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Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More

Motorist injured in collision with heavy truck receives settlement

A New Jersey man left disabled after being rear-ended by a heavy truck owned by Landscape Works has agreed to settle with the company for $1.375 million. Harvey Saleh-Crespo, a former truck driver, was driving his personal vehicle on June 1, 2015, when he was struck from behind by the Landscape Works truck. Saleh-Crespo suffered central disk profusion and stenosis at C4-5 and C5-6 of his cervical spine. He was treated with pain management injections, physical therapy and chiropractic therapy. On Aug. 15, 2015, Saleh-Crespo received injections in his spine for pain relief, but during that procedure, he suffered respiratory ... Read More

Worker’s Widow Sues Colonial Pipeline Over Deadly 2016 Explosion

Colonial Pipeline is facing more legal trouble in the wake of its deadly 2016 pipeline explosion near Pelham, Alabama, that killed two workers and seriously injured five others. A new lawsuit filed July 9 in a Fulton County, Georgia State Court accuses Colonial Pipeline and a contractor of wrongful death, negligence, and wantonness, among other charges, in connection to the Oct. 31, 2016 explosion, according to the Daily Report. The lawsuit was filed by the widow of one of the workers killed in the blast and another worker who was seriously injured. The plaintiffs allege that a Colonial Pipeline project ... Read More

Baby wash recalled due to infection risk

Bottles of Splish Splash Gentle Baby Wash made by Saje Natural Wellness are being recalled because they may be contaminated with the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which poses an infection risk to consumers, particularly those with compromised immune systems. The recall affects 8.5 fluid ounce bottles of Saje Natural Wellness Splish Splash Gentle Baby Wash sold individually with the product SKU 700552, and the Lot Number 814020; and 1.7 fluid ounce bottles of Saje Natural Wellness Splish Splash Gentle Baby Wash sold in Wee and Well Gentle Baby Care Kits with the product SKU 700561 and the Lot Number 814020. The ... Read More

Judge refuses to toss $117 million talc verdict

A New Jersey state judge said a $117 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America over claims its talc products were contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos and contributed to a man’s deadly disease, did “not shock the judicial conscience,” and would stand. Stephen Lanzo III and his wife sued Johnson & Johnson and Imerys alleging that Stephen’s decades-long use of Johnson’s Baby Powder regularly unknowingly exposed him to asbestos, which lead to his mesothelioma diagnosis. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, as well as ... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Merck appeal of Fosamax cases

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider an appeal by Merck & Co. of a Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that revived a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving the company’s alleged failure to warn about the risk of thigh fractures with its osteoporosis drug Fosamax. Merck and plaintiff Doris Albrecht, who is representing more than 1,000 plaintiffs in the MDL, are sparring over whether Merck can be held liable for failing to warn consumers of femoral fracture risk with Fosamax when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected the company’s bid to add a warning to the safety label of ... Read More

British women at risk for talc-related cancer

Thousands of middle-aged British women could have a deadly form of cancer caused by regular genital use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene during their teens, a U.K. attorney warned. “It’s a massive scandal and is only going to get bigger,” he told MailOnline. The solicitor referenced recent litigation in the United States where consumers have sued manufacturers of talc-containing products alleging regular and long-term of the products have caused ovarian cancer or asbestos-related mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and other internal organs. In one such case, a New Jersey ... Read More

Man dies after being pinned under printing press machinery

A 32-year-old man was killed after being pinned under a piece of machinery that was being removed from the pressroom of The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Workers had been dismantling the printing press after the paper’s printing operations were relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey, when newsroom workers heard a loud boom. An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway. The victim was identified as Ruben Ocasio-Fernandez of Cape Coral, Florida. The cause of death has been attributed to multiple blunt force trauma and was ruled an accident by the coroner. Ocasio-Fernandez was working for Britton ... Read More

Invokana sales fall after amputation warnings

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in March 2017 that it was requiring Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals to add a boxed warning – the strongest warning required by the FDA – to the labels of its type 2 diabetes medication Invokana regarding an increased risk of amputations in users, some doctors and hospital-affiliated medical groups rushed to take patients off the drug. Amputation is already a risk for diabetics. Why worsen the odds? The FDA Safety Communication informed consumers that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients taking Invokana than ... Read More

Woman fights to revive putative class action against J&J

A woman asked the Third Circuit to revive her putative class action lawsuit against consumer healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson, arguing that she would not have bought the company’s talcum powder if she had known it could put her at risk for developing ovarian cancer. Plaintiff Mona Estrada hasn’t developed cancer, but claims she suffered economic damages because she never received the “benefit of the bargain” when she purchased Johnson’s Baby Powder through the years. Estrada filed the lawsuit in April 2014 against Johnson & Johnson in California federal court, but the case was dismissed in March 2015 because she ... Read More