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Jury told J&J knew its talc was contaminated with asbestos

The environmental health scientist who opened and ran an asbestos laboratory for the state of New York for more than 30 years beginning in the late 1970s told a California jury last week that based on studies he’d seen over the past three decades, it was “clear” that potentially millions of cancer-causing asbestos fibers were nestled in each gram of talcum powder allegedly used in Johnson & Johnson products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder, Law360 reports. “The testing I have seen (shows) that (asbestos) was present at least as early as 1971 and up through the ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson will pay for $4.69 billion talc verdict one way or the other

Last July, Johnson & Johnson was hit with a staggering $4.69 billion verdict – one of the largest jury awards in the country – over claims that its Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talcum powder products contain asbestos – a known carcinogen – and contributed to the ovarian cancer diagnoses of 22 women. The news sent the company’s stock into its biggest annual share loss in a decade. But the company may never pay a dime of that verdict. The consumer health care giant is appealing the massive verdict. Its chances of seeing the award slashed or even stricken completely ... Read More

Trump EPA pick proposes new uses for cancer-causing asbestos

Former coal-industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fielded questions from senators at his confirmation hearing this week about his position on key actions he’s taken in the past six months as acting EPA chief, actions that forward Trump’s agenda of deregulating industries that harm the environment. Wheeler became acting director of the EPA in July when Scott Pruitt resigned, but was formally nominated to the position last week. With Republicans holding a 53 to 47 majority in the Senate, it is expected he will be confirmed. “There is no more important ... Read More

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

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

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

Jurors’ multi-billion verdict against J&J was punishment for violating public trust

“If trusted corporations deceive the American people, they need to be punished – not because their products cause cancer – but because they must be held accountable if people believe they have violated the public trust,” said Milton Packer, M.D., in an editorial in MedPage Today. Dr. Packer posed the question, “Why did a jury deliver a $4.69 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson,” and side with 22 women who sued the company alleging its Johnson’s Baby Powder contained cancer-causing asbestos that contributed to their ovarian cancer diagnosis? Dr. Packer’s theory? “The verdict had little to do with whether talc ... 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