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Jul 17 2019

Johnson & Johnson under Criminal Investigation for Asbestos Cover Up

Johnson & Johnson is facing a criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department following revelations the company knew its talc products, including the iconic Baby Powder, were contaminated with asbestos but continued to sell the products for ...

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Jul 15 2019

First Mesothelioma Treatment Approved by FDA in 15 Years

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved the NovoTTF-100L system to be used in combination with pemetrexed (aka Alimta) plus platinum-based chemotherapy (Cisplatin or Carboplatin) as a front-line treatment of unresectable, locally ...

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Jul 12 2019

Claire's Busted Again for Asbestos in Cosmetics

Claire’s makeup and beauty supply chain is under fire again after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a “Safety Alert” announcing that ongoing testing of Claire’s cosmetic talc makeup products revealed the presence ...

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Jul 11 2019

State Attorneys General Sue EPA for Stricter Asbestos Rules

Eleven Democratic attorneys general from across the country recently announced in a press release that they have filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) for failure to initiate effective asbestos regulation. In ...

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Jul 10 2019

VA Launches a New User-Friendly Website

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has updated its website to offer VA members a more user friendly and enhanced digital customer experience. The VA website is accessed by 10 million veterans, servicemembers, their families, and caregivers ...

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Jul 3 2019

To Local 36 - Thank You and Drink Up!

Over 100 years ago, when the Industrial Revolution was revving up, Local 36 was formed to organize insulators, also known as, “laggers.” Laggers applied insulation on hot surfaces to keep the heat in. Most of the insulation materials at ...

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Apr 8 2019

SCOTUS Rejects "Bare-Metal" Defense, Finds Machinery Makers Responsible for Harm Caused by Asbestos Supplied by Third Parties

On March 19, 2019, The United States Supreme Court determined that manufacturers of machinery installed on Navy ships have a duty to warn about dangers posed by asbestos supplied and installed by third parties. In reaching this decision, the high ...

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Mar 19 2019

PBS NewsHour: "The stunning truth about asbestos use in the U.S."

On March 13, 2019, PBS NewsHour aired “The Stunning Truth About Asbestos Use in the U.S.” The report reminds that while asbestos is no longer a ubiquitous ingredient in building materials, it is still not banned and continues to ...

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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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