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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.

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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.

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.

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

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