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2020 National Teen Driver Safety Week

We care deeply about our clients’ safety and well-being both on and off the road. In honor of Teen Driver Safety Week we’re focused on raising awareness about teen driver safety statistics and best practices for keeping your family safe behind the wheel. Here are important facts and statistics you and your teenager should know about teen drivers. Source: NHTSA Empower Your Loved Ones Remind your teen driver that driving is a privilege, not a right. If they aren’t following the rules of the road, they shouldn’t expect to have the keys to the car. Become familiar with your state’s nighttime driving restrictions, passenger restrictions, and all the graduated driver licensing (GDL) restrictions, and help law enforcement and educators enforce them. Practice constant communication about safe driving skills. Self-reported surveys show that teens with parents who set and enforce firm rules for driving typically engage in less risky driving behaviors and are involved in fewer crashes. Be a good role model for your teen driver and set an example with your own safe driving habits. Know the Facts about Teen Driver Fatalities Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States. Parents: You can be the biggest influence on your teen’s choices behind the wheel. Take the time to talk with them about some of the biggest driving risks for teens, including: Impaired Driving: All teens are too young to buy, possess, or consume alcohol. However, nationally, in 2018, 16% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had alcohol in their system. But alcohol isn’t the only substance that can keep your teen from driving safely. Like other drugs, marijuana affects a driver’s ability to react to their surroundings. Driving is a complex task, and marijuana slows reaction time, affecting a driver’s ability to drive safely. Remind your teen that driving under the influence of any impairing substance — including illicit or prescription drugs, or over-the-counter medication — could have deadly consequences. Seat Belts: Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest ways to stay safe in a vehicle. Yet too many teens aren’t buckling up. In 2018, 45% of the teen passenger vehicle drivers who died were unbuckled. Even more troubling, when the teen driver involved in the fatal crash was unbuckled, 9 out of 10 of the passengers who died were also unbuckled. Distracted Driving: Distractions while driving are more than just risky — they can be deadly. In 2018, among teen drivers involved in fatal crashes, almost 10% were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. Put it Down: Talk to your teen about safe cell phone use while in the car. Require them to stow their phones while driving, designate a texter, or to pull over before answering phone calls or responding to text messages. Speeding: In 2018, 28% of all teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash, and males were more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than females. Passengers: Teen drivers transporting passengers can lead to disastrous consequences. Research shows that the risk of a fatal crash goes up dramatically in direct relation to the number of passengers in a car. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behavior triples when traveling with multiple passengers. Remember the Rules of the Road Don’t Drive Impaired. Set a good example and do not drive after drinking or consuming marijuana or other impairing substances. Remind your teen that drinking before the age of 21 is illegal, and alcohol and/or marijuana and driving should never mix, no matter your age. Driving under the influence of any impairing substance — including illicit, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs — could have deadly consequences. Buckle Up — Every Trip. Every Time. Everyone — Front Seat and Back. Lead by example. If you wear your seat belt every time you’re in the car, your teen is more likely to follow suit. Tell your teen to buckle up on every trip, every time, no matter what (both in the front and back seats), including in taxis and when using ride-sharing services. Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel. All the Time. Tell your teen about the dangers of texting, dialing, or using mobile apps while driving. Require your young driver to put their phones away when they are on the road and turn on the “Do Not Disturb” or similar feature on their phone. Distracted driving isn’t limited to phone use; other passengers, audio and climate controls in the vehicle, and eating or drinking while driving are all sources of dangerous distractions for teen drivers. Know your state’s law regarding mobile phone and texting while driving restrictions; 38 states and Washington, DC ban all cell phone use by novice drivers. See Distracted Driving Law Chart. If your teen disobeys, enforce the penalties you set for your teen before they started driving. Obey All Posted Speed Limits. Speeding is a critical issue for all drivers, especially for teens who lack the experience to react to changing circumstances around their cars. Obey the speed limit, and require your teen to do the same. Limit Passengers. With each passenger in the vehicle, your teen’s risk of a fatal crash increases. Review your state’s GDL law before your teen takes to the road; it may restrict the number of passengers in the vehicle operated by a driver with a learner’s permit, and it may further limit passengers to adult family members only. Engage in Safe Driving Conversations Year-Round Start the conversation with your teen about safe driving habits during National Teen Driver Safety Week and continue the conversation every day throughout the year. Even if it seems like they’re tuning you out, keep reinforcing these rules. Get creative! Talking is just one way to discuss safe driving. Get it in writing. Create a parent-teen driving contract that outlines the rules and consequences for your teen driver. Hang the signed contract in a visible...

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Cory Watson Attorneys Reaches $3 Billion in Recoveries for Injured Clients

In 1984, attorneys Ernest Cory and Leila Watson began practicing law together. In 1995, they founded a law firm in Birmingham, Alabama, with a simple goal – to help people injured by wrongful conduct. They built their practice to be a safe harbor for those who need help, and did what many lawyers refused to do – take on powerful corporate interests who place profits before people. They knew they would be fighting big insurance companies. They knew they would be going up against global corporations. They knew it wouldn’t be easy. But they didn’t back down. They took them on and they won. Over and over again. As a result of this perseverance, our firm has won over 25,000 cases across the country; securing a total of $3 Billion in groundbreaking multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients, as well as helping improve the safety of products for consumers worldwide. A few of these notable verdicts and settlements include: $670 Million Toxic Chemical C-8 Cancer Verdict $50 Million Verdict Against DuPont in PFOA Cancer Case $25 Million Verdict Against Nissan in Auto Defect Product Liability Case $10 Million Verdict in Hit-and-Run Wrongful Death Case $9 Million Verdict in Lee County, AL Medical Malpractice Case These wins represent so much more than just a dollar amount. They represent the wellbeing of our cli­ents, which is something we take deep pride in protecting. As one of only a handful of U.S. law firms to reach this milestone, Cory Watson is proud to have cultivated a national reputation for serving injury victims across the country in cases involving: Motor vehicle wrecks Dangerous drugs Medical malpractice Defective medical devices Asbestos and mesothelioma Class action lawsuits Product liability Environmental injury Wrongful death Personal injury Our firm’s case success is largely based on our commitment to providing the most determined, compassionate representation. We strive to provide the highest level of service and a renewed sense of hope to our clients because we genuinely care about each and every one of them and their families. This is possible because of the hard work of the hundreds of dedicated employees, attorneys, and staff who, over the last 25 years, have helped Cory Watson evolve into the firm it is today. Cory Watson has grown beyond the state of Alabama into Memphis and Nashville with the enduring goal of fighting for the justice that our clients deserve. You Deserve the Best. Never Settle for Less.

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Lauren Miller Named in 2020 Women to Watch by the Birmingham Business Journal

Cory Watson is proud to announce that attorney Lauren Miller has been recognized as one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2020 Women to Watch. This honorary list recognizes women who have emerged as key leaders in their companies or organizations, Additionally, this recognition highlights women who have the potential to shape the future of Birmingham’s business world, and who are primed to make a significant impact in the Birmingham business community. “Lauren is recognized for her proven talent and her ability to add value to the team approach our firm takes with injury cases involving the largest corporations in the world,” said firm co-founder Ernest Cory. “Her tireless work ethic and dedication to her clients is inspiring. We are proud to have her at Cory Watson and look forward to the next challenge Lauren will navigate on behalf of our clients.” Mrs. Miller is an engaged and empathetic counsel for her clients, and her inclination to help people shines through her dedicated work. Lauren takes an innovative approach to representing her clients and is uncompromising in identifying ways to help them. As an integral part of the firm’s mass tort practice, Lauren has worked unwaveringly to advance the cases that have been entrusted to her. Lauren was recently appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Zantac Products Liability Litigation and she represents clients in complex litigation injured from dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and dangerous medical devices. Ms. Miller also advocates for clients in individual personal injury claims, pursuing justice for sexual assault survivors. Lauren has been consistently recognized by national publications such as Super Lawyers: Rising Stars, Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, and B-Metro Magazine. On behalf of our thousands of clients in Alabama, Tennessee and nationwide, the attorneys and staff at Cory Watson Attorneys congratulate Lauren Miller for this well-deserved recognition. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than $3 billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson Attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability, and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation,  Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts. To view the entire list of 2020 Women to Watch, click here.

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Four Cory Watson Attorneys Recognized as Top Women Attorneys by B-Metro

Cory Watson congratulates the four lawyers who were recognized as Top Women Attorneys by B-Metro in the magazine’s August 2020 edition. The feature recognized women across Birmingham who have successful legal practices, as well as a demonstrated commitment to their community and profession. They are part of a deserving group of women who are truly dedicated to their profession on behalf of the Birmingham community and their clients. The Cory Watson attorneys recognized by B-Metro Magazine include: Leila H. Watson As firm co-founder and principal at Cory Watson, Ms. Watson focuses her practice on personal injury, mass torts, and medical malpractice litigation. She is widely recognized among the legal community, serving as President of the Birmingham Bar Association in 2017 and earning nationwide recognition from Best Lawyers as a Birmingham “Lawyer of the Year” for 2021. Elizabeth E. Chambers Principal attorney Beth Chambers has always focused her career on helping those in need, such as clients injured by dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. She is honored to be an advocate for her clients in large mass tort cases such as the 3M Earplug, Zimmer Duron Hip, Risperdal, and Chantix products liability litigation, where she served on the Bellwether Committee. Nina Towle Herring Attorney Nina Towle Herring is proud to represent clients across the country in pharmaceutical, environmental, and product liability litigation. Her practice is focused on C-8 water contamination cases, where she is an integral part of the Cory Watson team winning multi-million-dollar verdicts on behalf of clients in Ohio and West Virginia. Lauren S. Miller Attorney Lauren Miller represents clients in complex litigation injured from dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and dangerous medical devices. Ms. Miller also advocates for clients in individual personal injury claims, pursuing justice for sexual assault survivors. She was recently named to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, a leadership role for the Zantac multi-district litigation. On behalf of our thousands of clients nationwide, each of us at Cory Watson Attorneys congratulates this team of amazing lawyers for their outstanding achievement and well-deserved recognition. The complete list of “Top Women Attorneys” appears in the August 2020 issue of B-Metro. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than $3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson Attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability, and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts.

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Sixteen Cory Watson Attorneys Honored by Best Lawyers in America 2021

Cory Watson Attorneys is proud to announce that 16 of the firm’s attorneys were recognized for their legal excellence in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.® In addition, Firm Co-Founder and Principal Leila H. Watson was named as a Best Lawyers® 2021 Medical Malpractice “Lawyer of the Year” award in Birmingham. This is the fourth year that Ms. Watson has been honored with this annual award for her outstanding achievements. The latest edition features a new category, “Ones to Watch,” honoring attorneys who are typically five to nine years into their careers and have demonstrated “outstanding professional excellence in private practice.” Eight Cory Watson attorneys were selected for the inaugural award. On behalf of our thousands of clients nationwide, the team at Cory Watson Attorneys congratulates this outstanding group of lawyers for their achievement and well-deserved recognition. BEST LAWYERS 2021 The eight attorneys named as the 2021 Best Lawyers in Birmingham include: Ernest Cory, Co-Founder & Managing Shareholder Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Leila H. Watson, Firm Co-Founder & Principal Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Douglas A. Dellaccio, Jr., Principal Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Elizabeth E. Chambers, Principal Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs Rick DiGiorgio, Principal Attorney Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Jerome Tapley, Principal Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs Stephen Hunt, Jr., Principal Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs Hirlye “Ryan” Lutz, Principal Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs BEST LAWYERS: ONES TO WATCH 2021 Eight of our firm’s talented attorneys received 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition: Adam W. Pittman, Principal Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Curt Tanner, Principal Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Joel Caldwell, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Andrew S. Herring, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Nina Towle Herring, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Lauren S. Miller, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs Mitchell Theodore, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Tiffany L. Webber, Attorney Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs ABOUT BEST LAWYERS® Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” To learn more, visit BestLawyers.com. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than $3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson Attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability, and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts.

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Massive Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Red Onions

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the FDA have linked a nationwide Salmonella outbreak to red onions produced by Thomson International in Bakersfield, California, and distributed by Sysco. This Salmonella outbreak has sickened more than 900 people in the United States so far, with many more likely still unidentified. At least eighty-six people in 43 states have been hospitalized. If you have tested positive for Salmonella, contact our food poisoning legal team for a FREE consultation with an experienced lawyer. Which Onions Are Affected by the Salmonella Recall? Thomson International, a major onion supplier in California, issued a nationwide Salmonella recall on August 1, 2020. Because of the way the products are shipped and stored, the recall also includes red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions shipped since May 1, 2020, to grocery stores in all 50 states. “The wide distribution of these onions explains the rapid growth of this Salmonella outbreak,” said attorney Rick DiGiorgio, whose law firm Cory Watson is signing up clients who wish to file a lawsuit. These onions may have been sold individually by online retailers, in bulk bins at grocery stores, and in small packages. In addition to grocery stores, these products were distributed to foodservice establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals, and nursing homes. Products containing onions such as salads, wraps, dips, and salsas also pose a risk. Consumers who cannot tell if onions they have purchased were produced by Thomson should not eat them. What are Symptoms of Salmonella Infection? Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure, include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. In some people, the illness may be so severe that it requires hospitalization. Children younger than five years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness or fatal infection from Salmonella bacteria. The Salmonella organism may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream, producing severe illnesses and complications such as reactive arthritis, infected aneurysms, colitis, meningitis, or wrongful death. An experienced Salmonella attorney can help you get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and the harm caused by your infection. The Cory Watson Attorneys food poisoning legal team is currently signing up clients for a lawsuit related to this Salmonella outbreak. Contact Experienced Salmonella Lawyers Our food safety attorneys have represented hundreds of clients in major food poisoning outbreaks in the U.S. We pursue maximum compensation and justice for you, so you can focus on your health. If you or someone you know has been sickened or hospitalized and would like a free consultation with our experienced Salmonella legal team, call (877) 562-0000 now or complete the form below. There is no obligation, and we don’t get paid unless we win.

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Cory Watson Attorneys Welcomes Associate Attorney Julianne Zilahy

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys is proud to welcome a new associate, Julianne Zilahy, who joins the firm’s Personal Injury section in the Birmingham office. Julianne Zilahy graduated from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2019, where she first discovered a love for advocacy. She externed with Judge Bowdre of the Northern District of Alabama and worked as a Research Attorney for a local plaintiff’s firm until August 2020, when she joined the staff at Cory Watson Attorneys. A native of Connecticut, Julianne earned her degree in Ballet and minor in Writing from Texas Christian University in 2013. After graduation, she danced professionally with the Alabama Ballet for two years before pursuing law full-time and earning her Juris Doctor degree from Cumberland. Her devotion to seeking justice brought her to the Personal Injury practice group at Cory Watson, where she is currently handling cases involving motor vehicle accident litigation. “Julianne is a great addition to our team,” said firm co-founder and principal attorney Leila Watson. “She is a talented lawyer committed to providing exceptional service to our personal injury clients.” Julianne is excited to continue her career as an advocate by learning from the talented and passionate attorneys at Cory Watson. Click here to learn more about Julianne Zilahy. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than $3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson Attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability, and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts.

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$10 Billion Settlement Reached in Roundup Weed Killer Cancer Litigation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys, alongside many other plaintiff’s firms, have reached a $10.95 billion settlement with Monsanto on behalf of thousands of Americans who have been diagnosed with cancer after exposure to Roundup, the world’s most popular weed killer. Cory Watson has filed multiple lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs against Monsanto, alleging that exposure to their widely used herbicide Roundup was causing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in farmers, landscapers, maintenance workers, and homeowners. “It has been a long journey, but we are pleased to have achieved justice for the tens of thousands of people who, through no fault of their own, are suffering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after using a product Monsanto assured them was safe,” said Douglas A. Dellaccio Jr., principal attorney and Complex Litigation Practice Co-Chair at Cory Watson. For nearly 40 years, farmers around the world used Roundup without knowledge of the dangers posed by its use. Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, has failed to place a warning label on its product informing the consumer that the product contains dangerous agricultural chemicals. In 2015, the World Health Organization found that glyphosate, the principal “weed killer” component of Roundup, is carcinogenic to humans. Monsanto continues to insist that Roundup is harmless and poses no danger to its users, saying it has no plans to pull the product from the market. “This $10 billion settlement is the first big step in correcting the forty years of harm caused by glyphosate, and a big win for anyone who may have been exposed to this dangerous chemical and its carcinogenic effects,” said J. Curt Tanner, principal attorney at Cory Watson. The settlement between Monsanto and plaintiffs is being overseen by court-appointed mediator Kenneth Feinberg, who previously managed compensation funds after September 11 and the explosion of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. “Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a devastating disease, and many of our clients continue to suffer the effects of this cancer,” said R. Andrew Jones, attorney at Cory Watson. “This settlement should help our clients rebuild and move forward in a meaningful way.” Monsanto faces thousands of lawsuits in federal and state courts over the herbicide. Three cases have gone to trial, with juries returning verdicts of $289 million, $80 million, and $2 billion against Monsanto. About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury and environmental tort law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than 3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability, and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts. Click here to download the full press release. Related News: New York Times – Roundup Maker to Pay $10 Billion to Settle Cancer Suits CNN – Bayer settles lawsuits from cancer patients over Roundup weed killer in $10 billion agreement AP News – Bayer paying up to $10.9B to settle Monsanto weedkiller case Wall Street Journal – Bayer to Pay Up to $10.9 Billion to Settle Lawsuits Over Roundup Weedkiller

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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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Cory Watson Attorney Lauren S. Miller Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in Zantac Litigation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson attorney Lauren S. Miller has been named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) for In Re: Zantac (Ranitidine) Products Liability Litigation, the multidistrict litigation involving Zantac medication linked to cancer. Ms. Miller is one of 20 attorneys appointed by U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg to the PSC out of 62 applicants. The PSC will continue to investigate and develop the Zantac (ranitidine) claims. The committee also oversees the coordination, preparation, and presentation of the cases. “I’m honored to be selected to work with this incredibly talented group of attorneys to lead this nationwide litigation,” said Ms. Miller. “It is a privilege to help lead the charge for justice on behalf of consumers who have been harmed by this defective drug.” The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation established MDL 2924 in February, consolidating defective drug liability cases involving Zantac in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Over 200 cases have been filed in the federal MDL, with thousands more expected to be filed against the manufacturers and distributors of Zantac and ranitidine. On April 1, 2020, the FDA ordered the removal of all Zantac (ranitidine) products from the market due to excessive levels of NDMA, a known probable human carcinogen. Exposure to NDMA has been linked to multiple cancers, including cancer of the stomach, colon, intestines, kidneys, and pancreas. “The manufacturers of Zantac have known for decades that the drug is unsafe for consumers,” said Ms. Miller. “Thousands of individuals have been diagnosed with cancer after taking this defective drug. I look forward to holding the drug manufacturers and distributors responsible on behalf of injured plaintiffs.” The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation established the MDL in February consolidating 140 lawsuits. The litigation is In Re: Zantac Ranitidine Products Liability Litigation, case number MDL 2924 and is located in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. About Lauren S. Miller Lauren S. Miller joined Cory Watson Attorneys in 2015 and is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of Alabama. Ms. Miller primarily focuses her practice on personal injury and represents plaintiffs in complex litigations involving dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and consumer products. In addition to her complex litigation practice, Ms. Miller represents clients in individual personal injury claims and pursues justice for sexual assault survivors. Ms. Miller’s experience includes serving on the discovery, expert, and Daubert committees in In Re: Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) and Cialis (Tadalafil) Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2691) where she was part of a six-attorney team from multiple law firms across the country that presented expert witnesses and scientific evidence in a four-day causation hearing in federal court in San Francisco, California. She was also recently part of a national team that favorably resolved over 500 cases against a well-known medical device manufacturer for individuals injured by the company’s defective device. About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than 3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts.

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