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Talc-mesothelioma case begins in NJ courtroom

Rosalind Henry regularly used Johnson’s Baby Powder on herself and her two young sons, assuming the product was safe even for babies. Through the years she bought hundreds of bottles of baby powder, never knowing they could contain cancer-causing asbestos. Decades later she was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Henry and her husband Frederick are suing Johnson & Johnson alleging the company knew its talc contained asbestos but continued to sell the product to consumers while failing to warn them of the risks associated with asbestos exposure, including the development of mesothelioma. Rosalind Henry ... Read More

Imerys settles case brought by mesothelioma victim just before jury deliberations

Hours before the conclusion of closing arguments in the latest trial over claims that Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America knowingly sold asbestos-tainted talcum powder products to consumers that contributed to a woman’s terminal cancer diagnosis, Imerys announced it had reached a settlement with the plaintiff. The California jury was told by Los Angeles Superior Judge Margaret Oldendorf that they would be receiving a new verdict form to account for Imerys no longer being part of the case, but jurors would still need to assign responsibility for damages; that is, if they found J&J and Imerys ... Read More

Dragon Breath Snacks Can Cause Serious Injuries, Health Officials Warn

Doctors and other health authorities are warning the public about “Dragon Breath” snacks – a recent craze of snacks dipped in super-cold liquid nitrogen – saying the novelties are causing burn injuries and asthma-like symptoms in some people, especially among children. Kiosks have sprung up in malls and fairs across the country offering Dragon Breath snacks that appeal mostly to kids. The liquid nitrogen in which the snacks are dipped has an exceptionally low boiling point of minus 320 degrees Farenheit. At room temperature, the liquid nitrogen on the snacks vaporizes. When consumed, the vapor resembles smoke that emits from ... Read More

Construction company settles worker death case for $2.5 million

A New Jersey construction company agreed to pay the estate of an equipment mechanic crushed to death during the demolition of a former Woolworth store $2.5 million for failing to have the building evaluated by a demolition engineer to properly plan the tearing down of the structure. Raymond Crosby was an employee of Edgewood Properties and was sent to the Beachwood Shopping Plaza in Berkeley Township to repair a piece of equipment to be used in the demolition of the old Woolworth store at the mall. Crosby had no prior experience with demolitions. He was cutting notches into the steel ... Read More

EPA Proposes Benzene Cleanup Plan For Southern NJ Superfund Site

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is targeting a New Jersey Superfund site contaminated for decades with benzene and industrial toxins for cleanup, but environmental groups criticize the government’s proposed plan as a shortsighted failure. The land in question sits on 350 acres near the banks of the Delaware River in Gloucester County. Delaware-based Hercules Inc., a chemical and munitions manufacturing company, bought the land from DuPont in 1952 and continued to use it as a dump for lead and toxic waste until it closed in 2010. EPA testing found the site to be predominantly contaminated with benzene, a known carcinogen, and other volatile organic ... Read More

Widow Sues Colonial Pipeline For Husband’s Death in 2016 Explosion

The widow of a Colonial Pipeline contract worker who was killed near Pelham, Alabama when a section of leaking pipeline exploded is taking Colonial and other defendant companies to court, alleging they knew the pipeline was in a dangerous state of disrepair but neglected to take even the minimal safety precautions to protect their workers. Beverly Kay Willingham’s husband, Anthony Lee Willingham, was one of two workers who died when the Colonial pipeline exploded on Oct. 31, 2016. The deadly blast occurred as crews worked to repair a section of the pipeline that had failed the previous month, releasing more ... Read More

J&J profits grow despite multibillion-dollar talc verdict

A St. Louis jury hit Johnson & Johnson with a $4.69 billion verdict after finding that the company knew its talcum powder products contained asbestos that contributed to ovarian cancer in the 22 women who filed the complaint. But the company will hardly feel the financial blow. Last week, J&J announced sales of $20.8 billion for the second quarter of 2018 – a 10.6 percent increase compared to the second quarter f 2017. And yes, that’s a quarter of sales. Just one-fourth of the year. “Our strong second-quarter results reflect double-digit growth in our Pharmaceutical business and the accelerating sales momentum ... Read More

New Jersey man gets $2.2 Million In Amputation Lawsuit Settlement

A New Jersey man who was forced to undergo a double-leg amputation following a faulty prostate exam has received $2.2 million compensation in a recent settlement. Herbert Wilburn, a 67-year-old resident of Neptune, New Jersey, underwent a prostate exam at Mid-Atlantic Multi-Specialty Surgical Group in Howell, New Jersey, to determine if he had developed prostate cancer. The procedure involved the physician inserting a needle-like probe from the rectum to the prostate, even though medical literature indicates that the procedure could cause an internal infection, the New Jersey Law Journal reported, citing Mr. Wilburn’s lawyer. Mr. Wilburn underwent the prostate exam ... Read More

Panera Customer Sues Over E. Coli Poisoning From Salad

A Panera Bread customer who became “violently ill” and hospitalized after eating salads contaminated with E. Coli earlier this year is suing the bakery-café restaurant chain. NJ.com reports that Robin Hall of Long Valley, New Jersey, ate salads at a Panera location in Mount Olive on March 22 and again on March 27. At some point unspecified in the lawsuit, Ms. Hall became sick to the point of requiring hospitalization. She remained in the hospital from March 29 to April 8 for treatment of an illness allegedly caused by the Panera salad. Ms. Hall’s lawsuit, filed July 13 in Superior ... Read More

Side-Underride Crash Kills New Jersey woman

New Jersey State Police are investigating a side-underride crash that claimed the life of a 24-year-old woman Wednesday, July 11, when the car she was riding in crashed into a tractor-trailer. According to Philadelphia’s ABC Action News 6, Ashley Zarzycki, 24, of Villas, New Jersey, was killed when the car she was in became wedged under the side of a tractor-trailer. The car was driven by Matthew Britton, 26, also of Villas. Authorities say Mr. Britton was driving south on Route 42 in Bellmawr about 1 p.m. when his Mazda struck a Dodge Challenger and then slammed into the tractor-trailer. ... Read More