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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.

From Legal Newsline

California court denies appeal of snowboarder whose leg was amputated after striking snowcat

By John Sammon | Jul 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Appeals for the State of California 3rd District on June 27 denied the appeal of a woman who sued the ski run where she was severely injured in a snowboarding accident.

Companies petition U.S. Supreme Court for review of California lead-based paint judgment

By John Sammon | Jul 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Three companies on the hook for a potential billion dollar judgment have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a public nuisance case filed by 10 counties and cities in California mandating they clean up lead-based paint in dwellings.

Anti-court clogging activist: Private Attorney General Act needs reform

By John Sammon | Feb 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Lawmakers are seeking to reform the state’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), adopted by the California Legislature in 2004, because they contend that even with the best original intentions, the law hasn’t worked out as planned.

Kiley to reintroduce asbestos trust bill in California Assembly

By John Sammon | Feb 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Staffers for California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley said his Assembly Bill (AB) 1056, designed to protect funds for the treatment of asbestos exposure, has been withdrawn but a new bill could be crafted later this year.

California high court clarifies home defect law

By John Sammon | Feb 13, 2018

The California Supreme Court on Jan. 18 sought to end uncertainty over the state’s Right to Repair Act in deciding that a party who encounters defective home construction can file suit and no longer has to wait until a building defect has caused property damage or injury.

Appeals court affirms district court decision compelling arbitration in AT&T case

By John Sammon | Dec 20, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Nov. 11 affirmed a decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California compelling the plaintiffs to seek arbitration in a class action alleging that broadband carrier AT&T falsely advertised mobile services as “unlimited,” when, in fact, they weren't.

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