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Asbestos conference registration is open

Registration is now open for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)’s 15th annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, scheduled for April 5-7, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The conference brings together experts, survivors, unions and lawmakers from nearly 20 countries to connect and share the latest information about education, advocacy, and community support efforts to ban the mining, import, export, sale and use of asbestos in order to eliminate asbestos-related diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of internal organs. The event is the only annual asbestos conference ... Read More

Jury shown traces of talc and asbestos in mesothelioma victim’s lungs, lymph nodes

Teresa E. Leavitt’s mother trusted Johnson & Johnson when the company promoted its Johnson’s Baby Powder as safe enough for babies, so she used the talcum powder liberally on Leavitt from the time she was a baby in the 1960s. Teresa continued to use the powder as a young woman, dusting it on her hair and face. Now Leavitt is suing Johnson & Johnson alleging the powder was contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos, and left her with a deadly disease that is expected to take her life within the year, Law360 reports. She claims that the consumer health care giant knew ... Read More

Couple sues companies for failing to warn about asbestos risks

A Belleville, Illinois couple are suing dozens of companies that used products that contained asbestos alleging that exposure to the carcinogenic material caused one of them to develop terminal cancer. The companies were negligent for failing to warn about the health risks associated with asbestos, the suit claims. Georgann Keener and her husband Richard filed the lawsuit in St. Clair (Illinois) County Circuit Court in December against several companies that Mrs. Keener had worked for beginning in 1972. Her lawsuit claims that she was exposed to and inhaled microscopic asbestos fibers that emanated from some of the products that were ... Read More

EPA rejects NGOs petition to increase reporting of asbestos

A petition by a group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to amend the chemical data reporting rule (CDA) in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to increase reporting on the cancer-causing mineral asbestos was rejected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The petition, filed last September, argued that current uses of asbestos under the act are “limited, vague and incomplete,” and that more reporting of its use would provide a more accurate picture of its usage. “Without adequate information on ongoing importation and use of asbestos and asbestos-containing products, the risk evaluation will fail to provide a meaningful picture of the ... Read More

BC workgroup offers recommendations to keep people safe from asbestos

British Columbia’s Ministry of Labour is proposing a wide range of actions to improve how asbestos is handled and disposed of in order to protect workers and the public from health hazards posed by the carcinogenic mineral. Representatives from the ministries of labour, environment and energy, health, and municipal affairs and houses, and the provence’s workers compensation agency WorkSafeBC prepared the report titled “Keeping Workers, the Public and the Environment Safe from Asbestos” with input from the construction industry, contractors, workers and employers, homeowners, local governments, and local unions. The workgroup identified broad and specific concerns about the abatement of ... Read More

Detroit contractor faces stiff consequences for ignoring asbestos removal laws

A Detroit, Michigan-based contractor was permanently banned from city contracts after knowingly demolishing a home that contained asbestos without properly removing it, posing a health risk to workers and those in close proximity, according to the Detroit Free Press Den-Man Contractors had been the subject of a probe by Detroit’s Office of Inspector General, an independent agency that investigates claims of waste and fraud. According to Detroit Building Authority documents, Dave MacDonald, a former employee with Den-Man, directed the demolition of a home in a blighted neighborhood in Detroit despite having received emails from an abatement contractor who urged him ... Read More

Mesothelioma patient registry to be established in 2019

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is implementing the first formal national registry to track mesothelioma patients’ demographics and other important information to help identify gaps in current treatment for the deadly asbestos-related disease. Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2019 bill in September, which includes $100,000 for the development of a National Mesothelioma Patient Registry. Funding is provided through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a federal agency charged with conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. The Mesothelioma Applied Research ... 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

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 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