Of Course Johnson & Johnson Knew About Risks of Asbestos in Baby Powder

Johnson & Johnson has long denied that it had any knowledge about harmful ingredients in its talcum powder products. But a recent article in The New York Times reports that the company has known for years that its popular baby powder was potentially contaminated with asbestos. According to the article, the company was warned about the possibility of asbestos contamination in its baby powder by a company executive as early as 1971. The executive recommended to senior company leaders that Johnson & Johnson improve its quality control of talc, a mineral that is the main ingredient in the powder. Asbestos, which has been on the world radar screen for years as a cause of cancer, is often found near talc mines. Two years later, another executive also warned the company about possible asbestos fibers in its talc. Other warnings followed over the years. Instead of removing the product from the market, changing the main ingredient, or at least adding warning labels, senior company leaders instead sought to hide the findings. The deception and denials from the company have gone on for years, to the life-threatening detriment of consumers who use the product. Recent internal documents and memos that came to[…..]

$289M Verdict for Roundup Cancer Victim

$289M Verdict for Roundup Cancer Victim

Sometimes we might stop and think about what we’re spraying on our lawns, or about the chemicals we must handle in our workplaces. Despite regulations, some workers are still exposed to hazardous materials on a regular basis. Cancer is sometimes the outcome after extended periods of time. Repeated exposure to Monsanto’s weedkiller, Roundup, and its active ingredient, glyphosate, has long been suspected of causing cancer. In early August of 2018, a California jury agreed with the case of a terminally-ill man suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, awarding him $289 million in damages for his prolonged exposure to glyphosate. Product liability cases, like the one involving Monsanto’s Roundup, can be extremely complex, requiring expert legal guidance that has your best interests in mind. If you or a loved one is suffering from a defective product, we encourage you to call the Baltimore Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler today for a free review of your case. The Case Starting in 2012, 46-year-old Dewayne (“Lee”) Johnson worked as a groundskeeper for the Benicia school district north of San Francisco, California. His job required him to spray Ranger Pro, a Monsanto weedkiller similar to Roundup, on school grounds, sometimes for hours at a time.[…..]

First Death from Exploding Vape Pen Is Official

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On May 5, 2018, a man in St. Petersburg, Florida, was discovered in a blazing bedroom with burns on 80 percent of his body. But apparently what killed him weren’t his burns, but his vape pen blowing up while he was using it. After an autopsy, the medical examiner listed the cause of death as projectile wounds to the man’s cranium from two pieces of the vape pen driven into his head by the force of the explosion. The type of vape pen the man was using is known as a “mechanical mod.” His model carried the Smok-E Mountain Mech Works logo; the company is based in the Philippines. Mechanical mods differ from other vape pens and have their own set of problems. Smok-E believes the explosion is due either to the atomizer or to the use of a cloned battery (a non-authentic knockoff battery that is often of inferior quality and safety). Smok-E insists that their product does not explode. What Makes Mechanical Mods Distinctive? Mechanical mods are simpler than other vape pens because they are nothing but devices that deliver power directly to the atomizer. The atomizer supplies the fumes that users inhale; the entire vape pen is[…..]

Another Talc-Ovarian Cancer Court Decision, and It’s a Whopper

MD Talcum Powder Lawyer

In March of 2017, we provided you with information about the growing number of ovarian cancer cases brought against Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) because of their baby powder product. At that time, there had been three cases with large-dollar verdicts against JNJ, with $72 million the biggest of the three. As of May, 2017, a Missouri jury has ordered JNJ to pay a Virginia woman with ovarian cancer over $110 million due to her usage of the company’s talc-based products for decades. Currently there are roughly 2,400 lawsuits against JNJ for not warning consumers about the cancer risks involving the company’s baby powder products. Many of the 2,400 suits are pending in St. Louis, the location where JNJ has had to deal with big-money trials. This latest case was also set in St. Louis. 99 Percent at Fault Lois Slemp of Wise, Virginia, who brought the suit, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. The cancer spread to her liver, and she is currently undergoing chemotherapy. She claimed that, after using JNJ’s talc-based products for approximately 40 years, she developed ovarian cancer. The products were Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower powder. Two companies were involved in[…..]

Home Safety and Defective Products

MD Product Liability Lawyer

National Home Safety Month, which falls in June, is meant to remind us to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Accidents in the home take hundreds of thousands of lives every year. The National Safety Council’s (NSC) Injury Facts 2017 reported that, during 2015, 146,571 unintentional deaths occurred in the U.S. While staying safe at home might sound easy, in reality it covers an enormous amount of ground. Home safety can range from preventing break-ins to detecting carbon monoxide to preparing for natural disasters. However, generally five problem areas produce the greatest number of mishaps on home ground: Poisoning has rocketed to the No. 1 spot for unintentional adult deaths, mostly because of prescription drug overdoses. But household cleaners, pesticides, and similar products continue to pose a tremendous danger to children. Falls. Slippery areas such as the bathroom and stairs can create many deadly situations. Falls are a rapidly-growing cause of death for those 65 and over. Choking and suffocation. Keep anything small enough to fit through a toilet paper tube away from the very young. Cords from window blinds and similar items can also prevent a hanging hazard for children. Fires and burns. Cooking areas and space heaters[…..]

If You Are a Woman Who Uses Talcum Powder, Please Read This Now

MD Talcum Powder Lawyer

Talcum powder and baby powder (which is made of talc)—everyday items that so many women use after a shower or bath—have concrete links with certain types of ovarian cancer. A study published in the May, 2016, issue of the medical journal Epidemiology reported that, after prolonged use in the genital-perineal area, talcum powder could raise a woman’s chances of developing cancer of the ovaries by up to 44 percent. The study further showed that talc usage was most likely to be connected with certain types of ovarian cancers, mostly those in the grouping known as epithelial ovarian cancers (EOCs). These cancers, which begin in the lining of the ovaries, are the most common variety, causing 85 to 90 percent of ovarian cancer cases. Unfortunately, nearly 70 percent of women who develop an EOC are not diagnosed until the cancer reaches an advanced stage, resulting in a poor prognosis. Key Takeaways from the Study Some of the evidence that resulted from the study includes the following: A significant association exists between the use of talcum powder and epithelial ovarian cancers. The trend increases as the number of “talc-years” of usage increases. No confounders appeared responsible for the significant association. An epidemiological[…..]

Breaking News about Roundup and Liver Damage

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Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, has been found to cause nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) at very low doses. The pioneering study, done with rats and published in Nature, is the very first one to demonstrate a “causative link between an environmentally-relevant level of Roundup consumption over the long-term and a serious disease,” according to the study’s lead author, Dr. Michael Antoniou of King’s College, London. He also said that the study’s findings were “very worrying.” Dr. Antoniou also noted, “Our results also suggest that regulators should reconsider the safety evaluation of glyphosate-based herbicides.” Roundup is the same stuff you might have bought in big-box stores for weed eradication. It accumulates in the liver and can cause significant injury. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is caused by a buildup of extra fat in liver cells and not related to consumption of alcohol. NAFLD affects as many as 90 million folks in the U.S.—about 25 percent of the population. If not treated, NAFLD can lead to NASH, or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Both NAFLD and NASH, although they are reversible, are serious diseases. Cirrhosis, the final stage of liver damage, is irreversible and eventually fatal unless a liver transplant is obtained.[…..]

Think Twice About Your Exposure to Pesticides

Maryland Pesticide Injury Attorney

We have told you previously about problems with Roundup, a broad-spectrum herbicide implicated as a risk factor for developing the cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. But recent harmful incidents involving pesticides have surfaced in which people have sustained permanent damage and disability. What Are Pesticides? Pesticides kill many things. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), common pesticides include: Herbicides (kills weeds, like Roundup does) Insecticides (kills insects) Rodenticides (kills rodents like mice and rats) Fungicides (kills fungal outbreaks such as mold). All of these pesticide varieties carry some form of risk. Traditional farming uses several types of pesticides, which is one big reason that organic farming and food have become popular. But your danger from pesticides can be much bigger than eating non-organic food. It can be as close as the company which treats your home for roaches or termites, or as close as the bottle of “cide” you purchase at a big-box store. The list is long when it comes to the active ingredients—the poisons—in these products. Some general classes of ingredients include: Organochlorines Organophosphates Pyrethrin and pyrethroids Carbamates These have been associated with some of the honeybee deaths. What Harm Can Pesticides Cause? In humans, and in[…..]

Wood Stove Safety

Maryland Wood Stove Injury Lawyer

The smell and sound of a wood fire, the warmth that it emits, and possibly some savings for your wallet as well—no wonder so many of us enjoy heating our homes with wood stoves. Used properly, wood stoves can be an effective way to heat your place. But wood stoves also carry some risks if you don’t understand what you need to do to use one safely. Fires in the U.S. that occur because of wood-burning stoves and related appliances cause around 2,500 injuries and 280 deaths each year. Home heating systems in general are the second most common reason for all winter house fires (cooking is the first). We can tell you about three recent house fires caused by wood stoves: 2016: A house fire near the Frederick-Carroll county border in Maryland did $200K worth of damage. Fortunately, everyone got out safely. A malfunctioning wood stove was the cause. 2016: A house fire in Mahanoy Township, Pennsylvania, resulted in no injuries, with smoke detectors getting the credit for saving lives. A malfunctioning wood stove was the cause. 2016: A house fire in Marshfield, Massachusetts left the home uninhabitable. There were no injuries, because of working smoke detectors. A faulty[…..]

Has Your Christmas Gift Been Recalled?

Maryland Christmas Product Injury Lawyer

It certainly seems as if 2016 was The Year of the Recall, as products ranged from Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones to additional Takata airbag recalls to Cuisinart food processors as old as 20 years. But did you know that many, many more products were recalled during 2016? In fact, in December alone, 26 products were recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for safety hazards, some quite serious. Created in 1972, the CPSC is a federal independent regulatory agency that is meant to protect us all from injuries and deaths that come about through consumer products. They have jurisdiction over many thousands of items, from candles to coffee makers to chainsaws. And the amount of work they complete in a year is pretty praiseworthy. The CPSC’s Accomplishments The CPSC manages to complete an enormous amount of work each year when it comes to investigating unsafe products and publicizing recalls. For example, for fiscal year 2015, the CPSC accomplished the following: At U.S. ports of entry, they screened over 35,000 diverse imported consumer products. Cleared nearly 100 percent (99.6) of the imports within a single business day. Handled almost 67,000 calls that came in to the CPSC Hotline,[…..]