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Plaintiff witness says testing for asbestos flawed in ongoing J&J talc trial

By John Sammon | Jan 10, 2019

ALAMEDA – An expert witness appearing on behalf of Terry Leavitt told a jury on Thursday the testing of Johnson and Johnson baby powder for possible contamination with asbestos was imperfect and that previous findings of no asbestos were likely wrong.

J&J lawyer points to cancer-free talc millers, miners; First plaintiff witness called in Alameda trial

By John Sammon | Jan 9, 2019

ALAMEDA – Attorneys for baby powder maker Johnson & Johnson wrapped up opening arguments Tuesday as the attorney for the plaintiff Terry Leavitt called the first expert witness attempting to prove that talc use caused Leavitt’s mesothelioma.

Trial opens in J&J mesothelioma case; Defense says science will show talc is safe

By John Sammon | Jan 7, 2019

ALAMEDA – Trial opened Monday in Alameda Superior Court with a plaintiff claiming that exposure to Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused her to develop mesothelioma, an extremely rare and deadly form of cancer.

Social activist organization says California DNA collection from innocent people is unconstitutional

By John Sammon | Dec 18, 2018

A representative for one of three social activist organizations suing the California Department of Justice said its collections procedure for DNA samples taken from people arrested and later cleared of wrongdoing is unconstitutional.

Equal Justice official says DNA retention for the innocent targets African Americans

By John Sammon | Dec 18, 2018

An official for the nonprofit activist organization Equal Justice Society said a California Department of Justice practice of retaining DNA samples—taken from people arrested but who turned out to be innocent—targets African Americans.

GLIDE exec calls church's lawsuit an attempted hostile takeover of charity

By John Sammon | Dec 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Activists for a nonprofit charity designed to help the poor have vowed to fight a lawsuit launched by the California-Nevada Annual Conference (CNAC) of the United Methodist Church (UMC), claiming the church was trying to take over the charity because it was not religiously conservative enough.

Social activist groups condemn state’s DNA collection procedure

By John Sammon | Dec 17, 2018

Plaintiffs suing the California Justice Department over its retention of DNA samples from people arrested but not convicted of felonies said erasing private evidence of the innocent should be made an automatic requirement.

Attorney says government has no reason to retain DNA of innocent people

By John Sammon | Dec 13, 2018

An attorney has filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Superior Court against a government program he claims is collecting DNA from innocent people.

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.”

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