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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

J&J subpoenaed over concerns about asbestos in talc

Johnson & Johnson was hit by subpoenas from the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding safety concerns with its talcum powders. The consumer health care giant says it plans to comply with the subpoenas, which were revealed in an annual report filed with the SEC, as well as with Sen. Patty Murry’s request last month that it produce documents related to whether its talcum powders, including its signature Johnson’s Baby Powder, contain cancer-causing asbestos. The requests for information come after a December Reuters investigation that revealed internal documents showed the company was aware for decades ... 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

Imerys files for bankruptcy amid mounting talc litigation

Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an effort to protect itself against more than 14,600 lawsuits in the U.S. that claim its talc causes cancer. Imerys Talc Vermont and Imerys Talc Canada Inc., also filed for bankruptcy. All three are subsidiaries of Paris-based Imerys SA. The filing will enable the companies to establish a trust to fund current and future claims. All lawsuits against the company involving cancer claims will also be centralized under one judge. “After carefully evaluating all possible options, we determined pursuing Chapter 11 protection is the best ... Read More

Tens of thousands of asbestos fibers found in majority of talc samples

A scientist who heads a company that specializes in detecting microscopic asbestos fibers in samples of talc said he found up to 55,000 fibers of the carcinogenic mineral per gram in six out of seven samples from a Korean talc mine, which means that a 10-ounce bottle of talcum powder could contain as much as 14 million asbestos fibers, Law360 reported. The scientist, William Longo, is an electron microscopist who serves as president of Material Analytical Services, a company that specializes in finding near-invisible bits of asbestos in various samples. His equipment is highly sensitive – far more so than ... Read More

Jurors told J&J knew its talc could cause lung diseases, asphyxiate babies

The medical community has known since 1922 that inhaling talcum powder can lead to the lung disease talcosis and could even asphyxiate babies, yet Johnson & Johnson never warned consumers of its other talc-containing products of this risk. Instead, even after learning that asbestos was found in the talc it used, the company marketed its talcum products as “pure,” even adding fragrances to make the products more attractive to buyers, an epidemiologist testified to California jurors in the case of a woman suing J&J. Dr. David S. Egilman told jurors that his opinions are based on an analysis of the ... Read More

Scientists finds talc in dying woman’s lung tissue

Cell biologist and retired academic Ronald F. Dodson told a California jury that samples of lung tissue from a woman dying from mesothelioma contained talc, and he believed that it came from the woman’s once-daily and heavy use of Johnson’s Baby Powder. He said, based on plaintiff Teresa E. Leavitt’s sworn statement about her use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder, her lungs “would be the logical place where you would expect to find talc.” Dodson gave the testimony during the latest trial against Johnson & Johnson blaming its talc-containing products for causing mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of ... 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

Imerys released as defendant in Florida talc lawsuit

Talc mining company Imerys Talc America Inc., was released from a Florida product liability lawsuit involving claims that the talc mining company, Johnson & Johnson Companies Inc. and Publix Super Markets Inc. contributed to a woman’s ovarian cancer diagnosis. The court ruled that Florida courts have no jurisdiction over Imerys because the company has no contacts in the state. “Here, Imerys produced a component in one state (not Florida) and sold it to a different company in a different state,” Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals said. The lawsuit was filed by Judith Rickets against Imerys, Johnson & Johnson, and ... Read More

Jury deadlocked in latest J&J talc-asbestos case

A deadlocked jury after a week of deliberations in a case blaming Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products for causing a woman’s mesothelioma has prompted a mistrial. During the week-long deliberations, the Pasadena, California jury had indicated to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Margaret Oldendorf that it couldn’t reach a consensus in the case brought by Carolyn Weirick and her wife Elvira Escudero. The couple alleged that J&J’s talc-containing products contained asbestos and Weirick’s regular use of the products caused her to develop mesothelioma, a rare but deadly cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Before declaring a mistrial, Judge Oldendorf questioned ... Read More