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Woman’s lawsuit claims talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer

An Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claiming the company’s talcum powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Candace Lewis says she used Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower powder in her genital area for personal hygiene from 1981 to 2014. On June 23, 2013, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Since her diagnosis, Lewis learned that about 22 studies dating back to 1971 have linked talcum powder usage on the genitals to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. At least one researcher found a 92 percent rise in ovarian cancer risk in women who used ... Read More

AT&T data breach complaint settled for $25 million

A data breach affecting nearly 280,000 AT&T subscribers settled for $25 million after call center contractors in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines stole and exposed Social Security numbers and other customer personal information. From November 2013 until April 2014, AT&T call center contractors were responsible for the theft of 68,000 customer personal information records. However, according the complaint released by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investors, the call centers responsible for the AT&T data breach were for helping Spanish-speaking subscribers, not English-speaking. The leaked AT&T subscriber data was used by criminals to submit roughly 300,000 requests to unlock cellphones. Following the ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson refuses to warn that its baby powder can cause ovarian cancer

Johnson & Johnson does not tell its customers that using its talc-based products like Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder in the genital area for personal hygiene could cause ovarian cancer “despite the potential catastrophic health consequences,” according to a class action lawsuit against the consumer health care giant. “Instead, defendants continue to expressly and impliedly represent that the product is safe and intended for women to use the Baby Powder in the very manner most likely to result in an increased risk of ovarian cancer,” the complaint states. The lawsuit comes just months after a jury found ... Read More

“The UPS Store” in 24 states hit by a data breach

A computer virus may have targeted 51 “The UPS Store” locations in 24 different states, resulting in the exposure of credit and debit card information of consumers all over the nation. According to UPS spokeswoman Chelsea Lee, the compromised information includes names, card numbers as well as postal and email addresses from at least 100,000 transactions taking place between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11 of this year. UPS is unaware of any fraudulent activity having occurred due to the attack, Lee said. A bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security brought the suspected malware to the attention of U.S. retailers, ... Read More

Class action lawsuit calls for advertising campaign to warn of ovarian cancer risks with baby powder

A class action lawsuit has been filed against consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson alleging the company’s baby powder causes ovarian cancer. The lawsuit claims that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the risks but failed to warn consumers, instead marketing the product as safe. The class action comes as many similar ovarian cancer lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson. The complaints allege that the company’s products contain talcum powder, derived from talc, which is a known carcinogen. When used for personal hygiene in the genital area, researchers have found that the talc can travel up the uterus, ... Read More

GSK to pay $105 million to settle claims it unlawfully promoted drugs

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has reached a $105 million agreement with 44 states and the District of Columbia to settle lawsuits alleging the drug company marketed some of its drugs for unapproved uses. The settlement also requires GSK to pay a hefty penalty and submit to strong new rules designed to prevent future misrepresentations. GSK did not admit any wrongdoing or liability under the settlement. The arrangement is similar to one GSK reached with the federal government two years ago, in which the company agreed to pay $3 billion to settle criminal and civil claims involving illegal marketing of its asthma drug ... Read More

Globe University must pay whistleblower nearly $1 million for wrongful termination, legal fees

A Minnesota judge has ordered Globe University to pay nearly $600,000 in attorney’s fees and related costs to a former dean who sued the school in April 2012 for allegedly firing her in retaliation for exposing fraudulent practices. Globe will have to pay the hefty fees on top of the $395,000 a jury awarded her last year for wrongful termination. Heidi Weber was fired from her position as dean of Globe University’s medical assistant department in 2011 after she accused the school of publishing false job-placement rates and inaccurate job salary statistics in an effort, she claimed, to lure prospective ... Read More

Woman wins lawsuit claiming Johnson and Johnson talc products caused her ovarian cancer

A South Dakota jury has a woman’s longtime use of Johnson & Johnson products containing talcum contributed to her ovarian cancer. The woman’s lawsuit claimed the consumer health care giant knew of the ovarian cancer risks associated with its talcum-containing products but failed to warn consumers. Deane Berg was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006. She says she used the company’s talcum-based products, including Shower to Shower body powder, for hygiene purposes for about 30 years. Three different doctors examined Deane’s cancerous tissue with a scanning electron microscope and found talc. It was their conclusion that the talc came from the body ... Read More

Jury awards former dean $395,000 in whistleblower case against Globe College

A college dean who sued her former employer, Globe University, for allegedly firing her in retaliation for complaining about deceptive and unethical practices at the for-profit school was awarded $395,000 by a Minnesota jury. According to plaintiff Heidi Weber’s lawsuit, Globe University fired her from her position as dean of the medical assistant department in 2011 after she accused the school of publishing false job-placement rates for graduates in an effort, she claimed, to mislead prospective students. Ms. Weber also alleged that Globe failed to provide adequate training for students in the school’s medical programs, and that Globe paid commissions ... Read More

Judge upholds $8.3-million verdict against DePuy in first ASR hip implant trial

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has upheld an $8.3-million verdict in favor of plaintiff Loren “Bill” Kransky, the first plaintiff to have his case tried against DePuy Orthopedics over its faulty ASR hip implants. DePuy and parent company Johnson & Johnson asked Judge J. Stephen Czuleger to overturn the jury’s March decision awarding Mr. Kransky, a retired South Dakota prison guard, $8.3 million for severe and extensive injuries that he alleged stemmed from a DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant. Judge Czuleger said that sufficient evidence had been demonstrated that DePuy’s ASR hips were defectively designed. Mr. Kransky, 66, had ... Read More