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In latest talc trial, J&J accused of causing woman’s mesothelioma; Defense maintains asbestos not in baby powder

By John Sammon | Apr 24, 2019

ALAMEDA (Legal Newsline) – Trial opened on April 22 in which a woman is claiming her use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused her to develop mesothelioma, pitting plaintiff attorneys accusing the company of negligence against defense attorneys who characterize the contraction of illness as a natural and unexplainable event.

Just before trial, Washington AG Ferguson's Ethicon case against Johnson & Johnson settles

By John Sammon | Apr 22, 2019

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – A lawsuit launched by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson against Johnson & Johnson for a pelvic mesh implant it sold called the “Ethicon” has been settled out of court according to a report from Courtroom View Network (CVN).

Washington suit against Ethicon over pelvic mesh implant begins Monday

By John Sammon | Apr 18, 2019

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – The lawsuit of Washington State’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon for selling a pelvic mesh implant to women that allegedly caused chronic pain, infections and medical complications will begin on Monday, April 22, another in a long line of lawsuits over the past several years that contend the implants are dangerous.

New Jersey jury rules for Johnson & Johnson in talc-mesothelioma case

By John Sammon | Mar 27, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., (Legal Newsline) – A jury on Wednesday decided Johnson & Johnson was not at fault in a lawsuit brought by a man who alleged that the company’s baby powder was contaminated with asbestos and caused his mesothelioma.

New Jersey talc-meso trial winds down, verdict expected today

By John Sammon | Mar 27, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – During closing arguments on Tuesday, attorneys for Johnson & Johnson seemed to stick to their strategy suggesting that plaintiff Ricardo Rimondi’s mesothelioma came as a result of his once living near a factory in Lima, Peru that dealt with asbestos-laden cement and not from J&J baby powder.

Asbestos history lesson for jurors in N.J. talc trial

By John Sammon | Mar 21, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A professor of science history at Columbia University on Monday told a jury how asbestos came to be regarded as a deadly toxic substance in a trial to determine if Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused Ricardo Rimondi’s mesothelioma.

J&J attorney attempts to tie plaintiff's mesothelioma to a factory in Peru and not baby powder

By John Sammon | Mar 21, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – In the trial of a man suing Johnson & Johnson over allegations the company's asbestos-tainted baby powder caused him to develop mesothelioma, Johnson & Johnson's attorneys on Wednesday attempted to pin the blame on a factory in Lima, Peru.

Mineralogist says no asbestos in J&J baby powder, but the expert-witness industry again brought up

By John Sammon | Mar 20, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson in a mesothelioma trial on Tuesday attempted to use the plaintiff's star witnesses' own past words against them, while a mineralogist witness for J&J conceded his employer has made millions from testifying in asbestos-related trials.

Plaintiff's expert witness faces questions from J&J in N.J. talc-asbestos trial

By John Sammon | Mar 19, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New York-based doctor of occupational and environmental medicine said Monday there is no safe level of asbestos, while Johnson & Johnson argued she has never published anything regarding a link between talc and the plaintiff's disease and has made millions testifying - never on the defense side.

Plaintiff's family says mesothelioma is hell, but Johnson & Johnson argues its products are not the cause

By John Sammon | Mar 14, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – This week in a New Jersey talc trial, relatives of the plaintiff recounted their experiences with his mesothelioma, while an epidemiologist testified for Johnson & Johnson that the company's talc-based products could not have caused the illness.

Advertising works: Plaintiff in N.J. talc trial says he learned of possible link between mesothelioma, baby power from commercial

By John Sammon | Mar 7, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiff Ricardo Rimondi described for a jury on Wednesday what it was like to find out he had a deadly incurable form of cancer and having to live with the disease every day.

Plaintiff's expert takes stand in N.J. talc-asbestos trial; Has made $30M testifying during career

By John Sammon | Mar 6, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A microscope researcher told a jury on Tuesday the testing methods employed by Johnson & Johnson to detect possible asbestos in talc-based baby powder were not sensitive enough to find lower amounts, referring to it as similar to looking for a needle in a haystack.

J&J corporate witness and plaintiff attorney spar over asbestos powder samples at N.J. trial

By John Sammon | Mar 5, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson’s top corporate spokesman John Hopkins told a jury on Monday the company had spiked samples of baby powder with asbestos to see which asbestos detection testing method would work best.

J&J's decision to stick with talc instead of switching to corn starch discussed at N.J. meso trial

By John Sammon | Mar 1, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A salesman for Johnson & Johnson proposed in the early 2000s abandoning talc powder in favor of corn starch but also warned it would hit the company financially, according to evidence presented in a case against the consumer products company in the fourth day of a trial.

Talc lawyer wants to show J&J passed on needle-in-haystack asbestos-detection method

By John Sammon | Feb 28, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for plaintiff Richardo Rimondi in his lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson sought to portray the baby powder maker as missing a chance to use an asbestos detection method that could spot the “proverbial needle in a haystack."

J&J witness says company never considered warning label for baby powder

By John Sammon | Feb 27, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A witness for Johnson & Johnson testified Tuesday in a lawsuit alleging the company’s baby powder caused a man to develop mesothelioma, saying the company never considered putting a warning label on their baby powder bottles.

J&J says talc lawyers are playing the 'race card' in latest try at giant verdict

By John Sammon | Feb 27, 2019

Opening arguments began Monday in the lawsuit launched by a man claiming that asbestos-tainted baby powder made by Johnson & Johnson caused him to develop mesothelioma.

Former owners of medical marijuana business file fraud suit against Washington attorney

By John Sammon | Nov 13, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – The former owners of a medical pot-growing business that went belly-up are asking the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington for a jury trial and more than $2 million in damages, claiming they were fleeced by an attorney and his client.

Nev. newspaper to get docs relating to allegations of hostile behavior by Clark County School District trustee

By John Sammon | Nov 13, 2018

LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) – The Nevada Supreme Court on Oct. 25 affirmed a district court decision ordering release of documents to a newspaper reporter investigating allegations of abuse by a school trustee, but ruled further names of victims to be redacted.

AbbVie asks California court to dismiss case over allegations of Humira kickbacks

By John Sammon | Nov 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for a Chicago-based biopharmaceutical company on Oct. 26 asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to drop a lawsuit over allegations that the company concocted a kickback scheme to help sell its drug Humira.

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