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U.S. Supreme Court to hear Merck appeal of Fosamax cases

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider an appeal by Merck & Co. of a Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that revived a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving the company’s alleged failure to warn about the risk of thigh fractures with its osteoporosis drug Fosamax. Merck and plaintiff Doris Albrecht, who is representing more than 1,000 plaintiffs in the MDL, are sparring over whether Merck can be held liable for failing to warn consumers of femoral fracture risk with Fosamax when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected the company’s bid to add a warning to the safety label of ... Read More

Benzene exposure linked to cognitive problems

People exposed to chemical fumes such as benzene at their workplace may suffer from memory and cognitive problems years later, according to a study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. For the study, researchers gauged lifetime exposure of more than 2,000 French national utility workers to chlorinated solvents, petroleum solvents, and benzene. Chlorinated solvents are used in dry cleaning solutions, engine cleaners, paint removers and degreasers. Petroleum solvents can be found in carpet glue, furniture polishes, paint, paint thinners, and varnish. Benzene is used to make plastics, rubber, dye, detergents and other synthetic materials. ... Read More

Dump truck involved in crash had history of violations

A dump truck involved in a serious multi-vehicle crash in northwest El Paso, Texas, had a history of safety violations and mechanical problems, according to an investigation by KFOX14. In April, the driver of an In N Out Transportation dump truck, which reportedly transports dirt and gravel in its truck beds, lost control of the vehicle while heading west on Transmountain Road, crashing into other vehicles before careening down Interstate 10 west where it collided with other vehicles along the way. One of the vehicles struck by the dump truck was pushed into oncoming traffic and was hit by an ... Read More

Imerys settles talc claims made by 22 women

Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier Imerys Talc America has agreed to settle claims brought by 22 women who alleged the company’s talc was contaminated with asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The terms of the settlement were not revealed, but people close to the matter said the company agreed to pay at least $5 million. Imerys also didn’t acknowledge that its talc was tainted or contributed to the women’s cancer. The settlement comes just as the latest trial begins accusing Johnson & Johnson and Imerys of knowingly selling talc laced with the carcinogenic mineral asbestos. Talc is mined ... Read More

Benzene among dangerous chemicals in water at Marine camp

People serving or residing at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from the 1950s through the 1980s were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents including benzene, a known carcinogen, and may qualify for VA benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs has linked the chemicals in the water to eight conditions – adult leukemia, aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and Parkinson’s disease. Active duty, reserve, and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for 30 cumulative days or more from Aug. 1, ... Read More

Judge urges superior court to uphold $70 million Risperdal verdict

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick, who oversaw the 2016 trial that ended with a $70 million award for a child who claimed the antipsychotic drug Risperdal disfigured him, urged the Pennsylvania Superior Court to uphold the verdict saying the multimillion-dollar award was within the jury’s discretion. “Upon consideration of the evidence presented at the trial and the damages sustained by the plaintiffs, this court believes that the jury’s findings should not be disturbed,” Judge Patrick said. Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals appealed the verdict to the Superior Court, arguing that the verdict was excessive. It was ... Read More

British women at risk for talc-related cancer

Thousands of middle-aged British women could have a deadly form of cancer caused by regular genital use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene during their teens, a U.K. attorney warned. “It’s a massive scandal and is only going to get bigger,” he told MailOnline. The solicitor referenced recent litigation in the United States where consumers have sued manufacturers of talc-containing products alleging regular and long-term of the products have caused ovarian cancer or asbestos-related mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and other internal organs. In one such case, a New Jersey ... Read More

Ikea faces another toddler death lawsuit

Eighteen months after Ikea paid $50 million to settle three wrongful death lawsuits involving its dressers tipping onto toddlers, the popular furniture manufacturer is facing yet another lawsuit involving the same issue. Joleen and Craig Dudek of Buena Park, California, are suing Ikea U.S. Retail LLC in Pennsylvania state court in Philadelphia County, alleging they were not adequately warned by the company that its Malm dressers could tip over. On May 24, 2017, Craig Dudek says he found his 2-year-old son pinned between the drawers of a Malm dresser that had fallen on top of him. Craig started CPR, which ... Read More

ME man settles lawsuit against employer after amputation

A Maine man who lost two fingers during an accident at the ocean-based salmon farm where he was employed, has settled a lawsuit with the company for an undisclosed sum. Jesse Redman, 24, sued True North Salmon US Inc., and Cooke Aquaculture USA Inc., in October 2016 seeking more than $1 million in lost earnings, medical expenses and pain and suffering. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Bangor. The amount of compensation Redman received from the company wasn’t revealed, but all parties agreed that Redman suffered a significant workplace injury and that the settlement fairly compensates ... Read More

Florida deputy saves toddler from hot car

Seminole county Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Dunn credits saving a 3-year-old girl to being in the right place at the right time. Dunn responded to a call on June 17 from a woman who said her car and daughter were missing. She reportedly took her three children to the liquor store the night before. When he found the car, its engine was not running and the windows were rolled up. Inside, the toddler was strapped in her seat smothering in the Florida heat and drifting in and out of consciousness. Dunn recalls that he “opened the door, and just a hit ... Read More