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Johnson & Johnson says crucial expert for talc plaintiffs lied on stand

By Daniel Fisher | May 7, 2019

A prolific expert whose testimony is vital to asbestos lawsuits over talcum powder lied on the stand and failed to disclose the questionable history behind his most important samples, Johnson & Johnson said in a motion to dismiss a lawsuit currently in trial in New York.

Delmarva Power and Light, others granted summary judgment in carpenter's suit over alleged asbestos exposure

By Brian Brueggemann | May 3, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Delaware court has granted summary judgment to the defendants in a former carpenter's claim that various companies are responsible for his alleged exposure to asbestos at their worksites.

Mesothelioma lawsuit against Union Carbide dismissed; Delaware judge says jury could not determine asbestos source

By Brian Brueggemann | May 1, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Delaware judge has dismissed a couple's claim against an asbestos company, ruling they could not prove the original source of the fibers with which the wife allegedly had contact.

Talc supplier's bankruptcy could be what Johnson & Johnson needs to bring order to costly asbestos litigation

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 29, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - Johnson & Johnson has borrowed a page from the legal playbook pioneered by breast-implant manufacturer Dow Corning to try to consolidate thousands of talc lawsuits in a single federal court for resolution.

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.

Tenneco granted summary judgment in lung cancer case

By Marian Johns | Apr 17, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. — Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc. (Tenneco), the makers of Walker mufflers, has been granted its motion for summary judgment by the Delaware Superior Court in a case alleging a former auto mechanic who contracted and died from lung cancer because the mufflers contained asbestos.

Rushed asbestos bill runs out of time in Maryland; Angelos firm called on lawmakers to get thousands of cases moving

By John O'Brien | Apr 9, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – Legislation introduced in the figurative 11th hour died in the literal 11th hour Monday as Maryland senators decided not to approve a bill originally supported by a powerful asbestos law firm after the House changed it.

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.

Multidistrict litigation swamps courts as rules struggle to catch up; Is reform on the way?

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 21, 2019

Multidistrict litigation – sprawling cases sometimes involving thousands of plaintiffs from all over the country – now represents more than half of the civil caseload in federal courts, according to a new survey, yet defendants complain the rules governing them are largely judge-made and haphazardly enforced.

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.

Johnson & Johnson, not asked to testify on talc, alleges Congressional hearing was biased against it

By John Breslin | Mar 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson, a company facing enormous liability concerns stemming from thousands of lawsuits that claim there is cancer-causing asbestos in its products, believes a Democrat-led House hearing on the alleged dangers of talc and consumer products was biased against it.

Johnson & Johnson, not asked to testify on talc, alleges Congressional hearing was biased against it

By John Breslin | Mar 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson, a company facing enormous liability concerns stemming from thousands of lawsuits that claim there is cancer-causing asbestos in its products, believes a Democrat-led House hearing on the alleged dangers of talc and consumer products was biased against it.

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.

EPA sued as groups seek to initiate rules regarding asbestos reporting

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 8, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Several nonprofit public health and environmental groups have filed an amended complaint for relief in a federal district court in California asking that the EPA require companies to submit reports on potential amounts of asbestos in products.

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.

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