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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

U.S. Attorney General Nominee Vows to Uphold False Claims Act

Stepping back from previous criticism of the False Claims Act, William Barr, Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, pledged he would stand by the law that authorizes whistleblowers to sue on behalf of the U.S. government and American taxpayers. Mr. Barr, who served as the attorney general in President George H.W. Bush’s administration from 1991 to 1993, once described the False Claims Act as an “abomination” and displayed an appetite to challenge the law, which he viewed as unconstitutional. In 1989, Mr. Barr wrote that the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act replaced the Judicial Department’s prosecutorial discretion ... 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

Gillette’s #MeToo ad cuts both ways

Gillette, the razor maker, launched a two-minute-long ad in advance of the Super Bowl, hoping to cash in by supporting the #MeToo movement. And while the ad has garnered words of support from advocates like actress Jessica Chastain for bringing tears to her eyes, the video, which has generated more than 14 million views on YouTube, is getting more than twice as many dislikes than likes. Many of the ad viewers are vowing to boycott the razors. “I’m researching every product made by Proctor & Gamble, throwing any I have in the trash, and never buying of them again until ... 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

Demolition foreman killed on the job by snapped cable

A 64-year-old Miami resident serving as the foreman for a demolition of an old General Motors plant outside Wilmington, Delaware, died Friday after being struck in the head and body by a cable that snapped while lowering steel beams. The victim, identified as Paul Leary, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is working with state police to determine why the cable snapped and if Leary’s death could have been prevented. Leary worked for Atlantic Coast Dismantling. The GM site where the accident occurred is owned by developers Harvey Hanna & Associates. The company ... 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

Contractors Cited for Wisconsin Gas Explosion

Federal authorities investigating a natural gas explosion that destroyed a city block of downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and killed a business owner have faulted two utility contractors, alleging they failed to follow proper safety procedures before drilling underground lines. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assessed one serious penalty each for Kansas-based Bear Communications and VC Tech of Michigan and proposed the maximum allowable fine of $12,934. Verizon contracted Bear Communications to run fiber optic cable lines under the city. Bear Communications subcontracted VC Tech to perform horizontal directional boring – a technique used in laying underground lines without ... Read More

Whistleblowers Say Colorado’s Revenue Dept. Wasting Millions of Taxpayer Dollars

Whistleblowers within the Colorado Department of Revenue say that waste, incompetence, and mismanagement in the agency are costing state taxpayers millions of dollars. The Denver Channel’s Contact 7 says it received a letter in a Colorado Department of Revenue envelope from “Concerned Colorado Department of Revenue Employees, Taxpayers, & Citizens of Colorado.” The whistleblowers pointed to “Climate Surveys” that assess the atmosphere within the agency by compiling anonymous feedback from Tax Division employees. “It is very important you get the results of these surveys … to understand the level of internal strife caused by the incompetence and mismanagement of resources ... Read More

Speed Was a Factor in Deadly Arkansas Charter Bus Crash, Authorities Say

The driver of a charter bus that sped off the highway and rolled into a drainage ditch last month, killing a 9-year-old boy and injuring dozens of others, was driving too fast for conditions, Arkansas authorities said. The charter bus, owned by Flannigan Tours of Southaven, Mississippi, but leased to Scott Shuttle Services, was transporting a youth all-star football team from Dallas home to Memphis when the crash occurred. Arkansas State Police say the charter bus was traveling east on Interstate 30 on Dec. 3. Driver Eula Jarrett, 65, attempted to get off the highway at the 111 exit ramp. ... Read More