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Johnson & Johnson Will Finally Stop Selling Talc-Based Baby Powder in U.S.

Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will finally stop selling its talc-based Baby Powder in the U.S  and Canada after thousands of lawsuits claimed that the product causes ovarian cancer. The company faces more than 19,000 lawsuits from cancer patients and their survivors claiming its talc was contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen, and that the company knew of the risks. “Johnson & Johnson did today what they should have done decades ago,” said Cory Watson attorney Beth Chambers. “Now, they should accept responsibility for so many women who are suffering or who have died as a result of ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder products.” The company has also faced lawsuits from consumers who claim their exposure to contaminated talcum powder caused them to develop mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Juries across the U.S. have hit the company with billions of dollars in damages on behalf of plaintiffs over their handling of the product. Johnson & Johnson Knew About Asbestos in Talcum Baby Powder for Decades Johnson & Johnson has faced intense scrutiny over the safety of its baby powder products following several investigative reports in 2018 that found the company knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its talc. These investigations revealed that J&J was aware of possible asbestos contamination in talc for at least 50 years, but did not warn consumers. In addition to the lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled 33,000 bottles of Baby Powder last year after the Food and Drug Administration uncovered traces of asbestos in samples of the product. J&J has also been the target of a federal criminal investigation into whether the company lied to the public about the possible cancer risks of its talcum powder, as well as an investigation into the health risks of asbestos in talc-containing consumer products by a Congressional subcommittee. Take Action with a Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Now, thousands of women and their families are coming forward to seek compensation for their pain and suffering – and it’s not too late to join them. Our firm continues to investigate these cases. If you or a loved one regularly used talcum powder and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the compassionate and determined advocates at Cory Watson Attorneys are ready to fight for you! Don’t wait to reach out – contact us today for a FREE initial case consultation. Call (877) 562-0000 now or fill out the online consultation form on this page. Related News: Law360 – J&J To Stop Talc Sales In North America Wall Street Journal – Johnson & Johnson to Stop Selling Talcum Baby Powder in U.S. Bloomberg Law – Johnson & Johnson Discontinues Talc Powder in U.S. CNBC – Johnson & Johnson discontinues talc-based baby powder in US Reuters – Johnson & Johnson to stop selling talc-based baby powder in U.S. New York Times – Johnson & Johnson to End Talc-Based Baby Powder Sales AL.com – Johnson & Johnson to stop selling talc-based baby powder in US

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Another FACT (Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency) Act

A new version of the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act was submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives last week.  This is the third iteration of this bill introduced within the last five years – last year’s version was passed by the House of Representatives but stalled in the Senate. This act would be very harmful to victims of asbestos exposure now seeking compensation for their injuries.  The FACT Act would require trusts held specifically for the payment of asbestos injury claims to file detailed quarterly reports of the trusts’ activity. On the surface, the act purports to make sure that the true victims of asbestos-related disease are receiving the money they deserve, but dig a little deeper, and you find out that is not the case at all: “Transparency” under the FACT act “would require the unbelievable disclosure on a public website of asbestos victims’ personal information, including the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, financial information, information about their children and other sensitive data that could subject victims and their families to identity theft and possible criminal victimization.”[i] Compiling and filing the required mountains of paperwork would add costly administrative burdens to the trusts. The costs of compliance would eventually drain these already underfunded accounts. This additional paperwork would also lead to severe delays to the trusts’ claims review and payment processes. Because of the swift progression of many asbestos-related diseases, these delays would cause many asbestos victims to never receive the compensation they deserve. At present, the bill has made it out of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, and a floor vote is expected within the next few weeks.  Numerous individuals and organizations have submitted letters of opposition including The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, The Environmental Working Group, 18 national military and veteran service member organizations, several of the asbestos trusts, and scores of other environmental, labor and consumer organizations. The attorneys at Cory Watson strongly oppose the FACT Act.  We believe it would greatly restrict our ability to fight for the money that asbestos victims truly deserve. We have made it our mission to fight for the rights of asbestos and other injury victims, recovering over 3 Billion for our clients. Please give us a call at 877-562-0000 or fill out our online form to arrange for your FREE and CONFIDENTIAL case evaluation. [i] Van Ness, Judy (7 November 2013). “Fact Act Attacks Asbestos Victims”. The Hill. Retrieved 15 February 2017.

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Judge Rules that the Federal-Mogul Asbestos Trust Cannot Exclude Alabama Victims

Judge Robert Baker, Circuit Judge for Limestone County, Alabama, denied a Motion to Dismiss filed by the Federal-Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust (“the Trust”) in a case brought by Cory Watson Attorneys on behalf of the family of a career auto mechanic.  The Trust had argued that the terms of one of their foundational documents excluded any potential recovery by a Plaintiff under the Alabama Wrongful Death Act. The Alabama Wrongful Death Act is different from the wrongful death law of any other state.  As a matter of public policy, Alabama has historically taken the position that it is impossible to place a monetary value on an individual human life.  Consequently, the damages available to a victim’s family under the Alabama Wrongful Death Act are considered to be punitive damages designed to punish the wrongdoer rather than compensatory damages designed to compensate for the loss of life.  Perversely, the Trust tried to use this very distinction that was meant to honor life to deny justice to our clients for the loss of their loved one. Fortunately, this argument was denied.  If the Trust had been allowed to assert such an exclusion, it would have set a dangerous precedent potentially allowing the manufacturers of asbestos products to contract around their liability to Alabama citizens under the Alabama Wrongful Death Act.  This ruling represents a victory in the preservation of our rights as citizens of this state. Although everyone now knows about the dangers of asbestos, the companies that manufactured these products still fight to avoid paying those injured by their products.  Cory Watson represents auto mechanics and others exposed to asbestos in the fight for the justice and compensation they deserve.  If you or a loved one has experienced an injury potentially related to asbestos exposure, we would be honored to discuss the situation with you. Let Us Help You 

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California Schools Reopened after Asbestos Scare

Hundreds of kids in Orange County, California are able to return to their schools this month, after having been closed for nearly a year because of asbestos exposure concerns, according to the LA Times. Hope View, Oak View, and Lake View elementary schools were all closed last October to accommodate construction crews removing asbestos and modernizing facilities. The closures displaced some 1,600 students who had to be bused to other schools: costing the Ocean View School District $50,000 per week. Lake View Elementary School remains closed for the school year, and 10 temporary classrooms are being used at Oak View Elementary while some work continues. The schools were closed last year when a whistleblower, John Briscoe – a trustee on the school board, learned that asbestos removal was being conducted while staff and students were in the building. School officials came under heavy criticism from understandably outraged parents, who only became aware of the problem following Briscoe’s filing of a formal complaint with the California Department of Industrial Relations, a state agency that monitors employee safety. This episode recalls a similar incident in April this year at Bay Minette Elementary School in Baldwin County, Alabama, where asbestos was found in the school library. In the Alabama case, the library was sealed off, while asbestos exposure testing by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Amec Foster Wheeler, an environmental consulting firm, found no imminent threat of danger.  An EPA report on the Baldwin County school system’s performance concluded the district failed to adequately communicate with parents and teachers and also “failed to develop and/or implement” an operations and maintenance plan. Asbestos in schools: More common than you think? Asbestos is definitively linked to mesothelioma.  Up until the 1970s, asbestos was widely used in construction, often as fireproofing material.  Thousands of older school buildings serving millions of students and employing thousands of adults are believed to hold asbestos-containing materials, according to the EPA. So long as it remains undisturbed, asbestos poses a minimal health risk.  It is when asbestos fibers are airborne that they cause serious health problems.  Asbestos can become airborne if materials containing it are damaged – say during inattentive maintenance work or improper removal. As far back as 1984, the EPA estimated that 15 million students and 1.4 million teachers and other staff could face exposure to airborne asbestos in schools.  In 1986, Congress started requiring schools to regularly inspect their buildings for asbestos, as well as to take appropriate precautionary measures to abate it and inform the public. Current EPA policy on asbestos-containing materials in schools only requires management of these materials in place – not removal.  However, even with proper management, allowing these materials to remain in place still poses a latent risk for harmful asbestos exposures. We can help with your asbestos claim Cory Watson Attorneys has successfully represented thousands of people injured or killed by asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma, securing financial compensation for victims and their families.  Contact us today for a free case evaluation!

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What You Need to Know About Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a serious, life-threatening illness that affects thousands of individuals each year. The experienced attorneys at Cory Watson have represented mesothelioma victims and their families for more than 30 years, providing valuable information, resources, and help to those affected nationwide. What is Mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Symptoms of mesothelioma can include shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, fever, fatigue, and weight loss. Mesothelioma is most common in men over the age of 60 who were regularly exposed to asbestos on the job site. Asbestos exposure is commonly associated with the following occupations: Auto Mechanics Boilermakers Blacksmiths Carpenters Construction Workers Crane Operators Electricians Firefighters Freight and Material Handlers Furnace/Smelter Operators Heavy Equipment Operators Industrial Engineers Insulators Iron Workers Machinists Merchant Marines Metal Lathers Molders Navy Personnel Oil Refinery Workers Painters Pipefitters Plasterers Plumbers Power Plant Workers Railroad Workers Roofers Sheet Metal Workers Welders Over the years, individuals working on these types of jobs were often unaware of their potential exposure to asbestos or the serious risk of illness associated with asbestos exposure. Have You Been Diagnosed with Mesothelioma? If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention. It is also important that you seek legal representation. Settlement trusts have been established to compensate individuals who have developed mesothelioma, and you may be eligible for compensation. Because of our knowledge and experience, the asbestos lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys are able to efficiently and effectively establish the rights of our clients to the money that has been put into these asbestos trusts for victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. We fight for every dollar owed our clients by these asbestos trusts. The experienced attorneys at Cory Watson have pursued claims and obtained substantial compensation for mesothelioma victims just like you.  If you need representation, or simply have questions, we are here to help. Contact us today!

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DIY Home Renovators at Risk for Developing Mesothelioma

According to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia, that the increase in the number of mesothelioma cases diagnosed over the last 10 years is directly related to do-it-yourself (DIY) and home renovation projects that have involved the installation, removal, rip-out, and cleaning of products containing asbestos. The West Australian Mesothelioma Registry began recording every case of mesothelioma in the early 1960s. Since then, researchers have noticed three distinct “waves” of exposures related to the diagnosis of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer and asbestosis. The “first wave” of people being diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases were those that worked in the asbestos mining industry. Then a second group of workers began to show a significant increase in diagnosis of mesothelioma. This “second wave” of workers includes those that worked with asbestos as carpenters and mechanics. Now, however, it is safe to say that a “third wave” of exposures has emerged. People who have been exposed to asbestos by doing their own home renovation and remodeling projects or do-it-yourself (DIY) jobs are showing an increase in diagnosis of mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases. Many people do not know asbestos when they see it and certainly do not know that the tile, insulation, panels, shingles, carpet adhesive, etc. to just name a few have asbestos in them. If you think that asbestos could be in your house or in any parts of the products you are removing, you should not touch it. Avoiding exposure to asbestos is the only way to prevent getting mesothelioma. Diagnosed with Mesothelioma? Settlement trusts have been established to compensate individuals who have developed mesothelioma, and you may be eligible for compensation. The experienced asbestos lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys have pursued claims and obtained substantial compensation for mesothelioma victims just like you. We fight for every dollar owed our clients by these asbestos trusts. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have legal rights. Our mesothelioma lawyers can help guide you through the entire legal process and fight for the compensation that you deserve. Give us a call at (877) 562-0000 to schedule a FREE legal consultation.

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