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J&J product relaunch will keep talc in baby products

Johnson & Johnson is redesigning its Johnson’s Baby products line to appeal to millennial moms who are more conscious about the ingredients in the products. According to CNBC, three years ago, the consumer health care giant began researching a relaunch of its line of baby products and, after talking to thousands of mothers, realized it needed to consider what it was putting into its products. “What we learned is that they were looking for fewer, simpler ingredients, more naturally derived ingredients in their products,” Trisha Bonner, associate director of research & development at J&J Consumer, told the news agency. “From ... Read More

Securities class action filed on behalf of J&J investors

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Johnson & Johnson investors who purchased or otherwise acquired Johnson & Johnson securities between Feb. 22, 2013, and Feb. 7, 2018. The investors claim that the company made false or misleading statements or failed to disclose that it has known for decades that its talc-containing products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower contain asbestos fibers and that exposure to the products can cause ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. The Johnson & Johnson investors have until April 9, 2018, to file a lead plaintiff motion. The complaint references a Feb. ... Read More

J&J shares fall as company fights talc product cancer claims

Shares of Johnson & Johnson fell 5 percent after a report on court proceedings suggested the company knew as far back as the 1970s that its talc-containing products could cause ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. One group of lawsuits claim that Johnson & Johnson’s talc contained asbestos, a known carcinogen. They allege regular exposure to its talc-containing products, like Johnson’s Baby Powder, could cause mesothelioma, a type of cancerous tumor of the tissue that lines the lungs, but can also affect the lining of the stomach, heart and other organs. Mesothelioma is rare but aggressive and deadly. Another set of lawsuits ... Read More

Investors file lawsuit against J&J over covering up talc cancer link

Investors who purchased shares of Johnson & Johnson, are suing the company alleging the consumer health care giant violated Securities laws for making false or misleading statements and failing to disclose that the company had known for decades that its talc products contained asbestos fibers that could cause consumers to develop ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. The complaint, filed by stockholder Frank Hall, contends that by concealing the cancer risks with its talc-containing products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, Johnson & Johnson kept its stock price artificially high. The lawsuit claims that shareholders were harmed when stock prices dropped more ... Read More

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