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Asbestos conference registration is open

Registration is now open for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)’s 15th annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, scheduled for April 5-7, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The conference brings together experts, survivors, unions and lawmakers from nearly 20 countries to connect and share the latest information about education, advocacy, and community support efforts to ban the mining, import, export, sale and use of asbestos in order to eliminate asbestos-related diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of internal organs. The event is the only annual asbestos conference ... Read More

First Roundup trial in MDL will be split into two phases

The first three bellwether trials in a multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California blaming an ingredient in the weed killer Roundup for causing cancer will be split into two phases. The first phase of the trials will focus on whether the ingredient glyphosate caused the plaintiffs’ cancer and, if so, the second phase will proceed to determine Bayer’s liability. The order was handed down by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, granting a request by Bayer to separate the issues in the case of Edwin Hardeman. The order will apply to Hardeman’s bellwether trial, ... Read More

Jury shown traces of talc and asbestos in mesothelioma victim’s lungs, lymph nodes

Teresa E. Leavitt’s mother trusted Johnson & Johnson when the company promoted its Johnson’s Baby Powder as safe enough for babies, so she used the talcum powder liberally on Leavitt from the time she was a baby in the 1960s. Teresa continued to use the powder as a young woman, dusting it on her hair and face. Now Leavitt is suing Johnson & Johnson alleging the powder was contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos, and left her with a deadly disease that is expected to take her life within the year, Law360 reports. She claims that the consumer health care giant knew ... Read More

Imerys can’t escape latest talc meso lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, tried to worm its way out of the latest case in the growing talc litigation, but U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson shot down the company’s bid. Carrie and Mark Youse filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court against Johnson & Johnson as well as Imerys alleging that the talc used in Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talcum powder products contained asbestos, which contributed to Carrie Youse’s mesothelioma diagnosis. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen and chest. It is caused by exposure ... Read More

Couple sues companies for failing to warn about asbestos risks

A Belleville, Illinois couple are suing dozens of companies that used products that contained asbestos alleging that exposure to the carcinogenic material caused one of them to develop terminal cancer. The companies were negligent for failing to warn about the health risks associated with asbestos, the suit claims. Georgann Keener and her husband Richard filed the lawsuit in St. Clair (Illinois) County Circuit Court in December against several companies that Mrs. Keener had worked for beginning in 1972. Her lawsuit claims that she was exposed to and inhaled microscopic asbestos fibers that emanated from some of the products that were ... Read More

EPA rejects NGOs petition to increase reporting of asbestos

A petition by a group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to amend the chemical data reporting rule (CDA) in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to increase reporting on the cancer-causing mineral asbestos was rejected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The petition, filed last September, argued that current uses of asbestos under the act are “limited, vague and incomplete,” and that more reporting of its use would provide a more accurate picture of its usage. “Without adequate information on ongoing importation and use of asbestos and asbestos-containing products, the risk evaluation will fail to provide a meaningful picture of the ... Read More

BC workgroup offers recommendations to keep people safe from asbestos

British Columbia’s Ministry of Labour is proposing a wide range of actions to improve how asbestos is handled and disposed of in order to protect workers and the public from health hazards posed by the carcinogenic mineral. Representatives from the ministries of labour, environment and energy, health, and municipal affairs and houses, and the provence’s workers compensation agency WorkSafeBC prepared the report titled “Keeping Workers, the Public and the Environment Safe from Asbestos” with input from the construction industry, contractors, workers and employers, homeowners, local governments, and local unions. The workgroup identified broad and specific concerns about the abatement of ... Read More

Bayer to lay off 12,000 employees, including a third in Monsanto division

Agra Pharma giant Bayer AG, which acquired Monsanto in June 2018, will lay off about 12,000 employees in the New Year, most of which will take place in Germany where the company is based. A third of those layoffs are expected to be in the Monsanto plant science division. The announcement was made in late November, just months after a California jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who sued Monsanto alleging exposure to the company’s Roundup weed killer contributed to his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. The award was later reduced to $78 million. Since then, Bayer’s stock has tumbled. ... Read More

Chemical linked to cancer found in most Americans’ bodies

Ninety-three percent of Americans have a probable cancer-causing chemical in their bodies, according to a first-of-its-kind comprehensive project conducted by the University of California. For the study, researchers collected urine samples on 131 individuals across the country, in both rural and urban environments, and found that the vast majority of their urine samples showed evidence of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. The chemical has been widely used in the United States and around the world for more than four decades. Its popularity skyrocketed after Monsanto genetically modified seeds to be resistant to glyphosate, allowing crops to flourish ... Read More

Detroit contractor faces stiff consequences for ignoring asbestos removal laws

A Detroit, Michigan-based contractor was permanently banned from city contracts after knowingly demolishing a home that contained asbestos without properly removing it, posing a health risk to workers and those in close proximity, according to the Detroit Free Press Den-Man Contractors had been the subject of a probe by Detroit’s Office of Inspector General, an independent agency that investigates claims of waste and fraud. According to Detroit Building Authority documents, Dave MacDonald, a former employee with Den-Man, directed the demolition of a home in a blighted neighborhood in Detroit despite having received emails from an abatement contractor who urged him ... Read More