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Court reinstates railroad worker’s emotional distress claims against employer

A railroad worker identified only as M.M. claims she was exposed to toxic diesel and exhaust fumes while on the job, and though medical testing didn’t reveal she suffered any health issues from the fumes, she claims the incident caused emotional distress and filed suit against her employer, Port Authority Trans Hudson Corp, according to the New Jersey Law Journal. M.M. says that as a signal designer for Port Authority, she was overcome by the dangerous fumes while working in a railroad tunnel in December 2012. She fainted and was taken to the hospital. A CT scan didn’t reveal any ... Read More

Judge discourages individual screenings of potential Roundup jurors

Monsanto shouldn’t individually screen jurors “as if it were a death penalty case,” for two upcoming bellwether trials involving consumer claims that its herbicide Roundup caused their cancer, a California judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation (MDL) said. Instead, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria suggested that the parties screen a pool of about 500 potential jurors to see if they were able to commit about a month of their time to sit for the trials, and that the parties come up with questions that the court could send the potential jurors before questioning them as a group. Attorneys for Monsanto raised ... Read More

J&J agrees to settle many Invokana side effects lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to settle a large number of lawsuits pending in a multidistrict litigation in New Jersey accusing the company’s diabetes drug Invokana of causing kidney failure, diabetic ketoacidosis or amputations, according to the New Jersey Law Journal. A settlement fund is expected to be ruled on by Nov. 19. It’s unclear how many of the more than 1,000 cases are included in the settlement, but attorneys say more settlements are likely. Bellwethers from the multidistrict litigation were set to go to trial as early as January 2019, but those orders were ... Read More

J&J settles lawsuit alleging Risperdal caused boy to grow breasts

Johnson & Johnson and its unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals have agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a Mississippi family that claimed the companies’ antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused their son to develop breasts, a disfiguring condition known as gynecomastia, according to Law360. The announcement came just days before the case was slated to go to trial in Pennsylvania state court. The settlement follows a Superior Court ruling in January during which a global order barring punitive damages on gynecomastia claims with Risperdal in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas was upended. Suddenly faced with the potential of  punitive damages, Johnson ... Read More

Expedited trial sought for elderly couple alleging Roundup caused cancer

Attorneys for an elderly couple alleging Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup gave them both cancer asked a California judge to expedite their trial date, arguing that the longer the couple waits, the more unlikely they will be to participate in their own trial due to the “chemo brain” effects of their treatment, according to Law360. The lawsuit involves the case of Alva Pilliod, 76, and Alberta Pilliod, 74, who are fighting to have their case tried before Feb. 8 due to their advanced age and failing health. If a speedier trial is granted, the Pilliod’s trial could be the second of ... Read More

U.S. Injects $320 Million into Fighting Opioid Crisis

The U.S. government is expanding its fight against the nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction by dumping nearly $320 million in programs and causes it believes will beat back the drug crisis. The U.S. Department of Justice made its announcement on the first day of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, saying the “unprecedented funding will directly help those most impacted by the deadliest drug crisis in American history, including crime victims, children, families and first responders.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the giant investment will fund prevention efforts, treatment and enforcement – the three aspects of the opioid crisis on ... Read More

Monsanto, Bayer ask court to rethink $289 million Roundup verdict

Bayer AG and its newly required Monsanto asked a California court to throw out the $289 million verdict against it involving its Roundup weed killer or, at the very least, substantially reduce the damages, arguing that the evidence in the case does not support such a massive verdict, Law360 reported. In August, a jury found that Monsanto’s herbicides Roundup and Ranger Pro contributed to the terminal cancer diagnosis of a school groundskeeper, DeWayne “Lee” Johnson, and that the company did not adequately warn him of the dangers the weed killer posed. The jury awarded $39.25 million in compensatory damages and ... Read More

Mesothelioma victim deserves $29 million for using J&J talc

Attorneys for a woman who claims that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products are contaminated with asbestos and contributed to her mesothelioma diagnosis said in closing arguments that the consumer health care giant and its talc supplier should pay the woman $29.2 million plus punitive damages because they sold talc products to consumers knowing they were tainted with cancer-causing asbestos. The Pasadena, California trial involving the case of Carolyn Weirick and her wife Elvira Escudero also names Imerys Talc America, Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier. Defense attorneys argue that the companies are not to blame because the women’s case is ... Read More

Price Gouging Laws In Effect As Hurricane Florence Barrels Into the Carolinas

Hurricanes bring widespread destruction with them but they also bring out the best of human nature when residents and communities pull together to help each another recover. Unfortunately, hurricanes can also reveal the shady side of some individuals and businesses when they take advantage of a hurricane or other crisis to inflate prices excessively. Price-gouging takes many forms, from a $10 gallon of gas to thousands of dollars for a tree removal. As Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas, government officials urged residents to report any instances of price gouging they encounter. “My office is here to protect North ... Read More

J&J released from mesothelioma lawsuit

Days before a trial was to begin in a case of a man accusing several companies, including Johnson & Johnson, of exposing him to dangerous asbestos, which he claims contributed to his mesothelioma diagnosis, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss his claims against the consumer health care giant. The man’s lawsuit alleged that J&J’s talcum powder products were contaminated with asbestos. Attorneys for Dwaine Waters and his wife Janice refused to say whether the Waters had reached a settlement with Johnson & Johnson. As of Monday, no such stipulations were made against the other defendants in the case, which include J&J ... Read More