Thornton Law Firm has strengthened its nationally-known toxic exposure and birth defects practice with the addition of trial lawyer David Bricker, who joins the firm as of counsel. He was previously a partner with the Los Angeles office of Waters & Kraus, where he chaired their Birth Injury practice.
The Firm is also pleased to announce the establishment of their new office, located at 9430 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 400, Beverly Hills, California; telephone number (310) 282-8676; facsimile (310) 388-5316. Mr. Bricker will manage Thornton Law Firm’s new California office.
“David Bricker is an accomplished attorney who will complement and expand our birth defects practice in California and across the country,” said Michael Thornton, founder and chair of Thornton Law Firm. “A skilled litigator, he also has the ability and the relationships to grow the firm’s business. We’re happy to have David Bricker on board.”
Mr. Bricker brings with him more than 25 years of litigation experience, having successfully tried complex cases in both state and federal court. Mr. Bricker’s fields of expertise include toxic exposure and birth injury litigation, asbestos exposure litigation, products liability litigation, professional negligence litigation, railroad liability, elder and dependent adult abuse, general business litigation and bankruptcy litigation.
“I have always been impressed with David’s dedication to his clients and his reputation in the legal community,” said David Strouss, head of Thornton Law Firm’s toxic exposure and birth defects practice. “We have tried cases together as co-counsel and I look forward to working hand in hand with him as we represent our clients, children and families who have suffered life-altering birth defects through no fault of their own, in seeking justice and compensation for those injuries.”
“David has been working with us on some of our asbestos mesothelioma cases over the last few years, and I look forward to having him as a permanent member of our team,” said Andrew Wainwright, who manages the firm’s asbestos trial practice.
“David’s vast trial and litigation experience fortifies our ability to give our clients the highest level of representation in these complex and technical birth defect cases.” commented Garrett Bradley, Managing Partner of Thornton Law Firm. “The combination of David Bricker and David Strouss, who has litigated and tried birth defect cases for more than 30 years, is a real coup and solidifies our reputation as a national leader in this field.”
Mr. Bricker is admitted to practice law in the states of California, Illinois and Massachusetts. In addition, he is admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Northern District of California, the Southern District of California, the Eastern District of California, the Central District of California, the Northern District of Illinois, and the District of Massachusetts. He holds a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a B.A. in Political Science from Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
Thornton Law Firm was founded in 1978 by Michael Thornton doing groundbreaking work for victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Now the leading injury law firm in Massachusetts and the largest plaintiff law firm in New England, the firm has 21 attorneys representing thousands of clients in a wide variety of plaintiff-side work. For four decades, Thornton Law Firm has fought the asbestos industry, the lead paint industry, the tobacco industry, manufacturers of dangerous chemicals, pesticide makers, big Pharma, big banks, and insurance giants. Thornton Law Firm was one of the first firms in the county to represent families of children born with birth defects caused by chemical exposures in the workplace, and has been instrumental in securing multimillion dollar recoveries for families with children who suffered serious birth defects from their parents’ exposure to chemicals and agricultural pesticides.
Overshadowed by the continuing debate over the government shutdown is the apparent fate of legislative protection of companies responsible for genetically modified organisms (“GMO”). In March of this year, a last-minute clause added to a government funding bill created a furor by protecting GMO companies, like Monsanto, from responsibility for any harm arising from their GMO products. As it now stands, the “Monsanto Protection Act,” as it came to be called, will expire in the middle of December. The latest round of discussions in the Senate aimed at averting a government shutdown did not include any version of the “Monsanto” provisions. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) had lobbied forcefully against the GMO loopholes. The Monsanto Protection Act would have prevented the Secretary of Agriculture from taking any action to prevent harm from genetically modified organism crops, even when there was evidence of harm. GMO seeds and crops have been linked to environmental and human health concerns, as well as threatening existing non-GMO crops that may be planted in proximity to GMO products. In August of 2013, the journal Nature published a story that showed GMO crops can pass their genetic modification to weeds growing with or near the GMO crops. When this occurs, the weeds become resistant to herbicide, reducing crop yield.
According to testing groups, the current percentage genetic modification of certain mainstay U.S. crops is astonishingly high. 90% of canola, 88% of corn, 90% of cotton, 94% of soy, and 95% of sugar beets are estimated to be genetically modified. In addition, raw GMO crops are also the main source of other products, like aspartame, vitamin C, citric acid, high-fructose corn syrup, MSG, sucrose, xanthan gum, and vitamins, among others. 60 countries, including all countries in the European Union, Australia, and Japan, have enacted significant restrictions on the use and sale of GMO products, or an outright ban. Currently in the U.S., there is no labeling requirement that identifies the presence of GMO products. Some products, however, have voluntarily certified that they are “non-GMO.”
Monsanto is the largest seed company in the world. In the 1990s, it began testing a GMO strain of wheat called MON 71800. Tested between 1998 and 2005 by Monsanto, the product was never marketed in the United States. Farmers were concerned about the risk of foreign markets refusing U.S. wheat shipments due to stricter foreign regulations. Despite these events, a strain of genetically modified wheat was found this year growing on a farm in Oregon. After testing, the wheat was identified as MON 71800. As a result, Japan suspended its import of American wheat. The source of the GMO wheat in Oregon is unknown at this time, but Monsanto has alleged that its presence was the result of sabotage. Monsanto also manufactures the weed killer Round-up, which, along with its GMO Round-up resistant seeds, accounts for approximately half of Monsanto’s business.
Thornton Law Firm has represented consumers and governments affected by toxic and environmental harm for 40 years. The firm’s lawyers have fought the tobacco, lead paint, asbestos, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries successfully on behalf of individual and class clients. If you have questions about your legal rights, call Thornton Law Firm at 888-491-9726 today and a lawyer will be happy to speak with you and answer your questions.