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Johnson & Johnson Aims for Dismissal of Talcum Powder Lawsuits

August 8, 2019   |  
A Kentucky jury has rejected claims that Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder contained asbestos and caused a woman’s mesothelioma. This is the sixth straight win for Johnson & Johnson in court in recent months, and a spokeswoman for the company said it is “pleased” with the decision. According to...
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Roundup Lawsuit Update: Bayer Would Consider “Reasonable” Settlement

August 1, 2019   |  
Roundup lawsuits are piling up, and a potential settlement may be on the horizon. According to Bayer, which acquired Roundup-manufacturer Monsanto in 2018, the company now faces more than 18,000 lawsuits alleging that its popular weed killer causes cancer. Monsanto has lost three high-profile Roundup cancer lawsuits in recent months,...
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Opioid Manufacturer, 4 Others Indicted in Federal Court

July 22, 2019   |  
Legal action continues to heat up against opioid manufacturers and distributors. This week, the federal government filed charges against Miami-Luken, an Ohio-based manufacturer, as well as the company’s president and compliance officer. Two pharmacists in West Virginia were also charged. The charges allege that executives at Miami-Luken ignored suspicious drug...
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Bayer Seems Serious About Potential Roundup Settlement

July 17, 2019   |  
Following a series of high-profile losses in civil court and facing more than 13,000 additional lawsuits, Bayer is sending signals that a Roundup cancer lawsuit settlement may be happening soon. A Roundup settlement would have far-reaching consequences for the thousands of groundskeepers and agricultural workers who allege the popular weed...
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Purdue Pharma Lawsuit: Opioid Manufacturers Face Legal Action

June 20, 2019   |  
In 2017, 1,953 people died of opioid overdoses in North Carolina alone. Sobering numbers like this may help us understand the scope of the opioid epidemic — and why legal action such as the recent Purdue Pharma lawsuit is being brought against opioid manufacturers. The misuse and addiction to prescription...
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FDA Expands Losartan Recall Over Possible Cancer Risk

June 18, 2019   |  
Drug manufacturer Teva Pharmaceutical and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) have expanded a voluntary recall of losartan potassium tablets, a common medication used to treat high blood pressure, based on contamination by potentially cancer-causing impurity called NMBA. N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA) is believed to increase the risk of cancer to patients...
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Roundup Ingredient Glyphosate Allegedly Linked to Liver Disease

June 3, 2019   |  
More legal problems may be looming for Roundup pesticide manufacturer Monsanto. Roundup, the popular pesticide used on approximately 80 percent of American croplands, has long been alleged to cause non-Hodgkins lymphoma and other types of cancer. But does Roundup weed killer also cause liver disease? A new study suggests that...
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What is a Mass Tort Lawsuit?

May 14, 2019   |  
A mass tort lawsuit is a civil action lawsuit involving numerous plaintiffs against one or several defendants. Mass tort lawsuits may be held in state or federal court. Tort is a formal word for a “wrongful action” that causes injury. The word “mass” has several meanings when referring to mass...
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Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Update: Jury Awards $2 Billion

May 14, 2019   |  
Damages continue to pile up for Monsanto, the maker of Roundup weed killer. In the latest Roundup lawsuit alleging that the pesticide caused a California couple’s cancer, a jury awarded $2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million in compensatory damages. According to attorney Gene Riddle:  “Even though the punitive...
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