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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

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

False Claims Act Suit Alleges Kansas City Clinic Defrauded Medicare

A Kansas chiropractic clinic faces a False Claims Act lawsuit seeking more than $1.4 million on allegations that it wrongfully billed Medicare for neuropathy treatments that didn’t qualify for reimbursement or were never provided to patients. The lawsuit, filed Dec. 21 in federal court, accuses Kansas City Health & Wellness Clinic and its owners, brothers Ryan Schell and Tyler Schell, of soliciting Medicare beneficiaries with ads claiming they could heal peripheral neuropathy and “rejuvenate the nerve fibers,” according to Kansas City’s KCUR 89.3. Peripheral neuropathy results from damage to the peripheral nerves, causing weakness, numbness, and stabbing, burning, or tingling ... 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

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

Out-going IARC director reflects on fallout of glyphosate cancer declaration

Christopher Wild is stepping down as director for the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) after serving two five-year terms guiding the organization in conducting and coordinating research into the causes of cancer. Reflecting on the past decade in office, Wild singled out the rare statement he made just last January attacking critics of IARC’s March 2015 classification of the herbicide glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer) as a probable carcinogen. “The agency has been subject to unprecedented, coordinated efforts to undermine the evaluation, the program and the organization,” the statement said. “These ... Read More

India tests talc samples to check for cancer-causing asbestos

There is more fallout from a recent Reuters investigation that found internal documents showed Johnson & Johnson was aware for decades that its talcum powder products contain cancer-causing asbestos but did not warn consumers of this risk. First, a U.S. senator on the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee pressed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the claims. Now drug regulators in India announced they are collecting new samples of talcum powder to determine if it is contaminated with asbestos. In recent years, Johnson & Johnson has been trying to shield itself from a growing number of lawsuits ... Read More

Wisconsin Gas Explosion Victims Seek Justice

Three people harmed by the gas explosion that leveled an entire block of downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, have filed lawsuits against the utilities and contractors they say are responsible for the deadly blast. Abigail Barr, the widow of firefighter Cory Barr, filed a lawsuit Dec. 20, the same day authorities announced there would be no criminal charges in connection with the blast. Mr. Barr was killed in the July 10 gas explosion that destroyed a bar he owned and several other buildings. According to the lawsuit, Mr. Barr was not on the premises to respond to the emergency. The blast ... Read More

Man blames J&J powder for wife’s fatal mesothelioma

Rich DeAugustinis going public with his lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in hopes of saving others. “I’m trying to give voice to this cause. My wife can’t because her breath was taken away,” he said. His wife Tara died in 2017 after a 15-month battle with mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. DeAugustinis believes her disease, which forms in the lining of the lungs and other internal organs, was caused by her regular use of Johnson’s Baby Powder. “My wife had her life taken away from her. She had no choice in the matter.” ... Read More

Senator calls for FDA investigation into J&J talcum powder

Sen. Edward Markey, a member of the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate claims that consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that the talc it used in some of its widely sold products like Johnson’s Baby Powder contained cancer-causing asbestos. The call-to-action came a week after Reuters published an investigative report titled, “Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its baby powder,” and claimed “that J&J kept that information from regulators and the public.” Reuters’ investigation turned up internal documents dating back ... Read More