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Victory for Women with Ovarian Cancer linked to Johnson & Johnson’s Talc in Missouri Court of Appeals

Victory for Women with Ovarian Cancer linked to Johnson & Johnson’s Talc in Missouri Court of Appeals July 14, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
St. Louis, MO A panel of three judges with the Missouri Appeals Court has found Johnson & Johnson “Outrageous because of Evil Motive or Reckless Indifference” and upheld an award of over $2 billion in damages: $500 million in compensatory damages, plus another $1.62 billion in punitive damages. This group of 22 ovarian cancer victims-- all of whom developed ovarian cancer from J&J’s baby powder-- has now received the sixth largest award in U.S. legal history. 
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Asbestos Re-Surfaces in J&J Talcum Powder

Asbestos Re-Surfaces in J&J Talcum Powder November 15, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC For the first time ever, Johnson & Johnson recalled its baby powder (specifically single lot #22318RB, comprising 33,000 bottles) after the FDA announced trace levels of asbestos were found—purchased from an online retailer. J&J said it is working with the FDA to determine whether the product tested is authentic, counterfeit, or whether cross-contamination of the sample caused a false positive. And it also shows how the FDA lacks the ability to test consumer talc products.
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J&J Wins a Few Asbestos Talc Trials--and Loses More

J&J Wins a Few Asbestos Talc Trials--and Loses More October 14, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Torrance, CA: To date, Johnson and Johnson has lost 14 talcum powder lawsuits (and is appealing most of those), has won seven cases, and five mesothelioma cases have resulted in hung juries and mistrials. The pharma giant is still facing over 14,000 lawsuits alleging its baby powder contained asbestos talc and caused cancer. Two California juries in October, however, rejected allegations that J&J’s talc contained asbestos and caused mesothelioma.
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Johnson and Johnson Asbestos Talc Trials Not About Attorneys

Johnson and Johnson Asbestos Talc Trials Not About Attorneys September 26, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
New JerseyJohnson & Johnson struck another loss in its asbestos talc trial September 11, 2019, and the pharma giant has been ordered to pay $37.3 to four plaintiffs – after the defendants’ attorney called the plaintiffs’ attorney “sinister”, according to Courtroom View Network. That seemed to be enough for the judge, the straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak.
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J&J Presents Article in Asbestos Talc Trial Indicating Weak Link to Peritoneal Mesothelioma

J&J Presents Article in Asbestos Talc Trial Indicating Weak Link to Peritoneal Mesothelioma August 15, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
New Brunswick, NJ: Johnson & Johnson presented scientific literature during the latest asbestos talc trial on August 9 indicating a “weak link” between peritoneal mesothelioma and asbestos exposure, challenging testimony of pathologist John Maddox and the four plaintiffs who have been diagnosed with this form of cancer. All four were exposed to asbestos in J&J baby powder when they were babies, which allegedly caused their terminal cancer. Babies are even more susceptible to the risks of asbestos exposure because their cells are still developing and because they breathe faster, increasing the amount of asbestos they might breathe in, plaintiff’s attorney Moshe Maimon told the jury.
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Daubert Hearing Underway is Crucial to Johnson & Johnson Asbestos Talc Lawsuits

Daubert Hearing Underway is Crucial to Johnson & Johnson Asbestos Talc Lawsuits July 24, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Trenton, NJ: Johnson & Johnson is hoping to snuff out over 20 plaintiffs’ expert witnesses from the multi-district litigation in a Daubert Hearing that began this week. The plaintiff cases are built on expert testimonies who say that asbestos fibers have been found in samples of talcum powder provided by plaintiff lawyers purchased on eBay and other places.
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Johnson & Johnson Investors Accuse the Company of Cover-Up

Johnson & Johnson Investors Accuse the Company of Cover-Up July 19, 2019. By Jane Mundy.

New York, NY: A Johnson & Johnson shareholder in February 2018 filed a securities class action claiming that J&J has known its talcum powder contains asbestos fibers and that exposure to J&J’s talc can cause mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Shareholders are now urging a federal judge to move forward with the lawsuit because they purportedly have evidence showing that the company has known since the 1970s about the dangers of its talc and chose testing methods that couldn’t detect the cancer-causing asbestos fibers.


J&J argues that its shareholders are attempting to rehash decades-old allegations, but the proposed class said that the company failed to actually respond to most of the alleged misstatements in that filing. According to Law360, “The [complaint] sets forth each alleged misrepresentation and omission, which of the defendants made each statement, the date of each statement and the reasons each statement was false and misleading,” the investors said. “Nothing more is required. Notably, defendants fail to challenge many of the misstatements, conceding their falsity.”


Shareholder Frank Hall filed the putative class action in New Jersey federal court claiming that J&J harmed its stockholders by concealing the truth underlying lawsuits and articles contending that J&J’s talcum powder products contain asbestos. According to the complaint, J&J knew for decades that its talc products, namely Johnson’s Baby Powder, contain asbestos fibers and that exposure to J&J’s talc can cause mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Also, J&J’s revenues from sales of these products were unsustainable due to the dangerous and harmful nature of its talc products. And In the 1990s, J&J outlined a plan to hike flagging sales of its powder “by targeting” black and Hispanic women, according to a company memorandum made public in recent lawsuits against J&J.


Further, by not disclosing this danger, J&J kept its stock price artificially high and harmed shareholders who saw prices drop by more than 5 percent when the media reported the information. The lawsuit cites falls in shares that damaged investors from the following news:


1. On September 21, 2017, Bloomberg published an article titled, “Johnson &Johnson alerted to risk of asbestos in talc in '70s, files show,” stating “documents indicate that J&J has known for decades that its talc products include asbestos fibers and that the exposure to those fibers can cause ovarian cancer.” Shares of J&J fell $2.28 per share over five consecutive trading days to close at $129.47 per share on September 28, 2017.


2. On February 5, 2018, CNBC published an article titled, “Johnson & Johnson falls on report that lawsuits could expose potentially damaging documents. Shares of J&J fell $7.29 per share or over 5% from its previous closing price to close at $130.39 per share on February 5, 2018,


3. On February 7, 2018, during aftermarket hours, the Beasley Allen Law Firm issued a press release stating that “[l]awsuits filed by ovarian cancer and mesothelioma victims are revealing never-before-seen documents from Johnson & Johnson and talc supplier, Imerys, that shed light on just how prevalent asbestos and heavy metals are in the talc used in Baby Powder.” The release stated that “[i]nternal Johnson & Johnson documents from 1972 note that asbestos was found in 100 percent of talc samples tested at the time, but this information was never released publicly.” It further stated that J&J stopped funding a project designed to test talc samples for asbestos contamination once a majority of the sample batches were found to be

positive for asbestos.”


This is a federal securities class action on behalf of a class consisting of all persons and entities other than Defendants who purchased or otherwise acquired the publicly traded securities of J&J between February 22, 2013 and February 7, 2018. The case is Hall v. Johnson & Johnson et al., case number 3:18-cv-01833, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
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San Diego Firefighters Exposed to Asbestos at Training Facility

San Diego Firefighters Exposed to Asbestos at Training Facility June 11, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
San Diego Until last summer, San Diego firefighters were training in a facility built with asbestos. Because their training activities involving breaching walls and doors, some firefighters were exposed to asbestos for hundreds of hours over two decades. Now almost 1,000 firefighters have filed documents to ensure their right to financial compensation for asbestos cancer.

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Merchant Marine Asbestos Cases from 1989 Reinstated

Merchant Marine Asbestos Cases from 1989 Reinstated April 29, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Philadelphia, PA: Back in the late 1980s merchant mariners began filing asbestos mesothelioma lawsuits against ship owner and manufacturing defendants in the Northern District of Ohio. Most of the claims languished in the court system – until April 9, 2019 when a U.S. District Court Appeals for the Third Circuit reinstated two lawsuits filed by the estates of two merchant marines.
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New Reuters Report Reveals J&J knew its Talcum Powder link to Asbestos and Cancer

New Reuters Report Reveals J&J knew its Talcum Powder link to Asbestos and Cancer December 15, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: After reviewing documents and testimony from 1971 to the early 2000s, a new report by Reuters determined that Johnson & Johnson’s executives, mine managers, doctors and lawyers were aware the company's raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos. This report reflects many Johnson & Johnson lawsuits alleging these talcum powder products caused women to get ovarian cancer, mesothelioma and other cancers.
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