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Don’t Be Fooled By Defunding Treat Against World Health Organization

The White House recently suggested that it might “put a hold” on funding for the World Health Organization [“W.H.O.”], purportedly because the agency mischaracterized the COVID-19 outbreak in China. This claim should not distract anyone from recognizing the negative effects any defunding of W.H.O. would have or seeing the more likely and disturbing motives behind the White House threat.

W.H.O. is a specialized agency of the United Nations employing hundreds of scientists and medical experts. Its mission is to maximize the ability of all humans to live in health. One of W.H.O’s most important components is the International Agency for Research on Cancer [“IARC”]. IARC sponsors research and analyzes data gathered in scientific studies on the causes of cancer. Among its functions is the classification of chemicals according to their cancer-causing potential. Significantly, it relies on independent research, largely avoiding “experts” paid by industrial concerns and trade associations bent on downplaying the toxicity of their chemicals and preventing their regulation.

IARC has been in the forefront of identifying the carcinogenicity of many dangerous chemicals often encountered in toxic tort and environmental litigation, including benzene, diesel exhaust, trichloroethylene [“TCE”] and, more recently, PFOA, the toxic compound that, because it was unregulated for decades, is now found in nearly every American’s blood, and in vast portions of the country’s drinking water.

Defunding W.H.O.—and thereby hamstringing IARC—would only protect the profits of corporate polluters and advance the promotion of irresponsible environmental deregulation, blunting national and international efforts to prevent cancer. No one should be deceived into supporting such a harmful move.

 

Gerald J. Williams

Williams Cedar, LLC

www.williamscedar.com

WILLIAMS CEDAR PHYSICAL LOCATIONS: NOTICE TO OUR CLIENTS, COLLEAGUES AND VENDORS: CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

WILLIAMS CEDAR PHYSICAL LOCATIONS: NOTICE TO OUR CLIENTS, COLLEAGUES AND VENDORS: CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

In order to protect the health and safety of our staff and clients, and in compliance with directives from the governors of New Jersey and Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, our physical offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield will be closed for an indeterminate time, in an effort to help halt the spread of the corona virus.

Please be assured that, during our physical absence, our team will remain working remotely (at home) and “virtually” on behalf of our clients, and will keep them informed of any developments in their cases. We will return phone calls as quickly as possible. Clients, co-counsel, referral counsel and opposing counsel can also communicate with our attorneys through email:

Samuel Abloeser : sabloeser@williamscedar.com | David Cedar : dcedar@williamscedar.com
Beth Cole : bcole@williamscedar.com | Diane Fenner : dfenner@williamscedar.com
Shauna Friedman : sfriedman@williamscedar.com | Kevin Haverty : khaverty@williamscedar.com
Chris Markos : cmarkos@williamscedar.com | Alan Sklarsky : asklarsky@williamscedar.com
Jerry Williams : gwilliams@williamscedar.com

We will notify you when we are able to return to our physical offices. In the meantime, feel free to contact us. We remain on the job! We wish you the best of Health as we weather this crisis together.

THE LAWYERS AND STAFF OF WILLIAMS CEDAR