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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

Contaminated stem cell injections sicken at least a dozen people

At least a dozen people in three states have developed bacterial infections after getting injections derived from stem cells from umbilical cord blood for ailments like joint and back pain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. All 12 patients who became sick were hospitalized – three of whom were admitted for a month or more. To date, none of the patients have died. Seven patients were from Texas, four from Florida, and one in Arizona. The patients were sickened by five different types of bacteria, including E. coli. “These are not the organisms you want in your ... Read More

Home Depot Whistleblower Files Retaliation Complaint

A former Home Depot employee is suing the national DIY retailer alleging it fired him in retaliation for calling out illegal hazardous waste dumping practices. James Girsch , 65, of Escondido, California, filed a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against Home Depot Nov. 29 in San Diego Superior Court. The former Home Depot paint department supervisor says he was one of the whistleblowers who reported that Home Depot centers in California were “routinely and systematically sending hazardous waste to local landfills that were not permitted to receive those wastes, and were tossing documents containing sensitive customer information into store trash bins, potentially ... Read More

Bayer to lay off 12,000 employees, including a third in Monsanto division

Agra Pharma giant Bayer AG, which acquired Monsanto in June 2018, will lay off about 12,000 employees in the New Year, most of which will take place in Germany where the company is based. A third of those layoffs are expected to be in the Monsanto plant science division. The announcement was made in late November, just months after a California jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who sued Monsanto alleging exposure to the company’s Roundup weed killer contributed to his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. The award was later reduced to $78 million. Since then, Bayer’s stock has tumbled. ... Read More

Massachusetts Boosts Tobacco Sales Age to 21

With the New Year comes a new Massachusetts state law boosting the minimum age for the purchase of all tobacco products, including vaping products, to 21. The new law comes on the heels of data showing that teens are turning to vaping in alarming numbers, rolling back decades of progress in reducing smoking rates among U.S. youth. Considering that nicotine is harmful to the developing brains of people 25 and younger, it may be surprising to know that the new law makes Massachusetts just the sixth state to restrict the sale of tobacco products to individuals 21 years or older. ... Read More

Government shutdown complicates aviation accident investigation

An investigation into a plane crash on the American River near Discovery Park in Sacramento, California, that injured two people, is hitting roadblocks because of the government shutdown. When a plane crash occurs in a river, it would typically be handled by the Coast Guard. But Sacramento County’s Regional Parks Department is handling the investigation and evidence-gathering because, due to the shutdown, both the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which investigates the cause of accidents, are unavailable. “We do not frequently have plane crashes into the river, so it is outside the norm most definitely, Sacramento ... Read More

Chemical linked to cancer found in most Americans’ bodies

Ninety-three percent of Americans have a probable cancer-causing chemical in their bodies, according to a first-of-its-kind comprehensive project conducted by the University of California. For the study, researchers collected urine samples on 131 individuals across the country, in both rural and urban environments, and found that the vast majority of their urine samples showed evidence of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. The chemical has been widely used in the United States and around the world for more than four decades. Its popularity skyrocketed after Monsanto genetically modified seeds to be resistant to glyphosate, allowing crops to flourish ... Read More

PG&E Could Be Tried for Murder for Wildfires, Attorney General Says

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), California’s largest utility, may be charged and tried for murder or manslaughter if investigators find it operated its equipment in a “reckless” manner that sparked the deadly wildfires that swept through the state in 2017 and 2018, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told a federal judge. The Attorney General’s statement about the besieged utility, which faces monumental lawsuits and fines stretching back to the 2010 San Bruno gas explosions that killed eight people and injured several others, was submitted to a federal judge in a legal brief last month. According to The Sacramento Bee, Attorney General ... Read More

Wells Fargo Pays $575 Million To Settle Customer-Fraud Allegations

Wells Fargo will pay $575 million to resolve claims in all 50 states and the District of Columbia alleging the San Francisco-based bank violated consumer protection laws by opening millions of fake bank accounts for its customers. The bank also agreed to measures that will give its customers an extra level of protection by creating a customer restitution program, an announcement of the Dec. 28 agreement explained. Any Wells Fargo customers who haven’t been reimbursed through the restitution programs already in place at the bank can turn to a bank escalation team for relief. The settlement resolves claims that Wells Fargo ... Read More

California Considers Breaking Up PG&E Over Safety Concerns

California regulators said they are considering breaking up Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the state’s largest utility company, into smaller units as the company has been linked to gas pipeline explosions, massive wildfires and mismanagement. The California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) announcement came a day after state senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) called for a PG&E shakeup. Sen. Dodd, who has been a PG&E ally and wrote legislation that would help the utility pay for lawsuits filed in the wake of the 2017 wine-country wildfires, said “PG&E has demonstrated a pattern of poor management and illegal conduct that has shattered lives ... Read More