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FDA to Hold Public Hearings About Asbestos Testing for Talcum Powders

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For the first time in nearly five decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will look into asbestos testing for talcum powders and cosmetics. According to a Reuters news report, regulators are now taking a closer look after finding asbestos, which is a known carcinogen, in several talcum powder products including a bottle of Johnson & Johnson’s popular Baby Powder products. Some lawmakers and consumer advocates are calling for stricter regulations to protect public health, citing those FDA results.

Johnson & Johnson has repeatedly defended the safety of its talcum powder products. However, juries have found them liable for mesothelioma and ovarian cancers in lawsuits where plaintiffs alleged that they developed these cancers after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder, in many cases, over a long period of time.

Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Last week, a New Jersey jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $750 million in punitive damages to four people who said they developed cancer after using the company’s Baby Powder. This verdict came after the company’s CEO testified for the first time ever in one of these cases. In this case, the four plaintiffs said they developed mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, because they used the company’s talcum powder.

So far, more than 16,000 plaintiffs have sued the company saying its powder caused mesothelioma or ovarian cancer and that J&J did not warn consumers about these dangers. A Reuters investigation in 2018 found that Johnson & Johnson failed to disclose the discovery of small amounts of asbestos in its talc over several decades. Asbestos can cause cancer when inhaled and has been linked to mesothelioma.

Johnson & Johnson also recalled about 33,000 bottles of its Baby Powder in October after an FDA contractor found asbestos in samples of the baby powder. The company later blamed the FDA contractor for those test results saying their own outside testing found no asbestos in baby powder samples.

Talcum Powder and Cancer

Talc is a soft mineral and the main ingredient in talcum powder and several other cosmetics. It is a natural mineral that often becomes contaminated with asbestos when it is mined since it is found near asbestos in the earth. This has led to mounting concerns over talcum powder products, which have been tied to cases of mesothelioma, lung cancer and ovarian cancer.

The FDA has said talc can be contaminated by asbestos if mines are not carefully selected and if the talc doesn’t go through proper purification processes. Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the linings of vital organs such as the heart, lungs and abdomen. Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of malignant mesothelioma. The average life expectancy of mesothelioma patients is 12 to 21 months after diagnosis. Common symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath and general fatigue.

Compensation for Affected Victims

A victim who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, ovarian cancer or lung cancer as a result of using these contaminated products may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against J&J seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, permanent injuries, lost income and benefits, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. A family that has lost a loved one as a result of these products may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer seeking compensation.

If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma, ovarian cancer and other adverse health effects as a result of using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or other talcum powder products, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.

Our firm recovered $1,162,500 for a child who suffered lead poisoning from paint in her apartment. The child’s injuries were subtle and difficult to recognize. We recovered $162,500 above the $1 million dollar total insurance policy in this case. Despite the judge’s efforts to settle the case for $950,000, we fought hard and recovered $162,500 more than the insurance policy of one million dollars. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.

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Source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2020/02/04/557332.htm

https://nypost.com/2020/02/07/johnson-johnson-hit-with-750m-verdict-in-baby-powder-lawsuit/

New Technology Helps Alert Fatigued Truck Drivers

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Despite federal rules that require truck drivers to get sufficient rest and breaks between and during shifts, exhausted truck drivers pose a significant risk on our roadways and numerous instances of fatigued driving has led to devastating truck accidents across the nation. The New York Times reports that new technologies are becoming available to alert […]

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Pedestrian Risks at New York City School Zones

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A new study has found there have been more than 140 traffic accidents in Staten Island school zones over the last seven years. According to an article in the Staten Island Advance, the study conducted by several entities including Safer America, a consumer safety advocate, worked with a data visualization agency to map the location […]

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Over 2000 NYC Elevators Tagged with Violations After Private Inspections

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NBC’s I-Team recently analyzed more than 400,000 elevator inspections conducted between 2017 and 2019 and found 2,217 instances where elevators were given “satisfactory” or “no violation” ratings by private inspectors, only to attract violations issued by the NYC Department of Buildings in the next 90 days. Under city law, every passenger elevator in New York […]

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Nearly 200 New York City Community Centers to Undergo Lead Paint Testing

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The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) (The Projects) will test for lead paint at 189 of its community centers across five boroughs. According to AMNY, the agency expects the tests will take about two months to complete and the results will be submitted on or about March 31. The tests will include visual assessments […]

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Thousands of NYC Building Facades Continue to Pose Pedestrian Hazards

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Landlords in New York City repeatedly flout laws when it comes to building facade safety and have ignored enforcement actions including amounts in fines of over $31 million, a recent investigation by The New York Times found. According to a Times report, an apartment building in the Bronx that houses a day care center on […]

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Can New Laws Protect Drivers from Ice Missiles on the Highway?

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At least four states including New York have bills pending that require drivers to clear excess ice and snow from their vehicles or face fines. According to a news report in the Indiana Gazette, just like ice chunks that can fall off buildings and hurt pedestrians, pieces of ice may break off vehicles and trailers […]

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NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant, His Daughter and Seven Others Killed in Helicopter Crash

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in a helicopter the morning of Sunday, Jan. 26, in Southern California. According to an NBC news report, federal investigators are looking into the cause of this horrific crash that occurred in a remote hillside above Calabasas, California. The […]

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City Considers Using Drones to Inspect Building Facades After Two Deaths

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After the deaths of two pedestrians who were struck by crumbling facades that came loose off buildings, New York City building officials are considering the use of drones to assist with their safety inspections. According to a report in The Real Deal, the City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings held a hearing on a […]

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Trucking Companies Grapple with Surging Truck Insurance Rates

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Truck insurance costs are soaring and it’s taking a toll on the trucking business, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal. The Journal reports that underwriters have been ratcheting up the cost of liability coverage to recoup losses as “nuclear” accident payouts of $10 million or more increase. Trucking companies were hit with […]

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