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Defense grills plaintiff witness about objectivity in Johnson & Johnson Colgate-Palmolive trial

By John Sammon | May 8, 2019

OAKLAND – Attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive on Wednesday questioned a plaintiff expert witness in an attempt to portray him not only as a highly paid mouthpiece for plaintiffs in asbestos trials. They also contended Dr. David Egilman served as a consultant who was paid by companies that used asbestos in their products and then criticized them for using the mineral.

Plaintiff recounts ordeal with mesothelioma in Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive trial

By John Sammon | May 8, 2019

OAKLAND – Plaintiff Patricia Schmitz on Monday told a jury about the suffering that goes with having mesothelioma, but said she would keep fighting the disease that has robbed her of the ability to do the most simple of tasks.

Johnson & Johnson attorneys claim conflict of interest in baby powder testing

By John Sammon | May 7, 2019

NEW YORK – Attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson in a New York talc powder trial alleging asbestos contamination said a plaintiff expert witness who found the highest concentrations of asbestos in three baby powder bottles was provided with testing samples from the father of a plaintiff attorney---a potential conflict of interest they contend.

Lung specialist describes plaintiff’s ordeal in J&J mesothelioma trial; Defense pokes hole in testimony

By John Sammon | May 3, 2019

OAKLAND – A physician lung specialist called as an expert witness by plaintiff attorneys on Thursday described for a jury the nightmare faced by plaintiff Patricia Schmitz as she goes through the progressively painful stages of mesothelioma, while defendant attorneys said the testimony was based on assumptions.

Defense attorneys say star plaintiff witness flip-flopped opinion in testing lab in J&J trial

By John Sammon | May 2, 2019

ALAMEDA – Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson and Colegate-Palmolive on Wednesday attempted to poke holes in the testimony of a star expert witness called by plaintiff attorneys, saying Dr. William Longo flip-flopped on his opinion of a testing lab used by the talc powder makers.

Microscope researcher says asbestos found in both Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive products

By John Sammon | May 1, 2019

ALAMEDA (Legal Newsline) – A microscope researcher on Tuesday told a jury his lab had found asbestos in both Johnson & Johnson baby powder and a face powder product for adults called Cashmere Bouquet produced by Colegate-Palmolive.

Microscope researcher says asbestos is in baby powder as relatives recount woman’s mesothelioma ordeal

By John Sammon | Apr 26, 2019

ALAMEDA (Legal Newsline) – A microscope researcher called by attorneys representing plaintiff Patricia Schmitz on Thursday said he found asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talc powder samples while Schmitz’s relatives told a jury how mesothelioma had robbed the woman of her quality of life.

Trial in Santa Monica mesothelioma case settles two days into case

By John Sammon | Mar 27, 2019

SANTA MONICA - A trial to decide if plaintiff Gail Koretoff should be awarded damages for the Jonson & Johnson baby powder she claimed was contaminated with asbestos causing her to develop mesothelioma was settled out of court on Wednesday after only two days of deliberations.

Mesothelioma trial opens in Santa Monica; Mother says disease first suspected to be stomach ache

By John Sammon | Mar 26, 2019

SANTA MONICA - Opening remarks Monday in a trial to determine if Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused a women to develop mesothelioma pitted plaintiff attorneys who said the company had engaged in a campaign of deception to protect their profits, versus defense attorneys who contended the product was asbestos-free.

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Multidistrict litigation swamps courts as rules struggle to catch up; Is reform on the way?

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 21, 2019

Multidistrict litigation – sprawling cases sometimes involving thousands of plaintiffs from all over the country – now represents more than half of the civil caseload in federal courts, according to a new survey, yet defendants complain the rules governing them are largely judge-made and haphazardly enforced.

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Johnson & Johnson, not asked to testify on talc, alleges Congressional hearing was biased against it

By John Breslin | Mar 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson, a company facing enormous liability concerns stemming from thousands of lawsuits that claim there is cancer-causing asbestos in its products, believes a Democrat-led House hearing on the alleged dangers of talc and consumer products was biased against it.

From Legal Newsline

Johnson & Johnson, not asked to testify on talc, alleges Congressional hearing was biased against it

By John Breslin | Mar 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson, a company facing enormous liability concerns stemming from thousands of lawsuits that claim there is cancer-causing asbestos in its products, believes a Democrat-led House hearing on the alleged dangers of talc and consumer products was biased against it.

Jury finds Johnson & Johnson liable for $29.4 million in woman’s mesothelioma suit

By John Sammon | Mar 13, 2019

ALAMEDA – A jury on Wednesday handed baby powder maker Johnson & Johnson a $29.4 million hit deciding that asbestos in the company’s baby powder had caused plaintiff Terry Leavitt to develop the deadly disease mesothelioma.

Closing arguments held in talc trial against J&J: Was it a conspiracy or spontaneous?

By John Sammon | Mar 11, 2019

ALAMEDA – Closing arguments on Monday in the trial to decide if Terry Leavitt’s mesothelioma was caused by Johnson & Johnson baby powder pitted plaintiff attorneys accusing the company of conspiracy, against defense attorneys contending Leavitt’s disease was spontaneous in nature---not from talc powder.

Mineral investigator tells plaintiff attorney: No asbestos in baby powder in mesothelioma case

By John Sammon | Mar 6, 2019

ALAMEDA – A minerals investigator for the Pennsylvania-based R.J. Lee Group an analytical laboratory on Tuesday denied there was asbestos in Johnson & Johnson baby powder despite presentations by the plaintiff’s attorney claiming that fibers seen in documented testing showed otherwise.

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