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A federal court jury in San Francisco awarded more than $80 million to a man who used Roundup for more than 26 years before being diagnosed with terminal cancer.  The six-member jury awarded the man $200,000 for economic damages and more than $5 million for pain and suffering.  An additional $75 million was awarded in punitive damages by the jury, finding that the Monsanto Co. had acted with "malice or oppression" in concealing the legal dangers of Roundup - the world's most widely used herbicide.  

Roundup® Lawsuits: Thousands of Montana Farmers & Landscapers Could Be At Risk

Farmers, agricultural workers, landscapers, and others across the country who use the popular weed killer Roundup have become ill in recent years. Some have even died. Coincidence? A Northern California groundskeeper who developed terminal cancer after using the world's most popular herbicide didn't think so. Neither did the San Francisco jury that ordered Roundup's manufacturer, Monsanto (recently acquired by Bayer) to pay $78 million in damages. Most recently, on March 19, 2019, a federal jury in San Francisco found Roundup was a substantial factor in causing a California man's cancer. After five days of deliberation over the scientific evidence presented at trial, the six-person jury unanimously concluded that the man had developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) from exposure to the weed killer. The trial on liability and damages will now move forward.


Car accident claims are often very time-consuming and complex.  Insurance companies have extensive resources, complex software programs, and experienced claims adjusters and investigators working on their behalf.  To ensure your claim is managed properly and that you receive the maximum recovery possible, you or someone on your behalf must have claims experience, knowledge of Montana laws, resources, and organizational skills.

Obtaining a Knowledgeable and Experienced Attorney is Essential in Every Montana Personal Injury Case

Paoli Law Firm works diligently to uncover all of the insurance coverage available to victims of motor vehicle crashes and will achieve the best possible results for our clients.  At Paoli Law Firm, we have a complete understanding of insurance policies and insurance coverage and how those provisions work together with Montana Law.

The main auto coverages available in Montana include:

·         Liability

·         UM - Uninsured

·         UIM - Underinsured

·         Medical Payments - Med Pay

·         Umbrella

Paoli Law Firm 'Bags Sand'

IMG_1513 edit.jpgTo help our fellow Missoulians in unfortunate times, we rallied together Friday morning (5/18/2018) and contributed to the volunteer effort by filling sand bags. Team Rubicon, a veteran-founded disaster relief organization, coordinated the flood response effort in Missoula. They reported over 2,000 volunteers lent a hand to mitigate the damage to flood victims. We'd like to thank the folks at Team Rubicon for coordinating the response, as well as all the thousands of volunteers who spent time helping.

Destruction of Evidence - Spoliation in the Trucking Industry

Trucking companies are required to keep certain records for a specific period of time prescribed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FCMCA).  The FMCSA Regulations specifically list categories of records and specific documents that motor carriers must keep and strict rules on how long the information must be preserved.  Pursuant to the FMCSA, categories of items that must be preserved by motor carriers include:

Fatigued Tractor-Trailer Drivers are Recklessly Dangerous

Paoli Law Firm CMYK.jpgThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicates that "long daily and weekly hours are associated with an increased risk of crashes and with the chronic health conditions associated with lack of sleep." The FMCSA implements hours of service (HOS) regulations with the goal of reducing the possibility of truck driver fatigue-related crashes.  To advance this effort, the FMCSA Regulations limit when and for how long drivers of commercial motor vehicles are allowed to drive in a given period.

Paoli Law Firm Committed to Community Service

The attorneys and staff at the Paoli Law Firm are committed to supporting and volunteering with organizations and non-profits in the Missoula community and statewide.  We believe it is our obligation to assist these groups, organizations, and individuals who need a hand with their daily endeavors or their good work throughout our community and state.  Paoli Law Firm has worked with and has contributed extensively to many organizations, groups, and individuals; primarily those who work with disadvantaged, disabled or at-risk children, teenagers and young adults.

Paoli Law Firm has volunteered, sponsored and contributed to many local, state, and national organizations, including:

  • Missoula Youth Homes: Cares for children who are facing abuse, neglect, emotional trauma and substance abuse problems.
  • Watson's Children's Shelter: Dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing environment for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment or family crisis.
  • Child Development Center: Provides family-focused support services to youth with developmental delays and disabilities in western Montana.
  • Montana Down Syndrome Association: Advocating for people with Down syndrome as well as providing educational, financial, social, and emotional support.
  • Keenan's Kids Foundation:  Committed to charity, community awareness and child advocacy.
  • CASA of Missoula: Court Appointed Special Advocates working on behalf of abused and neglected children.
  • The Poverello Center: Provides food, shelter, help, and hope to Missoula, Montana's homeless and underserved.
  • Missoula Food Bank: Leading the movement to end hunger in our community through activism, volunteerism and healthy food for all.
  • Missoula Art Museum: Serves the public by engaging audiences and artists in the exploration of contemporary art relevant to the community, state and region.
  • Garden City Harvest - Grows food with and for individuals with low income, offers education and training in agriculture, and works towards personal restoration of youth and adults.
  • Trout Unlimited - Works to conserve, protect and restore North America's cold water fisheries and  their watersheds.
  • Montana Land Reliance - Works to preserve Montana lands to sustain agriculture, wildlife, and fisheries for generations to come.
  • YMCA - Provides programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.  The YMCA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of the people it serves by offering programs that serve the needs of our community.
  • Many local high school and college sports teams including softball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, football, and golf.  We believe there are many benefits for children and young adults who participate in sports including exercise, development of teamwork and leadership skills, respect, social interaction, and a sense of belonging.
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