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Bayer’s Roundup woes are becoming toxic

Bayer AG continues to fight claims that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, causes cancer. But one thing not up for debate: Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto last June has been toxic to the German multinational company. According to Spiegel Online, Bayer is desperately working to salvage its business by selling off business divisions and laying off employees. Bayer AG’s leader, Bayer CEO Werner Baumann stands by his company’s decision to buy the agribusiness giant, saying he would buy it again “without any ifs, ands or buts.” The herbicide has been around since the 1970s and is the ... Read More

Benzene Exposure Lawsuit Filed By Industrial Mechanic

A West Virginia man allegedly suffering from years of benzene exposure has filed a negligence lawsuit against multiple companies, claiming they exposed him to benzene on the job but never warned him about its toxicity. David Hyre, an industrial mechanic, filed the complaint in Kanawha (West Virginia) Circuit court, the West Virginia Record reports. He names as defendants CRC Industries, Safety-Kleen Systems, Radiator Specialty Company, United States Steel Corporation, and E. L. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Mr. Hyre’s lawsuit alleges that the defendant companies manufactured, marketed, supplied, sold, and distributed products containing benzene, a chemical that can trigger ... Read More

Women’s mesothelioma cases also linked to asbestos exposure

In a recent trial, as Johnson & Johnson attempted to dismiss claims brought by one of thousands of women that its talcum powder products contain asbestos and contributed to their cancer diagnoses, the consumer health care giant reached a new low, says asbestos-ban advocate Linda Reinstein in an editorial in Rewire.News. “They called an expert witness to testify – not only that their product didn’t cause plaintiff Rosalind Henry’s mesothelioma, but that the majority of women’s mesothelioma cases were not attributable to asbestos exposure. I was shocked,” Reinstein writes. “This attempt to diminish and dismiss women’s asbestos exposure in a ... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Revive Trinity Industries Guardrail Case

Trinity Industries will no longer have to fend off a $663.4 million judgment against it after the nation’s top court rejected a whistleblower’s bid to revive a 2014 jury verdict accusing the guardrail manufacturer of defrauding the government. The U.S. Supreme Court Justices declined to hear whistleblower Joshua Harman’s final appeal to leave the dangerous-guardrail judgment intact after it had been tossed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans in 2017, according to Reuters. Mr. Harman sued Trinity Industries in 2012 under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, alleging that the Texas-based manufacturer defrauded the ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson will pay for $4.69 billion talc verdict one way or the other

Last July, Johnson & Johnson was hit with a staggering $4.69 billion verdict – one of the largest jury awards in the country – over claims that its Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talcum powder products contain asbestos – a known carcinogen – and contributed to the ovarian cancer diagnoses of 22 women. The news sent the company’s stock into its biggest annual share loss in a decade. But the company may never pay a dime of that verdict. The consumer health care giant is appealing the massive verdict. Its chances of seeing the award slashed or even stricken completely ... Read More

Monsanto tries to skirt bellwether trials in Roundup MDL

A scant six weeks before the first bellwether case goes to trial alleging Monsanto failed to warn consumers that its weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that has been linked to cancer, the company told the California federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation (MDL) that consumers’ failure to warn claims are preempted by federal insecticide law. Citing the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, attorneys for Monsanto filed a motion for summary judgement claiming that the company cannot change its labeling or the formulation of its weed killer without approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Monsanto’s attorneys further argued ... Read More

U.S. Attorney General Nominee Vows to Uphold False Claims Act

Stepping back from previous criticism of the False Claims Act, William Barr, Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, pledged he would stand by the law that authorizes whistleblowers to sue on behalf of the U.S. government and American taxpayers. Mr. Barr, who served as the attorney general in President George H.W. Bush’s administration from 1991 to 1993, once described the False Claims Act as an “abomination” and displayed an appetite to challenge the law, which he viewed as unconstitutional. In 1989, Mr. Barr wrote that the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act replaced the Judicial Department’s prosecutorial discretion ... Read More

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

Imerys can’t escape latest talc meso lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, tried to worm its way out of the latest case in the growing talc litigation, but U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson shot down the company’s bid. Carrie and Mark Youse filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court against Johnson & Johnson as well as Imerys alleging that the talc used in Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talcum powder products contained asbestos, which contributed to Carrie Youse’s mesothelioma diagnosis. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen and chest. It is caused by exposure ... Read More

Injured Truck Driver Drops Jimmy Buffett From Negligence Complaint

Singer Jimmy Buffett and his signature company Margaritaville have been released from a negligence complaint filed by a truck driver who was severely injured on the job. The complaint, filed by truck driver Mary Kay Puckett, will still pursue damages from Live Nation Entertainment and MGM Resorts, according to The Blast. Ms. Puckett states in her negligence lawsuit that she was hired to transport set pieces and equipment for Jimmy Buffett’s Oct. 15, 2016, show at the MGM in Las Vegas, past of his “I Don’t Know” tour. When she arrived at the venue a crew member verbally accosted her, ... Read More