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A suit filed on October 29 claims that e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL Labs sent over one million mint-flavored nicotine pods to market, Buzzfeed News reports. Siddharth Breja, a former executive at the San Francisco company, alleges that JUUL knew that it had sent contaminated pods to market but failed to alert consumers or issue a recall of the products. Breja says in the complaint that former JUUL CEO Kevin Burns ruled the company in a…
A Colorado man is suing Pfizer, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline and other pharmaceutical companies, saying that a popular heartburn drug caused his bladder cancer. Law360 reports that Mark Allan Blake is accusing manufacturers of Zantac of producing, marketing, and selling a product that produces a cancer-causing chemical when the product is digested. Blake’s lawsuit comes on the heels of several other lawsuits filed after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about products containing…
A California jury has awarded a couple more than $2 billion after determining that use of Roundup weed killer caused their cancer. Bayer’s Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, has now lost three verdicts in cases that say that the company failed to warn consumers about the dangers of Roundup. The couple, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, had used Roundup for decades on their California property. Now both in their 70s, the Pilliods learned within the past…
In a surprising move Wednesday, pharmaceutical and consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson settled three lawsuits accusing the company of manufacturing talc products with cancer-causing ingredients. A jury in a case in Oklahoma was three hours into deliberation when the judge called them back and announced that the two sides had reached a deal. On the same day, J&J reached settlements in cases in New York and California that made similar claims. Details of the…
On Wednesday, a California jury awarded a man $80 million after he successfully argued that his use of Bayer’s Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer. The San Fransisco jury found that it was more likely than not that Edwin Hardeman’s use of the Bayer product caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, awarding roughly $5 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages. The jury found for Hardeman on his defective design, failure to warn, and negligence…
On Tuesday, a San Francisco jury found that use of Roundup weedkiller was a “substantial factor” in causing a man’s cancer. The jury found unanimously that use of the Bayer (formerly Monsanto) product had contributed to causing Edwin Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The trial will now proceed to determine whether Bayer should be held liable for injuries caused to Mr. Hardeman and if so, how much money Mr. Hardeman should receive. Bayer stock dipped in
A California jury has awarded a woman $29 million on her claim that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talc products caused her cancer. This case is the latest in a string of defeats for the consumer and pharmaceutical product company, which faces thousands of similar lawsuits in courts across the country. Teresa Leavitt, the woman at the center of the case, argued that Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder was a substantial contributing factor in…
On February 18, 2019, a California federal judge ruled on evidence disputes in a case that is a part of ongoing litigation concerning Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer and its connection to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco is overseeing a “bellwether” trial for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman, who accuses Monsanto of covering up evidence that glyphosate, the principal ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, causes cancer. Early motions in this trial by Monsanto divided…
Oasis of the Seas to return to port a day earlier than scheduled The Associated Press reported on January 10 that 277 guests and crewmembers became ill on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas liner after exposure to Norovirus. Royal Caribbean is returning the cruise liner to port a day earlier than scheduled and has offered passengers full refunds of their fares. Passengers tweeted that they were “forced” to stay aboard the cruise ship after…
A circuit judge on December 19 refused to overturn a jury verdict of $4.69 billion in a case that accused Johnson & Johnson of failing to disclose that their baby powder and other talcum powder products contained cancer-causing asbestos. The judge wrote that J&J’s conduct in this case was “particularly reprehensible,” as the company had knowingly targeted a dangerous product to mothers and babies. The 22 women that won the verdict were the first to…