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 settlements have not been disclosed....Continue Reading
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 claims against Bayer last week....Continue Reading
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 early morning trading on Wednesday following...Continue Reading
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 causing her mesothelioma. Because of her...Continue Reading
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 the trial into two phases....Continue Reading
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