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Woman fights to revive putative class action against J&J

A woman asked the Third Circuit to revive her putative class action lawsuit against consumer healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson, arguing that she would not have bought the company’s talcum powder if she had known it could put her at risk for developing ovarian cancer. Plaintiff Mona Estrada hasn’t developed cancer, but claims she suffered economic damages because she never received the “benefit of the bargain” when she purchased Johnson’s Baby Powder through the years. Estrada filed the lawsuit in April 2014 against Johnson & Johnson in California federal court, but the case was dismissed in March 2015 because she ... Read More

73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More

CA sues toddler formula makers for excessive lead in products

Nutraceutrical Corp. and Graceleigh Inc., were hit with a lawsuit by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra over claims that the companies’ toddler formulas contained dangerously high levels of lead – 14 to 16 times higher than state requirements for businesses to issue lead exposure warnings. Natraceuticals, which makes Peaceful Planet Toddler Supreme, and Graceleigh, which makes Sammy’s Milk Free-Range Goat Milk Toddler Formula, agreed to stop selling their products in California after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the attorney general earlier this month. Becerra called the issue “a parent’s worst nightmare. Toddler formula should contain nutrients that help children grow, ... Read More

FDA takes action against company selling ‘Ebola-preventing’ hand lotions

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants Innovative BioDefense Inc., and Colette Cozean, the company’s president and chief executive officer, to stop selling Zylast topical antiseptics – hand sanitizers, hand washes and lotions that claim to prevent infections like the norovirus, rotavirus, flu, MRSA and Ebola. Not only are the claims outrageous, the products have not been proven safe or effective for these uses, the agency cautioned in a News Release. “Despite being warned by the FDA about their unproven claims, this company has continued to market their products as a tool for preventing infection from serious disease-related pathogens, without ... Read More

Trial begins for 22 women who say J&J talc caused ovarian cancer

Twenty-two women who say longtime use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products contributed to their ovarian cancer diagnoses have been given their day in court with both sides giving opening arguments to the jury seated in the St. Louis Circuit Court. The women say that the cosmetic-grade talc used in Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder was contaminated with asbestos, and that Johnson & Johnson was aware of this but failed to warn consumers. Instead, the company persuaded women to sprinkle the powder on their genitals daily for feminine hygiene, per its popular product jingle: “Shower ... Read More

Tesla Settles Class Action Over ‘Dangerous’ Autopilot System

Owners of Tesla Model S and Model X cars who alleged the Autopilot system in their vehicles was “essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous” have settled a class-action lawsuit with the California automaker. According to Reuters, Tesla agreed to allocate $5 million to a settlement fund that will partially compensate Model S and Model X owners who file a claim for the allegedly worthless feature. Owners of the vehicles claimed they spent an extra $5,000 to have their vehicles equipped with Tesla’s Autopilot system, which the company claimed on its website would make driving safer with capabilities such as automated emergency ... Read More

Lithium-Ion Batteries Triggering Fires In Waste Facilities, Trucks

Lithium-ion batteries that have been improperly disposed of are causing costly fires in garbage trucks, recycling facilities, and other waste management operations across the U.S. The number of consumer devices that draw their power from rechargeable lithium-ion batteries has proliferated in recent years, yet many consumers are not aware of the inherent risks these powerful batteries pose. “Even when they’re at the end of their useful life, they have a small charge and can start a fire. That can be a real problem,” Rethink Waste Executive Director Joe La Mariana told the Half Moon Bay Review. Mr. Mariana’s San Mateo, ... Read More

Whistleblower Case Leads To $114 Million Judgement Against Ex-Diagnostic Lab CEO, Others

Three whistleblower lawsuits played a key role in a $114 million judgment against Health Diagnostics Laboratory CEO LaTonya Mallory and two other individuals who allegedly co-conspired to pay physicians kickbacks for patient referrals and causing the submission of false claims to Medicare for diagnostic tests that patients didn’t need. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the government intervened in the whistleblower lawsuits and consolidated them in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina. During a two-week jury trial, federal prosecutors presented evidence that Ms. Mallory and co-defendants Floyd Calhoun Dent III and Robert Bradford Johnson paid kickbacks to doctors disguised ... Read More

Nashville’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Sickens At Least 14

Public health authorities in Tennessee say an outbreak of hepatitis A in the state has sickened at least 14 people in the Nashville area. The outbreak is one of a multitude of recent outbreaks ongoing nationwide, some of which have become unusually virile. Although the number of confirmed hepatitis A cases in Tennessee seems small, officials say the Nashville outbreak is almost certainly larger than it seems because the virus can exist dormant and undetected in the body for several weeks. This allows the highly contagious virus to spread exponentially among a population while health authorities search for sources. “However ... Read More

Foundry Worker Meets Amputation Team That Saved His Life

A California foundry worker who underwent a double-leg amputation on the job after being caught in a screw conveyor in August 2017 was recently reunited with the emergency team that helped extricate the man from the machinery and save his life. According to the University of Southern California News, Hector Ruiz had climbed into a confined space to unjam a screw conveyor at the Alhambra iron foundry where he worked. He had finished the job but crawled back into the space to retrieve a tool. At the same time, another worker powered on the machine. “It was too late” Mr. ... Read More