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Court rejects asset sale to pay judgment in photo infringement case

By John Sammon | Nov 19, 2018

SAN JOSE – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently rejected a stock photo company's motion to assign rental income or force the sale of property to pay damages in lawsuit that alleged copyright infringement.

Court appoints lead plaintiffs in class action against LendingClub

By John Sammon | Nov 18, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California appointed lead plaintiffs in a class-action suit against LendingClub, alleging the San Francisco-based company tried to artificially inflate securities and defraud investors.

Court denies request to dismiss class-action suit against biomed companies

By John Sammon | Nov 17, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed against a biomedical company accusing it of violating labor laws by misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

Court dismisses case claiming copyright infringement by Chive Media

By John Sammon | Nov 16, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California dismissed a lawsuit in which a plaintiff claimed his photographs were used on websites in violation of copyright laws.

California jury deadlocks in Johnson & Johnson mesothelioma trial

By John Sammon | Sep 24, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A jury is unable to decide if plaintiff Carolyn Weirick's long-term use of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused her to develop mesothelioma, an incurable fatal lung cancer.

Plaintiff's attorney asks for $28 million in damages in J&J mesothelioma trial

By John Sammon | Sep 14, 2018

LOS ANGELES – The attorney for Carolyn Weirick during closing arguments asked a jury for $28 million in damages for his client, alleging Johnson & Johnson acted fraudulently, finding asbestos in its baby powder but saying it’s not asbestos to protect its business profits.

Defense witness in J&J trial says Weirick had bad luck; Disease not caused by baby powder

By John Sammon | Sep 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES - Attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson rested their case Wednesday after portraying Carolyn Weirick as a victim of bad luck in contracting mesothelioma, not from the baby powder she claimed in her lawsuit contained asbestos and gave her the rare and deadly disease.

Defense makes non-asbestos claim while plaintiff attorney argues fragments are asbestos in J&J trial

By John Sammon | Sep 13, 2018

Add Teaser here LOS ANGELES – Attorneys for the defense of Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit alleging the company’s baby powder caused a woman to develop mesothelioma on Tuesday sought to establish that fragments in talc powder can look a lot like asbestos, and not actually be asbestos.

J&J talc witness says no asbestos while plaintiff lawyer says he’s a hired professional testifier

By John Sammon | Sep 11, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A mineralogist appearing as a witness for Johnson & Johnson said he found no asbestos in the baby powder bottle used by Carolyn Weirick, while her attorney sought to portray him as a partisan, highly paid professional defense witness.

Mineralogist for defendant: Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder has no asbestos

By John Sammon | Sep 9, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A lead scientist for Imerys Talc America Inc., the talc mining company that supplies Johnson & Johnson with the talc used in its baby powder, said testing showed no asbestos.

First defense witness claims talc powder not cause of woman’s mesothelioma

By John Sammon | Sep 6, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Plaintiffs concluded their witness testimony and the defense called their first witness on Wednesday, a Welsh pathologist who told a jury Carolyn Weirick did not acquire mesothelioma from using Johnson & Johnson baby powder.

Talc supplier email produced at trial promotes 'confusion' over asbestos definition

By John Sammon | Sep 5, 2018

LOS ANGELES – In the lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for the baby powder a woman claims gave her the deadly disease mesothelioma, attorneys for the plaintiff on Tuesday produced an email in 2000 that indicated talc suppliers were trying to exploit confusion over a possible designation of talc as a “human carcinogen.”

Plaintiff Weirick and mother testify about baby powder use in mesothelioma talc trial

By John Sammon | Aug 30, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Carolyn Weirick told a jury on Wednesday what it felt like to be summoned to a doctor’s office because her condition was so serious they wouldn’t tell her about it over the phone.

Former Johnson & Johnson safety officer testifies in talc trial that company made safety a priority

By John Sammon | Aug 29, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A lay witness for Johnson & Johnson said Monday in a taped deposition filmed last April the company’s talc powder is clean of asbestos, refuting plaintiff Carolyn Weirick’s allegations that the company’s baby powder caused her to develop mesothelioma.

Researcher testifies in Johnson & Johnson trial that asbestos was found in baby powder bottle

By John Sammon | Aug 29, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A nationally known asbestos researcher on Aug. 24 told the attorney for plaintiff Carolyn Weirick that traces of the deadly mineral had been found in her bottle of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder.

Pathology expert points to talc use in mesothelioma lawsuit

By John Sammon | Aug 29, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A pathology researcher on Tuesday told a jury repeated use over the years of Johnson & Johnson baby powder and the asbestos it allegedly contained likely caused plaintiff Carolyn Weirick to develop mesothelioma.

Plaintiff witness says asbestos found in talc mine samples; On cross, witness admits products not tested

By John Sammon | Aug 27, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A scientist called on behalf of plaintiff Carolyn Weirick in her lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for the baby powder she claimed caused her mesothelioma said on Thursday asbestos fibers had been found in samples taken from the Italian and Vermont talc mines that supplied the company.

Researcher in J&J talc trial explains path to fatal disease; Admits he has no knowledge of plaintiff's condition

By John Sammon | Aug 23, 2018

Trial coverage in the Los Angeles Superior Court is being streamed live courtesy of Courtroom View Network.

Defense attorney predicts plaintiff no-show in J&J talc trial

By John Sammon | Aug 22, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Defense attorneys for baby powder maker Johnson & Johnson predicted on Tuesday attorneys for plaintiff Carolyn Weirick would not be able to rise to the burden of proof in a lawsuit that claimed the woman’s mesothelioma was caused by talc powder use.

Trial opens accusing Johnson & Johnson talc powder of causing mesothelioma

By John Sammon | Aug 21, 2018

LOS ANGELES – During opening arguments on Aug. 20 in a lawsuit to determine if Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused plaintiff Carolyn Weirick to develop mesothelioma, a rare form of terminal cancer, her lawyer said the company tried to hide from the truth.

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