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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.


Mentor Maryland Inc., a private foster care placement agency located in Salisbury, Maryland is facing allegations of neglect, lack of oversight, and problems in staff selection and training that have resulted in the sexual abuse of numerous children. Along with the facility, a former guardian, Stephen Merritt, was charged and indicted for allegedly sexually abusing seven boys inside his residence. Merritt, along with other family members, ran Last Chance Farm, a property where they all earned money for raising at risk foster children. The victims claim that the abuse occurred over a period of several years and that the Mentor Maryland agency failed to take appropriate action to protect them despite having knowledge of the alleged misconduct. Up until this incident, Merritt and his wife were still licensed as foster parents. In this personal injury case, the victims argue that the foster care placement agency failed to adhere to recognized standards by neglecting to conduct regular home visits, supervise the children, or address complaints against Merritt. They claim that Mentor breached its duty to protect and supervise the minors, consequently failing to provide them with a safe living environment at a time when they were most vulnerable. 

Our experienced team of lawyers is dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual abuse in Maryland throughout the legal process. We understand the sensitive and complex nature of these cases, and we provide compassionate and personalized assistance to each client. Our lawyers have a deep understanding of the laws and regulations related to sexual abuse, as well as the unique dynamics involved in these cases. We will work closely with you to gather evidence, investigate your claim, and build a strong case on your behalf. Our lawyers will guide you through the legal proceedings, handle all necessary paperwork and filings, and advocate fiercely for your rights and interests. We will tirelessly pursue justice, seeking fair compensation for the harm you have endured, and holding the responsible parties accountable for their actions. Throughout the entire process, our lawyers will provide support, empathy, and understanding, ensuring that your voice is heard and your interests are protected.

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Maryland has a statute of limitations that allows survivors of sexual abuse to come forward and file a lawsuit 20 years after the victim reaches the age of 18. The legislation also created this window during which any survivor can file a civil lawsuit against their abuser or the institution responsible. These laws aim to protect the rights and well-being of victims while promoting a safer and more just society for all. These changes reflect a recognition of the long-lasting impacts of sexual abuse and aim to provide survivors with a greater opportunity for justice and healing. It is important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney to understand the specific application of the statute of limitations to your case and to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact us today to learn more or to file your claim easily. We are her for anyone who has been sexually abused after being placed in foster care by Mentor Maryland Inc., or while in the care of Stephen Merritt, you may have legal rights to compensation. Contact us today for a Free Claim Review by filling out the form above or calling (631) 490-8378. 

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