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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

Canada assessment finds ‘Talc may be harmful to human health’

Government officials in Canada are considering prohibiting or restricting the use of talc in certain cosmetics and other products after an assessment of the mineral by Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada raised concerns about its risks to public health and the environment. “Most uses of talc (such as in paper, plastics, paint, ceramics, putties, food, as well as many cosmetics, natural health products and non-prescription drugs) are not a concern to human health,” Health Canada said. “However, based on the latest science and the draft screening assessment, the Government of Canada proposes that inhaling loose talc powders ... Read More

Man develops mesothelioma after years of working with asbestos

At 74, Charley Edenfield was full of life. He worked for more than 40 years at a manufacturing plant measuring and mixing the raw ingredients used to make various products at the plant, some of which contained asbestos, a fibrous mineral that was widely used in construction, shipbuilding and friction products until the 1990s. Edenfield wasn’t aware that during his years at the manufacturing plant – from 1954 to 1994 – he was likely breathing in the invisible, odorless, and tasteless asbestos fibers where they gradually inflamed and scarred the tissue surrounding his internal organs, called mesothelium, contributing to his ... Read More

Renovators of historic hotel cited for improper handling of asbestos

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries fined three companies involved in renovations of the historic Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane nearly $140,000 for mishandling toxic asbestos in the old hotel. Curtis Rystadt purchased the building for $1.4 million in June 2017. His company, Hos and Boz LLC, and Santiago’s Handyman Services, both of Oregon, were hit with a $24,500 fine for violating eight serious and three general worker safety rules, and an additional $45,000 for serious violations regarding hazardous materials. Both companies have appealed the fines. Kent, Washington-based 4 Aces Restoration was hit with a $200 fine for ... Read More

Asbestos victim advocates call on G20 leaders to ban asbestos

As 20 of the world’s leaders gathered in Buenos Aires, Argentina this week for the G20 summit to address global economic growth, international trade, and the regulation of financial markets, “there will certainly be much talk about markets, labor and more,” says Linda Reinstein, co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). “I feel it is important that these leaders speak about the fact that seven G20 nations – Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, and the U.S. – are still mining, exporting, importing, and/or using asbestos, a known and deadly carcinogen.” Reinstein is a champion for victims of asbestos, ... Read More

Woman blames asbestos exposure for lung cancer diagnosis

When June Hollinger was diagnosed with lung cancer in June 2016, and learned that it was likely caused by exposure to asbestos, she knew who to blame – the companies that manufactured, sold, distributed or installed products that contained asbestos at the companies where she was employed during her career in South Carolina. Hollinger filed the lawsuit Nov. 8 in the St. Louis (Missouri) 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against FMC Corp., and General Electric Co, alleging the companies knew their asbestos-containing products were dangerous but failed to warn workers or provide them with instructions on how to handle the highly ... Read More

Decontamination kits donated to Florida firefighters

Firefighters are at greater risk than the general public of developing cancer because they often come in contact with carcinogenic fumes, like benzene which can cause blood cancers like acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and materials like asbestos that can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of internal organs like the lungs. In an effort to reduce this risk among firefighters, the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center distributed 4,000 decontamination kits to fire departments across the state. Up to 85 percent of the soot can be removed from the firefighter’s ... Read More

Asbestos imports into U.S. ‘surging,’ say two NGOs

The amount of cancer-causing asbestos imported into the United States is “surging” when it should be banned, say two non-governmental organizations, “a major indicator that industry is not concerned about President Trump and the EPA taking any steps to ban or even reduce the use and import of asbestos.” More than 550 metric tons of asbestos has been imported into the U.S. so far this year, up from 340 tons in all of 2017, according to data from the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce, and published by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and the Environmental ... Read More

Second mistrial in case alleging J&J talc caused rare cancer

The second jury charged with deciding whether Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products were tainted with asbestos and caused a woman’s rare cancer, ended in a deadlock. The news rang eerily similar to the first trial in the case of the late Bertila Boyd-Bostic. It ended in May with a hung jury as well. Boyd-Bostic and her surviving husband and former law partner, Antoine Bostic, brought the case against Johnson & Johnson shortly after Boyd-Bostic was diagnosed with mesothelioma in the spring of 2017. She died October 2017. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer is caused by asbestos exposure. ... Read More

Man faces fines, permanent injunction for burning trailers containing asbestos

An Iowa man is facing steep fines and a permanent injunction from the state’s attorney general’s office for allegedly burning trailer homes on his property that contained cancer-causing asbestos and violating regulations on asbestos disposal, burning without a permit, and open dumping. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources against Joel G. Thys, of Belle Plaine, in the Iowa District Court in Benton County. Thys faces fines of up to $15,000 per day for allegedly creating a 20-foot burn pile consisting of trees and five trailer homes on his property, which was near a ... Read More