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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

Amazon Warehouse Workers Injured In Bear Repellent Accident

Two dozen Amazon workers were taken to the hospital with respiratory injuries after a warehouse machine punctured a can of bear repellant, sending noxious fumes into a section of its Robbinsville, New Jersey facility. At least one of the injured Amazon workers in the 1.3-million-square-foot fulfillment center at the time of the incident was in critical condition. Most of those injured reported they had difficulty breathing, and burning in their eyes, throat, and chest. Someone from the New Jersey Amazon facility placed a 911 call on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 5, reporting the incident. Emergency responders arriving at the ... 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

Court reinstates railroad worker’s emotional distress claims against employer

A railroad worker identified only as M.M. claims she was exposed to toxic diesel and exhaust fumes while on the job, and though medical testing didn’t reveal she suffered any health issues from the fumes, she claims the incident caused emotional distress and filed suit against her employer, Port Authority Trans Hudson Corp, according to the New Jersey Law Journal. M.M. says that as a signal designer for Port Authority, she was overcome by the dangerous fumes while working in a railroad tunnel in December 2012. She fainted and was taken to the hospital. A CT scan didn’t reveal any ... Read More

Hospice Whistleblowers Ask Appeals Court to Hear Medicare Fraud Case

A group of whistleblowers is asking the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to revive their False Claims Act lawsuit accusing a New Jersey hospice provider of falsifying patient records to make them appear eligible for end-of-life care. Four former employees of Care Alternatives Inc. of Cranford, New Jersey, now known as Ascend Hospice, filed the whistleblower lawsuit in 2008, alleging the company pressured them and others to alter patients’ medical records to satisfy Medicare’s criteria for hospice eligibility. The whistleblowers claimed that the company rewarded employees who complied with the alleged activity with bonuses. Several False Claims Act lawsuits have ... Read More

NY Helicopter Crash Kills Two Workers, Injures Two

Federal investigators are looking into a helicopter crash that killed two utility workers and injured two others in upstate New York last week during a routine inspection. The helicopter crash occurred Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Beekmantown, New York, just a few miles south of the Canadian border while a crew working for Northline Utilities was conducting an aerial inspection of power lines in the area. According to CBS News, the Aerospatiale AS355F2 helicopter became caught in some power lines about 40 feet above the ground, triggering electrical shorts and explosions. All four men jumped from the burning helicopter, plunging about ... Read More

Whistleblowers Say United Airlines Retaliated For Calling Out Listeria Problems

United Airlines systematically failed to fix food safety problems at its Newark Liberty International Airport facilities, exposing passengers to dangerous Listeria contamination, three former high-level United food-service managers claim in separate lawsuits. The whistleblowers also claim that efforts to warn United about food-safety violations and their refusal to participate in unlawful practices resulted in retaliation. United Airlines’ Newark catering operation – the largest of its five in-house food service operations – supplies 45,000 meals a day for domestic and foreign flights. The lawsuits were filed by Eliot Mosby, General Manager of United Airlines’ Newark Catering facility; Marcia Lee, former Senior ... Read More

J&J agrees to settle many Invokana side effects lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to settle a large number of lawsuits pending in a multidistrict litigation in New Jersey accusing the company’s diabetes drug Invokana of causing kidney failure, diabetic ketoacidosis or amputations, according to the New Jersey Law Journal. A settlement fund is expected to be ruled on by Nov. 19. It’s unclear how many of the more than 1,000 cases are included in the settlement, but attorneys say more settlements are likely. Bellwethers from the multidistrict litigation were set to go to trial as early as January 2019, but those orders were ... Read More

Adenovirus Outbreak At New Jersey Pediatric Center Claims Seven Children

Seven children sickened by a strain of adenovirus associated with communal living facilities have died in a New Jersey nursing and rehabilitation center, state officials announced. The New Jersey Department of Health confirmed that at least 18 people, including the seven children who perished, have been sickened in the adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell. The Wanaque Center includes a pediatrics unit staffed by medical professionals, teachers, and administrators serving the needs of “medically fragile” children. The seven confirmed child deaths were associated with that part of the facility. The Department of Health says ... Read More

Texas Wave Pool Closed After Guest Contracted Deadly Brain-Eating Parasite

A Texas wave pool suspended operations after a 29-year-old New Jersey man contracted a deadly brain-eating parasite while swimming there in September. Fabrizio “Fab” Stabile, who worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Bass Pro Shops, returned home to the Jersey coast after swimming at BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas. The resort features a giant wave pool that generates pipeline waves for practicing surfers. On Sept. 16, when Mr. Stabile was back home in New Jersey mowing his lawn, he developed a severe headache and stopped to lie down. He slept through the night but wasn’t ... Read More