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OSHA Sides With Whistleblower In Retaliation Case Against Vermont Realty Co

Federal authorities took the side of a whistleblower who complained that his employer, a Vermont real estate company, fired him in retaliation for reporting what he believed were illegal transactions within the company. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it ordered Hermitage Club Realty LLC to pay the former employee/whistleblower $42,693 in back pay, bonuses, and compensatory damages. Hermitage Club Realty, the on-site realty agency of a luxury ski and golf development in Wilmington, Vermont, fired the employee on Dec. 18, 2017, after he filed a formal complaint with Vermont regulators, according to OSHA. OSHA investigated the ... Read More

FDA investigating allegations of asbestos in talc

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into the possibility that cosmetics containing talc may be contaminated with asbestos and will “take appropriate actions to protect consumers,” the agency told SELF magazine. SELF posed the question, “How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?” in a recent issue of its online magazine. The story follows a Reuters investigation in December that revealed that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that its talcum powder products may have been contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos, but the company never informed federal regulators nor did it warn ... Read More

Imerys files for bankruptcy amid mounting talc litigation

Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an effort to protect itself against more than 14,600 lawsuits in the U.S. that claim its talc causes cancer. Imerys Talc Vermont and Imerys Talc Canada Inc., also filed for bankruptcy. All three are subsidiaries of Paris-based Imerys SA. The filing will enable the companies to establish a trust to fund current and future claims. All lawsuits against the company involving cancer claims will also be centralized under one judge. “After carefully evaluating all possible options, we determined pursuing Chapter 11 protection is the best ... Read More

Tens of thousands of asbestos fibers found in majority of talc samples

A scientist who heads a company that specializes in detecting microscopic asbestos fibers in samples of talc said he found up to 55,000 fibers of the carcinogenic mineral per gram in six out of seven samples from a Korean talc mine, which means that a 10-ounce bottle of talcum powder could contain as much as 14 million asbestos fibers, Law360 reported. The scientist, William Longo, is an electron microscopist who serves as president of Material Analytical Services, a company that specializes in finding near-invisible bits of asbestos in various samples. His equipment is highly sensitive – far more so than ... Read More

Bernie Sanders’ former campaign staffers request meeting to discuss sexual harassment

More than two dozen men and women — all former staffers from Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign for president — signed a letter asking to meet with the Vermont senator to discuss sexual misconduct among staffers. They say they would like to set up policies and discuss the hiring of diverse leadership “to pre-empt the possibility of replicating the predatory culture from the first presidential campaign.” Those who signed the letter ranged from former organizers to top officials within the campaign, some of whom intend to join Sanders’ 2020 campaign should he choose to run. The letter referenced an “untenable ... 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

J&J should pay for deceased talc user’s death, attorney says

Counsel for the husband of an attorney who died from a rare and deadly disease allegedly caused by years of using asbestos-tainted Johnson’s Baby Powder told a South Carolina jury this week that Johnson & Johnson should pay more tens of millions of dollars for the woman’s wrongful death. Bertila Boyd-Bostic claimed she used Johnson’s Baby Powder her entire life containing talc that came from a particular mine in Vermont. Johnson & Johnson allegedly knew for years that the talc mined there also contained cancer-causing asbestos, yet the company continued to use the talc in its products and never warned ... 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

Man claims asbestos-containing products caused cancer

An Illinois couple filed a lawsuit against several product manufacturers alleging asbestos in the products contributed to the man’s cancer diagnosis. The lawsuit was filed by Steven and Sandy Akey in St. Clair County (Illinois) Circuit Court against several defendants including ABB Inc., Cleaver-Brooks and Vermont Talc. According to the complaint, Steven worked with products that contained asbestos fibers for several years while working as an electrician and a general laborer. In October 2017, Steven was diagnosed with cancer, which he claims was caused by the inhalation or swallowing of microscopic asbestos fibers that he worked around. Asbestos is a ... Read More

Opioid Use Disorder Quadruples Among Pregnant Women

Opioid use disorder (OUD) in pregnant women remains a serious concern among public health officials, who continue to fight fraud and abuse associated with the potent painkillers. Now a new study shows that the number of pregnant women with opioid abuse disorder more than quadrupled between 1999 and 2014. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the alarming trend, published Aug. 9 in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, was measured in pregnant mothers at the time of labor and delivery. Researchers used medical data from the 28 states that keep the records relevant to the ... Read More