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Husband testifies how mesothelioma has crippled his wife

Dean J. Mcelroy cried when he told a California jury how his wife Teresa Leavitt was the life of the party, how she coached their daughters’ volleyball team even though she didn’t know how to play. He talked about how her outgoing personality complemented his reserved demeanor. “Terry saved me from a life of loneliness,” he said. But in 2017, everything changed when Leavitt went to the doctor with back pain. He discovered a baseball-sized tumor in her chest. It was mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure that develops in the lining of internal organs. She ... Read More

J&J subpoenaed over concerns about asbestos in talc

Johnson & Johnson was hit by subpoenas from the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding safety concerns with its talcum powders. The consumer health care giant says it plans to comply with the subpoenas, which were revealed in an annual report filed with the SEC, as well as with Sen. Patty Murry’s request last month that it produce documents related to whether its talcum powders, including its signature Johnson’s Baby Powder, contain cancer-causing asbestos. The requests for information come after a December Reuters investigation that revealed internal documents showed the company was aware for decades ... Read More

Attorneys General petition EPA to require reporting of asbestos

The Attorneys General of 14 states and the District of Columbia petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue an asbestos reporting rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to obtain necessary information regarding the importation, manufacturing, processing, distribution, use and disposal of cancer-causing asbestos. The petition comes as the EPA, under the Trump administration, announced a significant new use rule that will allow for new uses of asbestos, a fibrous mineral that was widely used in construction, shipbuilding, and friction materials. Its use was restricted in the United States in the 1980s. It had been known for decades ... Read More

Little can be done for children exposed to asbestos at preschool

The effects of asbestos exposure in children who attended a preschool at McGill Hall at the University of Montana (UM) won’t be known for another 10 to 40 years, and “there is nothing medically that can be done for them on an immediate time frame,” other than avoiding additional asbestos exposure, said Paul Smith, a pediatric pulmonologist. In December, a technician discovered crumbled asbestos in an air system that serves three offices in McGill Hall. Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used in building materials like insulation until the 1980s, when health risks associated with asbestos exposure were better ... Read More

FDA investigating allegations of asbestos in talc

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into the possibility that cosmetics containing talc may be contaminated with asbestos and will “take appropriate actions to protect consumers,” the agency told SELF magazine. SELF posed the question, “How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?” in a recent issue of its online magazine. The story follows a Reuters investigation in December that revealed that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that its talcum powder products may have been contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos, but the company never informed federal regulators nor did it warn ... Read More

Study focuses on most effective treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) awarded a research grant to detect gene mutations in specific subtypes of peritoneal mesothelioma in hopes of identifying already available therapies for these patients as well as developing new screening tools. The study, led by Waqas Amin, M.D., with the University of Pittsburgh, will analyze three histological subtypes (epithelioid, biphasic and sarcomatoid) in peritoneal mesothelioma to find the most significant gene mutations for better characterization and identification of genetic variants. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure. Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common type of the disease, affecting ... Read More

Imerys dropped from talc trial a day after bankruptcy announcement

A California judge told a jury hearing testimony in the latest case to go to trial alleging a link between Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder and a woman’s mesothelioma diagnosis that J&J’s talc supplier was no longer a defendant in the case, and that they should not speculate as to why. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman made the announcement a day after Paris-based Imerys SA reported that three of its subsidiaries had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy – including Imerys Talc America, which was named in the case – citing the more than 14,600 lawsuits the company faced ... Read More

Imerys files for bankruptcy amid mounting talc litigation

Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an effort to protect itself against more than 14,600 lawsuits in the U.S. that claim its talc causes cancer. Imerys Talc Vermont and Imerys Talc Canada Inc., also filed for bankruptcy. All three are subsidiaries of Paris-based Imerys SA. The filing will enable the companies to establish a trust to fund current and future claims. All lawsuits against the company involving cancer claims will also be centralized under one judge. “After carefully evaluating all possible options, we determined pursuing Chapter 11 protection is the best ... Read More

Tens of thousands of asbestos fibers found in majority of talc samples

A scientist who heads a company that specializes in detecting microscopic asbestos fibers in samples of talc said he found up to 55,000 fibers of the carcinogenic mineral per gram in six out of seven samples from a Korean talc mine, which means that a 10-ounce bottle of talcum powder could contain as much as 14 million asbestos fibers, Law360 reported. The scientist, William Longo, is an electron microscopist who serves as president of Material Analytical Services, a company that specializes in finding near-invisible bits of asbestos in various samples. His equipment is highly sensitive – far more so than ... Read More

Widow awarded $5.1 million for husband’s asbestos-related death

Fisher Controls International LLC was hit with a $5.1 million verdict by a South Carolina jury that found the company’s asbestos-containing valves were the cause of a deceased employee’s fatal mesothelioma. Thomas Harold Glenn worked as a pipe fitter and instrumentation technician at various Duke Energy power plants, including three nuclear power plants, for 27 years from 1970 to 1997. As part of his job, Glenn would remove and inspect pumps and valves from pipelines, and often worked with gaskets that contained asbestos, as well as around others who were replacing valves made by Fisher. In late 2014, Glenn was ... Read More