litigation claims filed. Following some limited fact discovery in these instances, paraquat attorneys on both sides submitted a preference list to the MDL court, ranking the 16 cases in order of priority. Attorneys for plaintiffs seek the finest facts for their clients, while defense attorneys want the worst. The judge whittled the list down to six Paraquat claims based on these rankings.


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Child sexual abuse is underreported in part because parents, school employees, and victims' friends fail to recognize the warning signs. Abuse can happen to both girls and boys and can range from rape to touching, groping, or slapping. It most commonly occurs in school restrooms, playgrounds, classrooms, school transportation, and field trips. Many of the tell-tale signs of sexual abuse are confused with bullying or other behavioral issues, further complicating matters and explaining why it is underreported. The behavioral signs to look for are also heavily influenced by the child's age. Many states have changed their laws to make sexual assault claims in civil court exempt from the statute of limitations. The growing body of evidence demonstrating that school officials were aware of the abuse and attempted to cover it up has made the private school system themselves possible defendants in these cases. We represent victims abused by staff or authoritative school officials. Anyone who was sexually abused by a staff member of Backbone Mountain Youth Center in Maryland should contact us today for a Free Claim Review. 

We represent victims who were sexually abused, assaulted, or neglected by staff members of Backbone Mountain Youth Center in Maryland. If you or a loved one has been sexually or physically abused by a staff member, please contact us today for a Free Claim Review. Seek the justice and compensation deserved.

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Backbone Mountain Youth Center has emerged as the facility with the highest rate of reported sexual abuse cases in the United States. The center, which caters to the needs of young individuals, has experienced a distressing prevalence of such incidents, prompting concerns and alarm. This exposure emphasizes the urgent need for a comprehensive reassessment of the center's policies, practices, and oversight to ensure the safety and protection of the youth it serves. The alarming findings prompted the state Department of Juvenile Services to launch an independent investigation into the allegations. 

According to the report from the U.S. Justice Department, four out of eleven youths at the Backbone Mountain Youth Center in Maryland reported being sexually abused by either staff members or other youths within the past year. This rate of abuse, 36.4 percent, was the highest among the 195 surveyed detention centers across the country. The study also showed that approximately 12 percent of youths in state-run, privately run, or local facilities nationwide reported some form of sexual victimization, with rates varying significantly between different facilities. The victimization included forced sexual activity with other youths as well as any sexual activity involving staff members. 

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services officials expressed shock upon learning about the findings. They claimed that they had not received any substantiated complaints of sexual abuse at Backbone Mountain and had only received one such allegation since 2007. They emphasized their commitment to taking the issue of sexual abuse of juveniles seriously and ensuring that any allegations are reported to the appropriate authorities.