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Mar 15 2019

Environmental Working Group calls on Congress to Reform Government Oversight of Cosmetics

In a hearing held Tuesday, Scott Faber of the Environmental Working Group testified before the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy about the lack of government oversight of cosmetics and personal care products. Last week the U.S. Food ...

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Mar 11 2019

The Pacific Meso Center Issued a Patent for Mesenchymal Stem Cell Research

The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) announced the issuance of a U.S. patent for their mesenchymal stem research program. The patent’s inventors Dr. Raymond Wong and Dr. Robert B. Cameron, Scientific Advisor at PMC, Director of the UCLA ...

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Mar 8 2019

FDA Confirms Asbestos in Claire's Makeup; Acknowledges Need For Regulation of Cosmetics Industry

On Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Safety Statement and a Recall Alert after confirming the presence of asbestos in cosmetic powder makeup products marketed to young girls and teens, and sold by retailer Claire's. The ...

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Feb 22 2019

Johnson & Johnson Issued Federal Subpoenas as Part of On-Going Investigation

The New York Times reports that in an SEC filing this week, Johnson & Johnson disclosed it had been subpoenaed by the Department of Justice and SEC regarding allegations that it led a decades-long campaign to cover up asbestos in Baby Powder and ...

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Feb 15 2019

J&J Supplier Imerys Files for Bankruptcy Protection Amid Talc Lawsuits

On February 13, Imerys Talc America, a major talc supplier for Johnson & Johnson, filed for bankruptcy protection amid mounting lawsuits claiming exposure to its talc causes mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Imerys is routinely named as a ...

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Feb 13 2019

NYT Report Finds Cosmetics Industry's Lax Regulations Hurts Consumers

Unlike the pharmaceutical industry, the personal-care industry is essentially self-regulated. In fact, the federal government has not updated the laws regulating the personal care industry since 1938 when it was first enacted. In addition, the FDA ...

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Feb 4 2019

SELF Asks: How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?

In the wake of the recent Reuters investigative report finding Johnson & Johnson knew about asbestos in its talc products for decades, the popular women’s health, beauty and style publication, SELF, examined the health risks currently posed ...

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Feb 1 2019

Sri Lanka Halts Imports of Johnson's Baby Powder Over Asbestos Concerns

On January 30, 2019 Reuters reported that the National Health Ministry of Sri Lanka has banned imports of Johnson’s Baby Powder until independent testing of talc supplies proves the talc is asbestos free. This move comes in the wake of a ...

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Jan 31 2019

Senator Murray "Troubled" by Reports J&J Hid Risks of Baby Powder-Demands CEO to Produce Asbestos Info

On January 28, 2019, the United States Senate took the monumental step of demanding that consumer products giant, Johnson & Johnson, produce documents and information relating to asbestos in J&J Baby Powder. The demand was communicated in a ...

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Jan 17 2019

California Jury finds Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Contained Asbestos, was Defective, and its Risks were "Known or Knowable" to the Company

San Pedro, CA. Johnson & Johnson has been waging an all-out campaign to rehabilitate its image in the wake of a December 14, 2018 report by Reuters News finding the company knew for decades its iconic Baby Powder contained asbestos. When the ...

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Jan 10 2019

International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

The International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma is an annual symposium in Los Angeles hosted by the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Pacific Mesothelioma Center. The symposium hosts experts ...

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Dec 31 2018

Los Angeles Times: "Johnson & Johnson's baby powder risk expands: It faces triple the cancer trials in 2019"

2019 is not looking bright for Johnson & Johnson. 2018 ended with bombshell news reports from Reuters News and the New York Times, chronicling evidence of J&J’s decades’-old concern about asbestos in baby powder which it hid from ...

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Dec 21 2018

Toxic UnTruths

It was deceptive then, and it’s deceptive now. Over 70 years ago a major asbestos insulation manufacturer marketed their products as “non-irritating and non-toxic.” They went further and asserted their asbestos insulation actually ...

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Dec 20 2018

J&J moves to limit impact of Reuters report on asbestos in Baby Powder

In an update to their bombshell reporting on Johnson & Johnson’s history of asbestos tainted talc, Reuter’s “ stands by its reporting ” as J&J continues to deal with the fallout of their PR nightmare and plummeting ...

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Dec 18 2018

Baby Powder's Possible Asbestos Link Worried Johnson & Johnson for Years

On December 14, 2018, the New York Times published an article investigating Johnson & Johnson’s concern over asbestos in its Baby Powder dating back to the early 1970s. A concern which J&J chose not to share with regulators and ...

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Dec 17 2018

Reuters News: "Johnson & Johnson Knew for Decades That Asbestos Lurked in its Baby Powder"

Back in 1997, our client Darlene Coker was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 52. With the assistance of co-counsel, Herschel Hobson, Roger Worthington and our firm investigated Darlene’s past for exposure to asbestos-containing ...

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Aug 18 2016

Donald Trump Thinks Asbestos is Great

In June we shared a post from Mother Jones “Trump Files”, a series of posts that highlight the business mogul and Republican Presidential Candidate’s many oddities from over the years. We previously discussed how, in 1997, Trump ...

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Jun 9 2016

Donald Trump Thinks Asbestos is "100% Safe"

No stranger to controversial remarks, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump claimed in his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback, that asbestos is “100% safe” and has gotten "a bad rap.” According to Mr. Trump, there is an ...

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Jun 9 2016

"Asbestos" Referenced in Provocative Basquiat Painting at L.A.'s Broad Museum

The Broad Museum is Los Angeles’ newest addition to the contemporary art scene, courtesy of billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and his wife Edythe. Wandering the space of what has already become an architectural landmark, you are overwhelmed ...

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Mar 29 2016

LA Courts Routinely Reject California Mesothelioma Deposition Limits Law

Despite recommendations from doctors to limit depositions of in extremis mesothelioma plaintiffs, the LA Courts have routinely refused to apply the six hour limit law. We are not advocating that Defendants not be allowed to cross examine plaintiffs. ...

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Jan 15 2016

House Passes Asbestos Industry Friendly FACT Act, Despite Opposition of Veterans

Despite strong opposition from at least 16 national veterans group and asbestos victims everywhere, this past Friday the House of Representatives voted 211-188 in favor of the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim ...

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Oct 21 2015

Pacific Mesothelioma Center Receives $100,000 Donation for Stem Cell and Vaccine Immunotherapy Research

Roger G. Worthington of Worthington & Caron, has donated $100,000 to the Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC). PMC, a division of the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, is home to ground-breaking stem cell and immunotherapy research of ...

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May 6 2015

Latest Lung-Sparing Therapies, Patient Resources and "Hollywood Ending" at Pacific Meso Center's 5th International Symposium

The Pacific Meso Center, in conjunction with The Office of Continuing Medical Education of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, held the 5th International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma on May 2nd, 2015 ...

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Apr 29 2015

Jury Finds Colgate-Palmolive Talcum Powder Causes Mesothelioma, Awards $13 Million

A jury in Los Angeles County (Chatsworth) yesterday on April 28, 2015 unanimously found that Colgate-Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder, which they sold from the 1930s to 1995, caused our client Judith Winkel’s malignant pleural ...

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Mar 25 2015

UCLA Health Releases New Video Chronicling Treatment of Six-Year Meso Survivor Martha Munoz

On March 23, 2015, UCLA Health released a new video which chronicles the medical treatment of Worthington & Caron, PC client Martha Munoz. Martha was 68 years old when she was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma in March 2009. Her ...

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