SOURCE: Law Offices of Robert H. Weiss, PLLC

December 01, 2008 12:12 ET

The Law Offices of Robert H. Weiss Appointed to Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in Bisphenol-A Multi-District Litigation

JERICHO, NY--(Marketwire - December 1, 2008) - On November 25, 2008, Honorable Ortrie D. Smith of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Western Division, appointed The Law Offices of Robert H. Weiss, PLLC, to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in In re Bisphenol-(BPA)Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1967, along with six other law firms. Nearly thirty cases were filed nationwide against the top baby bottle manufacturers for their use of Bisphenol-A in their baby bottles and toddler training cups and many of these cases were transferred to MDL No. 1967. The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee will head the litigation against defendants such as Philips Electronics North America (Avent America, Inc. its subsidiary), Evenflo Company, Inc., Gerber Products Company, and Playtex Products, Inc.

Bisphenol-A, also referred to as "BPA," was developed in the 1930s as a synthetic estrogen, but instead gained wide usage beginning in the 1950s for its rigid and shatterproof qualities in scores of plastic products, including baby bottles and children's training cups. Unfortunately, over 150 independent peer reviewed studies by the world's leading scientists and researchers in this area have repeatedly shown that BPA can activate estrogen receptors that lead to the same effects as the body's own estrogens. Exposure to BPA (even at very low doses) has been linked to prostate and breast cancer, diabetes, premature onset of puberty in females, lowered sperm count and infertile sperm in men, developmental toxicity, attention deficit disorders and neurological toxicity in laboratory animals.

BPA is also classified as an endocrine disruptor, which can interfere with or disrupt the finely orchestrated balance of hormones that are active during critical periods of the development and formation of the brain and sexual organs in the fetus, infants or young children who have been identified as being particularly vulnerable and therefore are at an even greater risk to the harmful effects of BPA.

Robert H. Weiss is committed to protecting our infants and will not stop until the infants of America are no longer used as laboratory subjects for testing the safety of high volume chemicals like BPA. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office at (516) 876-4213.