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Man says J&J talc products cause mesothelioma

A trial begins this week in Middlesex County, New Jersey Superior Court, over claims that Johnson & Johnson’s talc containing products caused a man to develop mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer that develops in the tissue that lines the lungs, stomach, heart and other organs. The lawsuit, filed by Stephen Lanzo III, is the second to blame talc-containing products manufactured by the consumer health care giant for causing mesothelioma. The first trial, held in November 2017 in Los Angeles Superior Court, involved the case of Tina Herford, and was won by the defense. Johnson & Johnson is also faces ... Read More

CVN names talc verdict No. 1 on Top 10 Most Impressive list

One woman’s trial against consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson alleging cancer risks with the company’s talc-containing products was named the most impressive plaintiff verdict in 2017 by Courtroom View Network (CVN), a news organization that webcasts high-stakes civil trials. The news organization covered a variety of litigation to compile its Top 10 list, including bellwether product liability trials, medical malpractice trials, and complex commercial trials. The verdicts were not ranked solely by amount awarded. The news group also took into consideration the facts of each case, the parties and attorneys involved, and the potential broader impact of the ... Read More

Christmas Tree Fire Destroys Los Angeles Home

Two Christmas Trees go up in flames

It happens every year, often with devastating consequences: An electrical circuit overloaded with Christmas lights bursts into flames, destroying homes, holidays, and even lives. Dozens of firefighters responded to a report of a fire at a house in Westlake, California, around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Dec. 13. Westlake is a community just northwest of downtown Los Angeles. They arrived to find a home completely engulfed in flames and a mother and her five children without a home. According to NBC Channel 4 Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Fire Department said the fire was caused by an electrical overload from a ... Read More

Nutribullet Explosion Allegedly Burns Latina Superstar’s Mother

The mother of the legendary singer Jenni Rivera is suing the manufacturer of the Nutribullet blender, alleging her blender exploded while she was making chili and left her with severe, disfiguring burns. According to CBS News Los Angeles, Rosa Rivera and her attorney held a press conference Tuesday that offered some details of the alleged Nutribullet explosion. According to Ms. Rivera’s lawyer, infomercials touting the Nutribullet fail to warn consumers about the appliance’s hidden dangers, which include a build-up of pressure inside the canister that can cause it to explode. Ms. Rivera, who lives in Los Angeles, claims that her ... Read More

Investigators Link Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak To Disneyland

Health authorities suspect an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that sickened at least 15 people in Southern California is tied to two cooling towers at Disneyland in Anaheim, but how the illness infected some of the individuals remains a mystery. Orange County health agency spokeswoman Jessica Good told the Los Angeles Times that 11 of the 15 people with confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease visited Disneyland in September. Two of those sickened in the outbreak have died. Four of those infected did not visit Disneyland. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the naturally occurring Legionella bacteria, which exists in low concentrations in ... Read More

CPSC Issues Another LayZ Board Hoverboard Warning, Multiple Recalls

A second house fire caused by a LayZ Board hoverboard has triggered another warning from federal authorities urging consumers to stop using that brand of self-balancing mobile device immediately. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued its latest warning about LayZ Board hoverboards Tuesday, Nov. 14, along with seven safety recalls for other hoverboards, all of which contain rechargeable lithium batteries that pose the threat of overheating, exploding, and starting fires. The CPSC issued its first warning about fire and explosion risks posed by LayZ Board hoverboards on May 1, after one of the hoverboards started a fire in ... Read More

NTSB: Sleep Apnea, Fatigue Among Causes of Deadly Casino Bus Crash

A deadly crash between a casino bus and a tractor trailer that killed 13 people near Palm Springs, California last year likely resulted from a driver’s undiagnosed sleep apnea and an inadequate traffic management plan by the state to control traffic in a work zone, federal investigators determined. In its investigation of the Oct. 23, 2016, crash of a 47-passenger 1996 MCI motor coach operated by USA Holiday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that the casino bus slammed into the back of a stopped tractor-trailer at a high speed. The crash killed the casino bus driver and 12 passengers ... Read More

Plaintiffs in ovarian cancer talc cases are still fighting

In August the first California jury to hear a talc ovarian cancer case awarded now-deceased plaintiff Eva Echeverria a staggering $417 million, $110 million more than all four of the previous Missouri verdicts combined. The jury found that Johnson and Johnson’s talc-containing products contributed to the development of Echeverria’s ovarian cancer and the company should have warned her and other consumers of its products’ risks. They backed up this conclusion with $347 million in punitive damages. However, on Oct. 20, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren E. Nelson overturned the verdict, granting Johnson and Johnson’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the ... Read More

Stem cell research good news for those with alopecia

Hair loss affects 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States according to CNBC. There are many causes of hair loss or alopecia. All of them impact individuals’ sense of self. Genetics, stress, immune disease, injury to the scalp, and toxic drugs can all cause hair loss. Some hair loss is temporary, other hair loss is permanent. Hair loss associated with cancer treatment is expected to be temporary, however, chemotherapy drug Taxotere has been linked to the side effect of permanent alopecia. The drug may damage or alter the hair follicle, and the stem cells necessary for ... Read More

Toxins Found in Systems of Porter Ranch Residents exposed to gas leak

Porter Ranch residents who were exposed to the Aliso Canyon gas leak have been found to have high levels of uranium, lithium and styrene, a derivative of benzene, in their systems. The toxic levels in their systems were found by urine and hair samples taken from the residents, who live near the site of the gas leak. An estimated 100,000 metric tons of methane gushed from an aged well just above Porter Ranch in January 2016. The well was operated by Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). According to Los Angeles Daily News, the leak left thousands of nearby residents sick and forced them ... Read More