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Environmental racism in the beauty industry

A recent article published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology calls out to reproductive health professionals to advance environmental justice by being aware of the disproportionate threat of environmental chemical exposure to certain female populations from beauty products. Both the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) committee and the International Federation for Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO) committee recently issued opinions acknowledging that it is an issue that certain patient populations may be more vulnerable to toxic chemical exposure. “Environmental justice integrates concepts of environmental racism and inequality and is defined as the unequal distribution of environmental benefits ... Read More

$417 million verdict in 1st CA talc ovarian cancer trial

The four-week long trial in California, the first talc ovarian cancer trial in the state, has concluded with an attention-getting verdict of $417 million, $110 million more than all four of the previous Missouri verdicts combined. Over the last year and a half, Johnson and Johnson has faced some huge product liability losses due to allegations that its talc-containing products cause ovarian cancer. Four St. Louis juries found in favor of plaintiffs, agreeing that the company should have warned women of ovarian cancer risk. The verdicts totaled more than $300 million: $72 million in February of 2016, $55 million and ... Read More

Use cosmetics with care; labels don’t warn of chronic side effects

The Deccan Chronicle warns readers that cosmetics, not being drugs, are not governed by any regulatory body. In a recent article the publication points out that although some cosmetics may warn about reactions with the skin and eyes, cosmetic products often have dangerous chronic side effects that are not mentioned in their labeling. One very public example of this is the some 4,800 lawsuits currently filed in the U.S. against the world’s largest health care company, Johnson and Johnson, over allegations that it’s talc-containing products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower cause ovarian cancer. The talcum powder when ... Read More

Talc is risk factor for ovarian cancer, found in plaintiff’s ovaries, experts testify

According to Law360, during the second week of the first California talc trial, plaintiff Eva Echeverria called Canadian epidemiology expert Jack Siemiatycki, who explained how epidemiology identifies possible risk factors for diseases by examining their rates within defined populations. He has specific experience studying causes of ovarian cancer and contributed to the 2006 report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which found talc to be a “possible human carcinogen.” In his explanations about his opinions regarding the available scientific literature on perineal talc use and its association with ovarian cancer, Siemiatycki said that since 2006 more research has ... Read More

California jurors hear scientific data talc causes cancer

On July 26, jurors in California heard opening statements in the much-anticipated first California talc trial against Johnson and Johnson over allegations that its talc-containing products, such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, cause ovarian cancer. Allen Smith of The Smith Law Firm, who represented plaintiffs in all six of the Missouri talc trials, said that Johnson and Johnson, aware for decades of the research linking genital talc use to ovarian cancer, failed to warn the public. “It’s the safe and gentle corporate image of a mother and baby that the defendants are placing over human life, in ... Read More

Missouri talc ovarian cancer cases aren’t dead

The National Law Journal reports that the U.S. Supreme Court decision on June 19 in favor of Bristol-Myers in in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California has not necessarily been the “game changer” that defense attorneys expected. The Supreme Court’s decision overruled the California Supreme Court’s previous decision to allow hundreds of out-of-state plaintiffs to sue Bristol-Myers in California over its blood thinner Plavix. The Supreme Court ruled that they failed to establish specific jurisdiction in the cases; the company is incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in New York. In immediate response to the decision, a Missouri judge declared ... Read More

Ward Mason named Rising Star for talc litigation work

For the second year in a row Law360 has chosen Beasley Allen’s Danielle Ward Mason as one of its Rising Stars, nationally recognized attorneys younger than 40 who are impressing with accomplishments often not seen until later in an attorney’s career. This year’s winners were selected by a team of Law360 editors from among 1,200 submissions. Ward Mason was chosen for her work as second-in-command in the firm’s talc litigation against Johnson and Johnson and Imerys Talc America, where she helped win $307 million in verdicts on behalf of ovarian cancer victims who were not warned that perineal exposure to ... Read More

Missouri talc trial rescheduled for October 16

The National Law Journal reveals details from a newly available transcript from St. Louis Civil Court. Last month another closely watched talc trial against Johnson and Johnson was underway, following four attention-grabbing plaintiff wins totaling more than $300 million and one defense win in the previous year and a half. The sixth Missouri talc trial started on June 5, but on June 19 was declared a mistrial when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court. The significant decision about jurisdiction overruled the California Supreme Court’s previous decision to allow hundreds of out-of-state plaintiffs to sue ... Read More

Asbestos found in makeup marketed to children

Tween clothing store Justice, formerly known as Limited Too, is under fire as an investigation has uncovered asbestos in its makeup. WTVD, an ABC affiliate in Durham, North Carolina, worked with the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro to test samples of the store’s makeup and their results found that “Just Shine Shimmer Powder” contains four heavy metals, barium, chromium, lead, and selenium, as well as asbestos, according to Buzzfeed News. “I would treat it like a deadly poison, because it is,” Sean Fitzgerald, the director of research and analytical services at the institute said of the product, which is marketed ... Read More

Experts in CA trial can testify that talc causes cancer

Decisions are still being made prior to plaintiff Eva Echeverria’s trial beginning in California, the first talc case against Johnson and Johnson to be tried in the state. The suit was scheduled to go to trial on July 10, but this week Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson has still been holding hearings that will impact the future of the trial. According to Law360, on Monday, Judge Nelson reversed a tentative ruling she had written the week before saying that she would partially deny co-defendant Imerys Talc America’s motion for summary judgment. Instead she dismissed Echeverria’s claims against the ... Read More