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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.

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.

Trial lawyers are paying millions to a handful of experts necessary to push their talc cases

By Dan Fisher | Feb 26, 2019

A small group of highly paid experts, one of whom recently testified his firm has made $30 million offering mostly pro-plaintiff testimony, are the key ingredient for more than 10,000 lawsuits claiming talcum powder is laced with deadly asbestos, forming the tip of an inverted pyramid upon which the rest of the cases depend.

From Pennsylvania Record

Talc defendant had hoped to challenge jurisdictional rules in Pennsylvania, but just went bankrupt

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 25, 2019

PITTSBURGH – The outcome of an appeal questioning Pennsylvania's jurisdictional rules is uncertain, as lawsuits alleging talcum powder causes cancer face question marks after one of the main defendants, Imerys Talc America, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week.

Imerys Talc files for bankruptcy over mounting baby powder litigation

By Glenn Minnis | Feb 15, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - With the floodgate of asbestos-related legal action taken against the company over the last decade showing no sign of subsiding, talc supplier Imerys Talc America and two of its subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

California, Massachusetts lead coalition urging EPA to issue new 'asbestos reporting rule'

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney Maura Healey are leading a 15-state coalition urging the federal government to issue a new "asbestos reporting rule" that would take away exemptions relating to asbestos in the Chemical Data Reporting Rule.

Ahead of talc test, NYC judge gives good news to asbestos defendants

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 1, 2019

The January 31 decision could have especially strong implications for lawsuits over talcum powder

Former Senate majority leader Reid hits out, but remembered for unwavering support of trial lawyers

By John Breslin | Jan 8, 2019

During his time in the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid was a major ally for the nation's plaintiffs lawyers

Watch New York City for crucial talcum powder verdicts in 2019

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 3, 2019

​​​​​NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York’s specialized court for asbestos lawsuits could become a pivotal battleground for litigation over talcum powder as plaintiff lawyers seek to establish a record of wins in a court system known for liberal rules and big jury verdicts.

From Pennsylvania Record

Groups don't want Pa. Supreme Court to create Fair Share Act exception for asbestos lawsuits

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 10, 2018

HARRISBURG – Business and legal reform groups are calling on the state Supreme Court to uphold a specific application of a law that governs how defendants split the check when a plaintiff verdict comes in - opposing a so-called "carve-out" that would keep the law from applying to asbestos cases..

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