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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

Emerson Sensi WiFi Thermostats Recalled for Fire Hazard

U.S. and Canadian authorities are urging the public to check their thermostats after learning of a fire risk associated with Emerson-branded Sensi WiFi thermostats. The U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that approximately 135,000 Emerson thermostats are being recalled in the U.S. because of a defect that could potentially cause a house fire. The Canadian government says an additional 15,546 units of the affected products were sold in Canada. The wires inside the thermostats covered by the safety recall can contact each other, creating an electrical short that could lead to overheating and fire. The thermostats also can be damaged ... Read More

Lawsuit knocks Kellogg for not disclosing its breakfast foods contain glyphosate

California resident Mason Kein is leading a group of angry consumers in a proposed class action lawsuit against Kellogg Co. for selling breakfast foods without revealing that they contain a possible cancer-causing chemical. Kein told the Southern District of California that testing by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group revealed that Kellogg Co.’s strawberry Nutrigrain Soft Baked Breakfast Bars and Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal contain the herbicide glyphosate, a chemical deemed a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Glyphosate is the same chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup, the controversial weed killer that was ... 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

Tractor-Trailer Driver Pleads Guilty For Deadly Missouri Crash

A tractor-trailer driver with a history of traffic violations has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter for allegedly causing a February 2017 crash in Missouri that killed another motorist. Driver Narinder Singh, 46, was transporting about 22,000 pounds of hamburgers and cheeseburgers for the fast-food chain White Castle when his truck overturned on I-44 in southwestern Missouri. The accident killed David Lambeth, 43, whose pickup truck was partially crushed by the overturned tractor-trailer. A lawsuit filed against Mr. Singh, White Castle, and others by Mr. Lambeth’s widow asserts that Mr. Singh is too dangerous to drive a tractor-trailer, citing a dozen ... Read More

J&J expected to fight $4.69 billion talc verdict

Johnson & Johnson is expected to ask the Missouri Circuit Court in St. Louis City to undo or, at the very least, reduce a $4.69 billion verdict awarded to 22 women who accused the company’s talcum powder of being contaminated with asbestos and causing their ovarian cancer. But the women say the verdict should stand because the “vast majority of evidence” shows the company was aware its talc-containing products were dangerous but continued to sell the product without warning consumers. The Aug. 22 verdict includes $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages against Johnson & Johnson’s ... Read More

First Roundup trial in federal court to begin February 2019

U.S. District Judge Vince Chaabria selected the first federal trial accusing Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing weed killers of causing cancer. The case of California resident Edwin Hardeman will be tried as a bellwether among more than 620 pending in the federal litigation in February 2019. The trial is scheduled six months after the first case among more than 9,000 went to trial in a California state court. School groundskeeper DeWayne “Lee” Jackson was awarded $289 million after a jury found that his regular use of Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His award was later reduced ... 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

Class action lawsuit filed over tainted blood pressure meds

A second class action lawsuit was filed against manufacturers and distributors of a high blood pressure drug that was found to be contaminated with a probable cancer-causing impurity. The lawsuit was filed in Boston federal court against New Jersey-based Camber Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Hetero Drugs Ltd. Hetero is based in India but makes the drug ingredient, valsartan, with its partner, Hetero USA Inc., also based in New Jersey. The lawsuit claims poor safety procedures at the India plant should have tipped the companies off years ago that the drugs could be contaminated. Instead, the companies “willfully ignored warning signs.” In ... Read More

Some farmers cautious about Roundup after multimillion-dollar verdict

Some Missouri farmers are taking more precautions while using the herbicide Roundup since a California jury awarded a school groundskeeper $289 million after finding that the weed killer contributed to his terminal cancer diagnosis. Some privately told KCTV5 that for decades they believed Roundup was as safe as table salt so they didn’t take precautions. Farmer Jeff Nail says he now wears long sleeves and gloves when he treats his fields. “I’ve been soaked a lot on accident,” he said. “But, if you use it, according to the label, there is no risk of cancer. That’s according to the EPA.” ... Read More