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Benson & Bingham to Litigate Roundup Cancer Claims in Nevada

May 15, 2019
Source: Internal Release

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If you or a loved one has developed cancer after working with Roundup you may be eligible for a Roundup cancer claim against the manufacture, Monsanto. For years many homeowners, landscapers and farmers used roundup to kill weeds. However, in 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for research on cancer determined that glyphosate based herbicides such as Roundup are carcinogens. Exposure to this product or having direct contact with this product may cause cancer such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia. The manufacture of Roundup, Monsanto has been found to have participated in fraudulent and falsified roundup cancer studies. Many critics have indicated that Monsanto intentionally concealed information to mislead the public.

Americans who have been diagnosed with cancer possibly linked to the use of Roundup are filing claims against the manufacture. During the most recent trial which took place in San Francisco, a jury awarded a husband and wife over $2 billion in damages against Monsanto. There are currently thousands of other claims across the country. As individuals are learning of the Roundup cancer connection between the use of Roundup and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, more and more people are coming forward with the cancer lawsuits daily.

The attorneys at Benson & Bingham understand the very serious nature of Roundup cancer claims. We are currently working with national council to represent Nevadans who have been exposed to Roundup and have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer contact us today as time is running out. We will provide you with a no-cost, no obligation case review. Our team of attorneys can evaluate your potential claim and discuss your legal options.

Established in 2003, Benson & Bingham is a Nevada accident, injury and workers' compensation law firm with four law offices in the State: Downtown Las Vegas, Summerlin, Henderson and Reno. Benson & Bingham believes client satisfaction is paramount, maintaining this practice from initial consultation until verdict or settlement of the case.

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Benson & Bingham File Wrongful Death Suit for Las Vegas Apartment Fire Victim's Parents

March 28, 2019
Source: Internal Release

Benson & Bingham was retained by the parents of Myriam Hernandez Estrada, a 26-year old woman that was tragically killed in an apartment fire at the Solaire Apartments complex in Las Vegas last year. Benson & Bingham has filed a wrongful death suit against Westland Real Estate, the owners of Solaire Apartments due to apparent negligence and reckless maintenance of the apartments. This wasn't the first fire at the Solaire complex, with 14 reported fires in 2017 and three reported fires in 2018, the location was a known fire threat.

The Las Vegas Valley has seen a sharp rise in apartment fires this decade, many of which are exacerbated by not enough fire safety precautions in place. One of the issues is that apartment owners are only required to maintain fire codes that were in place at the time of the building's construction. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal's expose Valley of Fire regarding fire safety in rapidly aging apartment complexes:

Since 2008, 141 fires have killed 159 people in the Las Vegas Valley. Of those fires, the majority happened in older areas, where single-family homes and apartments — depending on when they were built — aren’t required to have modern safety measures and can go several years between fire inspections.

The fire appears to have come from a stretch of attic space above the apartments, although the cause of the fire wasn't determined by the Clark County Fire Department. Besides ill equipped fire remediation, the cramped quarters of the apartment complex and overall design of the structure made it more susceptible to fire risk. Unfortunately, Clark County government officials are prevented from citing apartment complexes due to antiquated laws regarding safety codes at aging buildings in the region. The fact the building had caught fires over 17 times from 2017-2018, with questionable repairs and maintenance following the incidents, only makes this tragic event even harder to fathom.

Managing Partner Joseph Benson was quoted by the Las Vegas Review Journal regarding the circumstances leading to the death of Ms. Estrada:

“We can’t prevent ALL fires. They happen. But could something have been done in terms of safety measures, preventative maintenance? I think so.”

Established in 2003, Benson & Bingham is a Nevada accident, injury and workers' compensation law firm with four law offices in the State: Downtown Las Vegas, Summerlin, Henderson and Reno. Benson & Bingham believes client satisfaction is paramount, maintaining this practice from initial consultation until verdict or settlement of the case.

Family of Roy Scott Hires Benson & Bingham to Investigate Police Conduct in his Tragic Death

March 08, 2019
Source: Internal Release

Benson & Bingham has been retained to investigate and represent the family of deceased 65-year-old Las Vegas resident Roy Scott after he tragically passed away in police custody. Last Sunday morning, Roy Scott contacted the Las Vegas Police Department to request assistance at his home concerning suspicious activity by three men outside his residence at the Sunrise Garden Apartments. Mr. Scott, who suffered from schizophrenia, answered his door when police arrived with a pipe and cell phone in his hand, apparently distraught over what was happening outside his home. Police ordered him to drop his weapons; he complied, however what ensued after this is to be determined. What is known is that he was handcuffed, pressure applied to his head, and he was taken into police custody where approximately one hour later he had “health issues,“ and passed away in the ambulance. Police have already stated the “excited delirium,” a term not recognized by the AMA, caused the need for the police apprehension. It is unknown whether any asphyxiation or head trauma resulted in the death. Given the medical episode evidenced by the police body cam it is uncertain whether medical treatment was warranted earlier.

Mr. Scott's daughter, a California resident, is now represented by Benson & Bingham; given the situation, a potential 42 USC 1983 "color of law" claim may be filed if the conduct of the officers rose to the threshold of unconstitutional—conduct that shocks the conscience. The arresting police officers, Theodore Huntsman and Kyle Smith, who recently joined the force were placed on administrative leave while the case is further investigated. The situation is sad no matter how it happened, but will be fully investigated. Upon receipt of the Clark County Coroner’s Office autopsy report, the official cause of death will be ascertained; given the large gash on his head, suspicions of fowl play have not been ruled out.

Established in 2003, Benson & Bingham is a Nevada injury, accident and workers' compensation law firm committed to client happiness and success. The law firm has four offices in Nevada: Downtown Las Vegas, Summerlin, Henderson and a newly opened office in Reno, Nevada where customer service and satisfaction are paramount. Stay tuned for more updates as they continue to develop. Any lawsuits will be filed in US District Court, Southern Division, Clark County Nevada.

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