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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.

First Appellate District Court affirms setting aside default judgments in asbestos injury suits

By Charmaine Little | Dec 18, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The 1st Appellate District Court of the California Court of Appeal, Division Five affirmed an order that set aside default judgments in asbestos injury cases that were served on a company that ceased operating in the 1970s.

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California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

Surviving heirs claim man died due exposure to asbestos, seek damages from Kelly-Moore Paint and others

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 31, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The surviving spouse and adult children of a man who died of lung cancer allege his cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos during his career.

Honeywell and Kaiser Gypsum named in asbestos injury lawsuit

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 27, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Inez Seals filed a complaint on Oct. 4, in the San Francisco Superior Court, against Honeywell International Inc., Kaiser Gypsum Co. Inc. and Kelly-Moore Paint Co. Inc.,et al., alleging that the defendants designed defective products under California Consumer Safety Law.

IMO Industries, J&H Marine sued for alleged asbestos exposure

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 27, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — James Bradford Jr. filed a complaint on Oct. 15, in the San Francisco Superior Court, against IMO Industries Inc., J&H Marine & Industrial Engineering Co. and Hopeman Brother Inc., et al., alleging that the defendants breached their duty of care while using asbestos.

Asbestos case opinion modified by appeals court

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 26, 2018

The First District Appellate Court modified an opinion in an asbestos exposure case.

Appellate court reverses ruling in Pep Boys asbestos case over mesothelioma death of 'do-it-yourselfer'

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 14, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – An appellate court has reversed part of a ruling in a lawsuit filed by the seven adult children of a Los Angeles man who passed away of mesothelioma.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Man allegedly harmed by asbestos seeks damages from Owens-Illinois, others

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A man alleges he has been injured as a result of asbestos exposure during his career with the U.S. Navy.

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