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Jury selection begins in NJ talc case alleging mesothelioma

Jury selection is currently underway for the first case in New Jersey state court to go to trial against Johnson & Johnson over allegations that the consumer health care giant’s talcum powder-based personal hygiene products caused mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Opening arguments are scheduled for Jan. 16, in Middlesex County Superior Court before Judge Ana Viscomi. The New Jersey case is the second to go to trial involving allegations that products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower cause mesothelioma. The first, which ended late last ... Read More

Whistleblower Fired For Contesting Asbestos Violations Awarded $173,000

Federal authorities ordered a New York demolition and construction company to pay a whistleblower it allegedly fired for reporting asbestos safety concerns more than $173,000. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that it investigated Champagne Demolition LLC, an Albany-based company, and its owner Joseph Champagne in response to a worker’s complaint about improper asbestos removal practices at a New York school site. Although OSHA didn’t provide details about the alleged asbestos violations, companies that fail to follow specific procedures for proper removal not only endanger their workers but potentially expose others as well. On June 10, 2010, the ... Read More

J&J betrayed trust, talc contains asbestos, jury told

The first talc mesothelioma case against Johnson and Johnson and Imerys is being tried again in Pasadena, California. A retrial began nine days after a mistrial was declared when plaintiff Tina Herford mentioned talc’s alleged link to ovarian cancer in her testimony on day two. Since 2016 there have been six completed trials against Johnson and Johnson and Imerys centering on allegations that talc itself is carcinogenic and responsible for contributing the the development of women’s ovarian cancer. Five of the six juries in those cases found in favor of the plaintiffs with huge multi-million dollar verdicts that got international ... 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

Janitor Punished For Complaining of Asbestos Exposure Awarded $193,000

Federal regulators have ordered a Michigan school district to compensate a janitor who allegedly was branded a “troublemaker” and punished for complaining about job orders and conditions that exposed her and others to harmful asbestos dust. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered the Dearborn Heights School District to pay the former janitor more than $193,000 in back pay, damages, and other compensation. The agency found that the school district violated the whistleblower provisions of the Clean Air Act when it retaliated against the janitor for raising valid concerns over asbestos exposure. In June 2012, the janitor objected when the ... Read More

New Bill Calls For National Registry of Firefighter Cancer Data

A new federal bill introduced Feb. 25 aims to improve understanding of the links between cancer and firefighting and would require the Health and Human Services Secretary “to develop a voluntary patient registry to collect data on cancer incidence among firefighters.” According to the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2016, which was introduced by Rep. Richard L. Hanna, (R-NY) and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, a number of studies conducted since the 1990s have indicated a strong link between firefighting and an increased risk for several major cancers. The cancers identified as most common among firefighters according ... Read More

Makers of talcum powder products facing cancer-risk lawsuits

The risk of developing cancer from the use of talcum powder products may be a new buzz in courtrooms around the country but it is a hazard consumer health care companies have known for decades but refused to warn users of their products. That was the message from an attorney for Judith Winkel and her husband John, who sued Colgate-Palmolive Co. alleging Judith developed a type of cancer after using the company’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder for several years. A Los Angeles jury awarded the Winkels $12.4 million in damages. The lawsuit alleged Colgate-Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder came from ... Read More

Illinois Construction Companies Fined $2 Million For Exposing Workers To Asbestos

Federal authorities have hit two Illinois-based construction companies with nearly $2 million in fines for knowingly exposing their workers to deadly asbestos fibers during the renovation of a school building. Kehrer Brothers Construction and owner Joseph Kehrer, and D7 Roofing, a Kehrer-affiliated company, made their workers rip up old asbestos-laden tiles, insulation, and other materials at the old elementary school without warning them of the asbestos hazards, providing them with the required protective gear, or training them on proper asbestos-removal methods. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA), Kehrer even threatened workers with termination if they spoke with ... Read More

Appeals court reinstates asbestos lawsuit against Missouri county

The Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled in favor of an asbestos lawsuit filed against Jackson County, Mo., and a contractor in 2010, allowing the case to move ahead after it was struck down by a Jackson County judge last year. The appellate court’s ruling opens the door to potentially thousands of courthouse workers, county employees, and others who spent significant amounts of time in the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City since 1983 – the year that the county and its contractor allegedly mishandled asbestos removal during a courthouse renovation. Citing the lawsuit, the Kansas City Pitch reports that ... Read More

Pennsylvania contractor sentenced for asbestos violations

A Pennsylvania contractor will spend one year and one day in prison for asbestos violations after failing to notify the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about an asbestos-removal project at a former Philadelphia church. Anthony Biello II, 56, ran D&E Solutions LLC when he was hired in 2009 to remove asbestos from inside the former Church of the Assumption, a vacant nineteenth-century church on Spring Garden Street that was slated for demolition. In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond ordered Mr. Biello to pay a $100 fine, $12,000 in restitution to the City of Philadelphia, a $100 ... Read More