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Cruise turned tragic for honeymooning couple

Shir Frenkel and Igal Tyszman wanted to make the most out of their Royal Caribbean honeymoon cruise. After boarding the ship in Miami, they booked a zip lining excursion through Royal Caribbean during a stop at the port in Roatan, Honduras. But the adventure turned tragic when a zip lining accident left Frenkel a widow with serious injuries. Frenkel filed a lawsuit late last month in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Miami Division, alleging Royal Caribbean is to blame. She also sued the zip line operator. Frenkel says Royal Caribbean is responsible for her husband’s ... Read More

Olympus settles with two widows over faulty endoscopes

Olympus Corp. is feeling the burn for manufacturing and selling specialized endoscopes without warning that they could transmit bacteria from patient-to-patient, leading to life-threatening superbug infections. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered the Tokyo-based medical-scope maker to pay $80 million in fines and $5 million in criminal forfeiture over its defectively designed duodenoscopes. The company’s former executive, Hisao Yabe, also pleaded guilty for distributing the instruments and not filing reports with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about infections related to Olympus’ duodenoscopes. On the heels of that announcement, Olympus also agreed to pay an undisclosed ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson’s bad week reflected in its slumping market value

It’s been a bad week for Johnson & Johnson, and it’s taking a toll on its market value. First, there was the Reuters report about internal documents that showed the consumer health care giant knew the talc it used in its baby powder and body powder contained cancer-causing asbestos, which resulted in a more than 10 percent decline in its stock prices. Then the company failed to convince a Missouri judge to strike a $4.69 billion jury verdict awarded to 22 women who claimed its talcum powder products contained asbestos that caused them to develop ovarian cancer. (J&J plans to ... Read More

J&J can’t escape $4.69 billion talc verdict

The $4.69 billion verdict by a St. Louis jury last July against Johnson & Johnson in a case brought by 22 women who linked their use of the company’s talcum powder to their ovarian cancer diagnoses, is “fair and reasonable” compensation considering the substantial amount of evidence introduced during the trial, a Missouri judge ruled. St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison said that due process was followed when the jury reached its verdict in the case. The verdict included $550 million in compensatory damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages. Both Johnson & Johnson and its unit Johnson & ... Read More

J&J announces plans to repurchase shares after scathing news report

Days after a scathing Reuters report accusing consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson of a decades-long cover-up of evidence that its talcum powder products contained cancer-causing asbestos, the company’s market value plummeted more than $50 billion. In response, J&J announced it plans to repurchase $5 billion shares. “Based on our continued strong performance and more importantly, the confidence we have in our business going forward, the Board of Directors and management team believe that the company’s shares are an attractive investment opportunity,” CEO Alex Gorsky said in a statement. The company also published a video on its website and ... Read More

J&J cannot escape failure-to-warn lawsuit brought by Mississippi AG

Johnson & Johnson and one of its distributors cannot skirt a lawsuit brought by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood alleging the companies did not warn Mississippians that their talc-containing products could put women at risk for ovarian cancer, Hinds County Chancellor J. DeWayne Thomas ruled. Hood’s lawsuit accuses J&J and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, distributor of its Shower to Shower talc-containing body powder, of violating the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act (MCPA) by not putting a warning on the label that genital use of the product for feminine hygiene could increase the risk for ovarian cancer. The two companies sought to have the ... Read More

Lawsuit knocks Kellogg for not disclosing its breakfast foods contain glyphosate

California resident Mason Kein is leading a group of angry consumers in a proposed class action lawsuit against Kellogg Co. for selling breakfast foods without revealing that they contain a possible cancer-causing chemical. Kein told the Southern District of California that testing by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group revealed that Kellogg Co.’s strawberry Nutrigrain Soft Baked Breakfast Bars and Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal contain the herbicide glyphosate, a chemical deemed a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Glyphosate is the same chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup, the controversial weed killer that was ... Read More

J&J stocks tumble in wake of scathing Reuters report

Johnson & Johnson’s stock prices fell more than 10 percent – from $147 per share to $130 – after Reuters reported that an examination of the company’s internal documents revealed that J&J’s talcum powder was contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos and that the company took measures to hide this information from regulators and the public. The consumer health care giant, facing more 11,000 lawsuits alleging its talc-containing products have caused cancers like mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, has continuously defended the safety of its products. And while J&J has won some of the cases, its losses have been substantial, including a $4.69 ... Read More

Roundup users sue Monsanto over cancer diagnoses

Bayer AG, which acquired agri-giant Monsanto in June, posted more than 300 studies on the safety of glyphosate, the active ingredient in its widely used weed killer Roundup. The move comes four months after the company was hit with a $289 million verdict in a landmark trial brought by a school groundskeeper who alleged his exposure to the herbicide contributed to his terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. (The award was later reduced to $78 million.) The studies were posted to mark the first anniversary of Bayer’s “Transparency Initiative,” a major PR campaign designed to “enhance trust in the science behind crop ... Read More

J&J knew for decades its talc contained asbestos

Nearly 20 years ago, Darlene Coker sued Johnson & Johnson. She had been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. How could the 52-year-old who ran a massage school in eastern Texas while raising two daughters develop the disease? It must have been the Johnson’s Baby Powder she regularly dusted on her children and herself. Talc, like asbestos, is mined from the earth. To her and her attorney, it wasn’t too far a leap to suggest J&J’s talc-containing product could have contained asbestos and caused her deadly disease. Coker sought to ... Read More