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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

Next Roundup trial to begin Feb. 25

When the next lawsuit alleging Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma goes to trial next week, the first phase will delve into the scientific evidence. But what the plaintiff’s attorneys can’t say in that portion of the trial is that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) intergovernmental agency on cancer research classifies Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Last month, District Judge Vince Chhabria, who oversees about 680 cases in the federal litigation involving Roundup claims, split the trial into two parts. The first phase will focus on whether plaintiff Edward Hardeman’s cancer diagnosis was caused by his ... Read More

Cal/OSHA fines contractors for Twin Peaks Tunnel death

Two contractors were cited by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) for numerous safety violations during a job at the Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco that led to the August 2018 death of a signal technician. Shimmick Construction Co. Inc., of Oakland, and Con-Quest Contractors Inc., of San Francisco face $65,300 in fines for violations that led to the death of Patrick Ricketts, 51. Ricketts and others working in the Twin Peaks Tunnel were reportedly under a time constraint the day Ricketts was killed. According to the report, a worker was using a rail crane to ... Read More

Pilot in Deadly SoCal Plane Crash Had Fake Cop ID

Authorities investigating a plane crash that killed five people and destroyed a suburban California home earlier this month say the pilot was in possession of fake papers indicating he was a retired Chicago police officer. Pilot Antonio Pastini, 75, who owned a sushi restaurant in Carson City, Nevada, and a number of other restaurants, departed Fullerton Municipal Airport on Feb. 3 and flew about 10 miles when his Cessna 41A broke apart and burst into flames in the air. Parts of the airplane were scattered across four blocks of a Yorba Linda neighborhood, but the largest part of the plane ... Read More

India states restrict use, sale of Roundup herbicide

The government of the India state of Kerala on the tropical Malabar Coast has banned the sale and use of Monsanto’s Roundup and all other weed killers containing glyphosate, and ordered that pesticides be sold only by prescription from a government agriculture official. The decision comes just months after government officials in India’s Punjab announced it would ban the sale and use of all weed killers containing glyphosate, citing its “harmful effects on human health.” Punjab’s Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee recommended in June that the herbicide be used only in tea gardens and non-crop areas. Since the state has ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Driver Arrested In Deadly California Collision

An allegedly intoxicated tractor-trailer driver who caused a deadly six-vehicle pileup in Orcutt, California, will face at least two criminal charges, investigating authorities say. On Feb. 7, Gilbert Pena, 56, was driving a tractor-trailer on Highway 135 southbound in Orcutt when his truck slammed into the back of a Nissan sedan, killing 60-year-old Orcutt resident Rickie Motley and his passenger, 24-year-old Solvang resident Jesse Donald Gluyas. The collision drove the Nissan into four other vehicles causing a pileup that injured two other people. The California Highway Patrol doesn’t know why Mr. Pena drove his tractor-trailer into the cars, but an ... 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

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

Canadian parliament member calls for independent safety review of glyphosate

Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) Carol Hughes is pressing the Canadian government to conduct an independent review of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, to determine the effects of the herbicide on users and whether the chemical can cause cancer. “There was a presentation made at a meeting I recently attended, and one of the lawyers on hand had argued the case in the U.S. that their client, a groundskeeper, had been exposed to the herbicide glyphosate in Roundup and has terminal cancer. It is believed it is caused by years of his exposure to glyphosate,” said ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $8.1 Million from California Hospital Group

A whistleblower lawsuit accusing a Los Angeles-based hospital group of engaging in unlawful financial arrangements has led to an $8.1 million settlement with the U.S. Government. Avanti Hospitals LLC and six of its owners agreed to pay the U.S. $8.1 million to settle whistleblower allegations that they violated the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Physician Self-Referral Law (also known as the Stark Law), and the False Claims Act. The lawsuit, filed by Dr. Joshua Luke, the former CEO of Gardena Hospital, alleged that Avanti, Gardena Hospital, and at least two other Avanti affiliates bribed a high-referring physician with payments that exceeded the ... Read More