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Coronavirus Disrupts Dockets in Talc Lawsuits

The coronavirus outbreak has touched virtually every aspect of our lives, including our court system. On March 18, a New Jersey state court declared it was delaying proceedings in a case against American International Industries, the parent company for talc-product manufacturer Clubman.

In the lawsuit, two hairdressers, Margaret Lashley and Dwayne Johnson, seek justice for their exposure to asbestos in Clubman brand’s cosmetic talc products they used in a barbershop. The plaintiffs claim that this exposure caused their fatal cancer.

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FDA Declares West Palm Beach Mammography Facility to be “Serious Health Risk”

Floridian women in the West Palm Beach area, please take note: The Breast Institute in West Palm Beach is unauthorized to perform mammography.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took corrective action against The Breast Institute, located in West Palm Beach, Florida, after declaring that the mammograms performed by the facility are a “serious risk to human health.”

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Allergan’s Failure to Warn Prompts Six New Lawsuits

A group of women is accusing breast implant manufacturer Allergan of intentionally keeping the public in the dark about the cancer risk their product poses. Six women filed lawsuits against the company for its understated label warnings regarding BIOCELL textured implants, and the plaintiffs explain other ways in which the company’s cloak-and-dagger reporting tactics put the women in harm’s way.

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Jury Awards $265 Million for Farmer Whose Crops Damaged by Dicamba

Bayer CEO Werner Baumann's $63 billion gamble on purchasing Monsanto continues to spiral downward. Not only is Bayer facing more than 43,000 glyphosate claims from Roundup users afflicted with cancer, but now, a small army of farmers are lining up to sue the company over dicamba, another Monsanto herbicide that has been destroying food crops.

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JPML Says No to Consolidation of Human Trafficking Lawsuits

Twenty-one sex trafficking survivors who filed lawsuits against various hotels where they were victimized will not have their cases consolidated before a single court, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ruled last week.

Despite the fact that all of the cases share the same cause of action – namely, that the hotels failed to train their staff members on how to recognize and report suspected sex trafficking activity – the JPML ruled that the cases were too diverse to be consolidated.

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Is it Glyphosate, or Something Else?

Three juries have determined that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, is a carcinogen. These verdicts are in agreement with the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which concluded that glyphosate is likely to cause cancer, and other scientific studies that have linked glyphosate to the disease. However, recently published research focusing on Roundup's “inert” ingredients suggests that there may be more to it than glyphosate.

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NDMA Discovered in a Second Antacid; Manufacturer Issues Recall

Drugmaker Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for three lots of the antacid Nizatidine (Axid) after traces of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) were discovered in the active ingredient. Although no adverse events have been reported, Mylan is notifying all distributors, retailers, and customers, and has been making arrangements for the return of the affected products.

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Traces of NDMA Found in Metformin

After traces of carcinogenic industrial chemicals have been found in the common blood pressure medication valsartan, the antidepressant alprazolam (Xanax) and the antacid ranitidine (Zantac), regulators are turning their sights on metformin – an otherwise relatively innocuous and safe prescription drug used by type-2 diabetics to control

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Investigation Proves PG&E's Negligence in Camp Fire

Last year's Camp Fire, which literally wiped out the town of Paradise, California and killed 85 people, was ultimately caused by an aging power line that PG&E had failed to maintain properly. Furthermore, that egregious example of gross negligence is just one indication of “systemic problems” and the ways in which this convicted corporate felon and recidivist has been ignoring safety regulations for years.

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CPSC to Parents: Avoid Inclined Sleepers

Citing over 1,100 incidents and 70 infant deaths over the past 14 years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning to parents: do not use inclined sleepers for your babies.

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