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Industrial hygienist says Leavitt’s asbestos exposure not more than background levels

By John Sammon | Feb 28, 2019

ALAMEDA – An industrial hygienist appearing as a witness for the defense told a jury on Wednesday that plaintiff Terry Leavitt’s exposure to asbestos did not rise above what is considered background levels---the amount regulatory agencies like the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) do not consider excessive.

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Trial lawyers are paying millions to a handful of experts necessary to push their talc cases

By Dan Fisher | Feb 26, 2019

A small group of highly paid experts, one of whom recently testified his firm has made $30 million offering mostly pro-plaintiff testimony, are the key ingredient for more than 10,000 lawsuits claiming talcum powder is laced with deadly asbestos, forming the tip of an inverted pyramid upon which the rest of the cases depend.

Disease researcher testifies for Johnson & Johnson that talc powder does not cause mesothelioma

By John Sammon | Feb 22, 2019

A pathologist called as a witness by attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson—in a lawsuit accusing the baby powder maker of causing a woman’s mesothelioma—said on Thursday that talc powder does not cause the disease.

Plaintiff in Johnson & Johnson baby powder case tells jury about the ordeal of mesothelioma

By John Sammon | Feb 20, 2019

Terry Leavitt, the woman suing Johnson & Johnson for the baby powder she claims caused her to develop mesothelioma, appeared on the witness stand Wednesday, maintaining a mostly positive demeanor but fighting back tears when talking about the impact of her disease on her family.

Leavitt’s husband recounts hardships in asbestos lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson baby powder

By John Sammon | Feb 19, 2019

The husband of Terry Leavitt testified on Tuesday saying that he and his two teenage children try to live one day at a time watching his wife decline from mesothelioma. Recounting the experience caused Dean McElroy at times to fight back tears.

Defense attorney for J&J debunks separation method in mesothelioma trial

By John Sammon | Feb 15, 2019

ALAMEDA – Attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson in the trial of a woman suing the company for allegedly causing her mesothelioma attempted to blunt criticism J&J failed to use a more comprehensive heavy-liquid testing method for detecting asbestos in baby powder, saying the method was not foolproof.

Doctor for woman at trial against J&J says patient's mesothelioma incurable

By John Sammon | Feb 14, 2019

ALAMEDA – A doctor brought as a witness for plaintiff Terry Leavitt said on Wednesday Leavitt has three months to live without further treatment for the mesothelioma she claims she contracted from Johnson & Johnson baby powder, but perhaps a year or longer if treated with a newly developed immunotherapy.

Researcher says Leavitt used baby powder thousands of times

By John Sammon | Feb 10, 2019

A noted microscopic researcher told a jury on Thursday that plaintiff Terry Leavitt’s mother had used Johnson & Johnson baby powder on her as a child 5,110 times over two years, and that Leavitt continued using the product thousands of additional times as a young girl and adult.

J&J letters show officials made efforts to prevent asbestos-related regulation of talc baby powder

By John Breslin | Feb 10, 2019

Plaintiffs argued that in the 1970s, officials of Johnson & Johnson tried to avoid possible regulation of talc baby powder by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and considered strategies to prevent it.

Microscope researcher says four tests found no asbestos in woman’s lung tissues

By John Sammon | Feb 5, 2019

A microscope researcher on Tuesday told defense attorneys for Johnson & Johnson that four tests of the lung tissues of plaintiff Terry Leavitt revealed numerous tiny particles breathed in including glass and talc, but no asbestos.

J&J star witness says company stuck with talc in baby powder because they believed it safe

By John Sammon | Feb 4, 2019

A top corporate spokesman for Johnson & Johnson contended that the company did not abandon talc in baby powder in favor of corn starch because company officials believed talc was safe.

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Ahead of talc test, NYC judge gives good news to asbestos defendants

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 1, 2019

The January 31 decision could have especially strong implications for lawsuits over talcum powder

Defense team witness for J&J says talc for baby powder was tested for asbestos 16 hours a day

By John Sammon | Jan 31, 2019

Michael Brown, the attorney for Johnson & Johnson, questioned its corporate representative on Thursday, intending to convince a jury that the company had not hidden from better testing methods and no evidence had been found to suggest baby powder caused plaintiff Terry Leavitt’s mesothelioma.

Plaintiff attorney says J&J avoided warning letter over baby powder asbestos

By John Sammon | Jan 31, 2019

The attorney for plaintiff Terry Leavitt in the trial to determine if baby powder made by Johnson & Johnson gave her the deadly disease mesothelioma on Wednesday sought to portray the company as not wanting to know the unpleasant truth.

Plaintiff witness in talc trial says asbestos detection methods used earlier weren't sophisticated enough

By John Sammon | Jan 24, 2019

ALAMEDA – Based on the testimony of a microscope researcher on Wednesday, Terry Leavitt may have developed mesothelioma because the limitations of detection methods used in the 1970s and later weren’t full-proof at the time.

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