Legal Developments

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The justice system plays an essential role in the safety of prescription drugs and medical devices. When regulatory agencies fail to act, a courthouse becomes the only way to hold manufacturers accountable. At MedTruth, we believe the vitality of a nation relies on the justice upheld by its people. Keep your hand on the pulse of mass torts law and other litigation regarding patient harm and consumer safety.

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Wildfires burning in California potentially caused by PG&E

California Wildfires Spark Legal and Political Battles for PG&E

Nicole Knight · December 5, 2019

PG&E, the power provider implicated in the recent California wildfires, now faces legal action by the state.

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A photo of plants, representing the concept of Roundup causing cancer.

In 3 Months, 20,000 More Plaintiffs Claim Roundup Caused Cancer

Emma Schkloven · November 26, 2019

The number of plaintiffs claiming Roundup caused their cancer has more than doubled to 42,700 in the last three months.

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A photo of J&J's talcum powder products in relation to a recent lawsuit involving Claire's.

Seven Plaintiffs Refile J&J Talc Lawsuit to Prosecute Claire's and Others

James Parker · August 1, 2019

Judge George H. Wu of California granted case dismissal to seven plaintiffs in a talc lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for their failure to label talc products. The plaintiffs will refile - adding more cases to their complaint and holding other companies liable.

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Image of a golfer placing a ball on a tee in the grass, representing Gary Lindeblad's Roundup lawsuit.

Golf Pro Sues Monsanto, Claims Roundup Caused Cancer

James Parker · September 16, 2020

A Washington state golf pro who says Roundup caused his cancer has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto. 

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Johnson & Johnson Talc Appeal Reaches Missouri Supreme Court

James Parker · September 11, 2020

J&J is asking the Missouri Supreme Court to overturn a multibillion-dollar ruling that affirmed that asbestos and carcinogens in its talc products caused cancer in 22 women.

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Image of a woman holding her glasses and rubbing her eyes due to vision damage from Elmiron.

Elmiron Lawsuits Claim Drug Companies Knowingly Withheld Risks

James Parker · August 25, 2020

Two women allege that drug manufacturers knowingly withheld information about harm caused by long-term use of Elmiron.

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Essure Settlement Costs Bayer $1.6 Billion

MedTruth Editors · August 20, 2020

Bayer will pay $1.6 billion to settle the majority of U.S. claims brought by women who said they were sickened or harmed by Essure permanent birth control.

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Image of a tractor spraying crops with dicamba herbicide, representing the registrants’ petition for En Banc rehearing.

Ban on Controversial Herbicide Dicamba Stands, Court Decides

Lynne Higby · August 20, 2020

A federal appellate court affirmed a nationwide ban on the controversial weed killer dicamba.

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Court Panel Affirms Decision That Roundup Causes Cancer, but Slashes Record Jury Verdict

T.J. La · August 7, 2020

A jury verdict that found that Monsanto’s Roundup caused a groundskeeper’s cancer still stands under a California appellate decision issued last month, but the panel slashed the award.

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Federal Judge Sends 11 J&J Talc Cases Back to Missouri State Court

Lynne Higby · July 21, 2020

Eleven cases in Johnson & Johnson’s ongoing talcum powder litigation have been bumped back to Missouri state court.

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Judge Rebuffs Bayer’s Settlement Bid Over Proposed Scheme to Sidestep Jury

Lynne Higby · July 15, 2020

The case’s presiding judge questioned the lawfulness of a provision in the proposed $10 billion settlement, causing attorneys representing Roundup plaintiffs to back away from the proposed deal.

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Civil Rights, A Global Pandemic and Justice: Practicing Law in the Era of COVID-19

Emily Rose Thorne · July 10, 2020

Amid a push to transform the criminal justice system and mandates to work from home to avoid worsening a public health crisis, how have America’s lawyers adapted their practice?

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Woman going into an MRI machine representing the GBCA chemical toxicity suit.

GBCA Chemical Toxicity Suit Weathers Dismissal Claims

James Parker · July 2, 2020

The plaintiff claims that the GBCAs used in her MRIs in 2015 caused a condition known as gadolinium deposition disease (GDD) and a host of debilitating side effects.

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Zofran Bellwether Delay Pushes Proceedings to 2021

James Parker · June 29, 2020

The multidistrict Zofran litigation has been further delayed to 2021 due to coronavirus concerns.

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J&J to Pay $2.1 Billion in Talc Damage

Lynne Higby · June 26, 2020

A Missouri court of appeals affirmed a jury verdict finding that Johnson and Johnson had actual knowledge of asbestos contained in its popular talcum-based baby powder.

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California Attorneys Seek to Consolidate Zantac Lawsuits

James Parker · June 12, 2020

Attorneys representing 40 plaintiffs in California have recently filed a petition to consolidate product liability cases against the manufacturers of the heartburn medication Zantac, which may cause cancer.

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Tobacco Companies Challenge LA County Vape Ban in California Federal Court

James Parker · June 10, 2020

A group of tobacco companies is pushing to legally overturn the Los Angeles County ban on flavored vape fluid, alleging the action is unconstitutional and unenforceable. 

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State Courts Tolling Statutes of Limitation During COVID-19

Joanna Shawn Brigid O'Leary · June 4, 2020

Federal and state courts are struggling to process lawsuits and fulfill civil procedural protocols as the coronavirus outbreak continues, causing the need to "toll" or suspend statutes of limitations.

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How to Navigate Statutes of Limitation in Talc-Cancer Claims

Lynne Higby · May 27, 2020

Questions about the statute of limitations for ovarian cancer wrongful death claims have been raised by the families of women who used Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products.

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New York State Courts Gradually Reopening

James Parker · May 22, 2020

Courts in New York City starting the next stage of re-opening, allowing for electronic filing of non-essential legal matters using the New York State Electronic Filing System (NYSCEF).

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Nursing Home Execs May Lose COVID-19 Liability Protections

James Parker · May 21, 2020

Newly introduced legislation could unravel legal protections recently afforded nursing home executives and administrators in New York.

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Johnson & Johnson Faces Elmiron Lawsuit for Allegedly Concealing Adverse Event Data

James Parker · May 18, 2020

A recent legal complaint filed in May by a Nevada woman named Tina Pisco claims Elmiron, a drug for interstitial cystitis, caused her to develop maculopathy — a degenerative disease of the retina that may permanently damage vision.

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After 9 Months, Daubert Ruling on Talcum Powder-Cancer is Released

James Parker · May 1, 2020

The recent Daubert opinion, written by presiding Judge Wolfson after a nine-month deliberation, is a crucial ruling on the validity of the methods used by the expert scientific witnesses testifying in the talcum powder and ovarian cancer multi-district litigation.

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New Opioid Lawsuit Filings May Be on the Horizon

James Parker · April 21, 2020

More than 2,700 multidistrict-litigations are still pending in Ohio federal court, while new opioid lawsuit filings are being bounced back to local and tribal governments.

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Bayer Renegs on Roundup Cancer Claim Settlements, Blames Coronavirus

Carah Wertheimer · April 8, 2020

Bayer is backing out of draft settlements with U.S. law firms representing more than 45,000 plaintiffs who allege that their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caused by exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup.

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Johnson & Johnson Talc Appeal Unhindered by COVID-19 Shutdown

James Parker · March 30, 2020

A Missouri appellate court set an April 24 date for Johnson & Johnson’s $4.69 billion talc appeal, despite the Missouri Supreme Court’s cancellation of all April arguments to reduce COVID-19 exposure.

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Zofran Bellwether Delay Halts Litigatory Momentum

James Parker · March 27, 2020

The first bellwether trial in the multidistrict litigation involving Zofran, an anti-nausea medication that may cause birth defects, has been indefinitely postponed.

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Pregnant woman taking Zofran for nausea representing the 500 cases pending against GlaxoSmithKline.

Hundreds of Cases Against Zofran Manufacturer Still Pending

Nicole Knight · March 13, 2020

More than 500 cases are pending against GlaxoSmithKline, claiming the drugmaker aggressively marketed Zofran to pregnant women without informing them of the potential risk of birth defects.

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A photo of a young hand holding a JUUL e-cigarette.

More States Sue JUUL As FDA's Regulatory Deadline Approaches

Kimberly Nicoletti · March 11, 2020

As more states file suit against Juul, the vaping manufacturer prepares to submit an application to the FDA to prove that e-cigarettes benefit smokers more than they harm teenagers.

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Corporations Accused of Allowing Excess NDMA in Zantac MDL

James Parker · March 4, 2020

A Zantac multidistrict litigation hearing was held to decide how to proceed with over 100 lawsuits filed alleging that the makers of Zantac and its counterparts concealed fatal defects in the drug’s ingredients.

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National Trial Lawyers Summit Hosts First-Ever Women's Leadership Forum

Andrea Sarcos · February 6, 2020

Nearly 50 trial lawyers gathered at the Women’s Leadership Forum, a dedicated development session in support of women in the profession, at the National Trial Lawyers Summit in Miami, Florida.

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J&J Fined More Than $180 Million for Asbestos Contamination

James Parker · February 6, 2020

A New Jersey jury imposed a now-reduced verdict of three-quarters of a million dollars in punitive fines to Johnson & Johnson.

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California Ethicon Mesh Judgement Results in $344 Million Fine for J&J

James Parker · January 30, 2020

Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary is set to pay $344 million for failing to inform consumers about the risks of transvaginal mesh.

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Boynton Beach Zantac Lawsuit Filed by Local Woman

James Parker · January 15, 2020

A Florida woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that Zantac manufacturers deliberately allowed an unsafe product to remain on the market.

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A stock photo of a woman signing a document, representing the recent midtrial settlement in the California talcum powder mesothelioma case.

Johnson & Johnson Settlement Abruptly Concludes California Talc Trial

James Parker · January 7, 2020

Johnson & Johnson and plaintiffs Linda and Mark O’Hagan reached a midtrial settlement without jury verdict, meaning the jury will not be given an opportunity to make a decision that considers the FDA's finding of asbestos in talcum powder.

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A photo of a justice scale representing the Los Angeles jury verdict which found in favor of Johnson & Johnson in a recent mesothelioma cancer case.

Los Angeles Jury Rules in Favor of Johnson & Johnson in Talc Mesothelioma Lawuit

James Parker · December 17, 2019

A jury in Los Angeles found Johnson & Johnson is not liable for causing Pui "Amy" Fong's mesothelioma, deciding its Baby Powder product was not defective nor a substantial threat.

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Fields in Maui where Monsanto illegally sprayed banned pesticides.

Monsanto Loses $10 Million in Maui Pesticide Case

Emma Schkloven · December 17, 2019

Monsanto pleaded guilty to spraying illegal pesticides in Maui, Hawaii, and has agreed to pay $10 million in charges.

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Women Sue Allergan for Concealing Breast Implant Cancer Risk

Nicole Knight · December 6, 2019

Six women have filed a complaint alleging the manufacturer Allergan intentionally hid possible breast implant safety risks.

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Wildfires burning in California potentially caused by PG&E

California Wildfires Spark Legal and Political Battles for PG&E

Nicole Knight · December 5, 2019

PG&E, the power provider implicated in the recent California wildfires, now faces legal action by the state.

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A photo of plants, representing the concept of Roundup causing cancer.

In 3 Months, 20,000 More Plaintiffs Claim Roundup Caused Cancer

Emma Schkloven · November 26, 2019

The number of plaintiffs claiming Roundup caused their cancer has more than doubled to 42,700 in the last three months.

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Maui Families File Suit Against Monsanto for Chemical Exposure

Emma Schkloven · November 19, 2019

Two families in Maui, Hawaii, have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto, claiming the company’s use of pesticides and chemicals led to birth defects in their newborns. 

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Doctor charged in transvaginal mesh surgery scheme consulting with patient.

Doctor and Accomplice Charged in Transvaginal Mesh Surgery Scheme

Nicole Knight · November 14, 2019

A doctor and his consultant face multiple charges after tricking transvaginal mesh patients into getting unnecessary surgery.

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Birth Defects in Zofran Litigation Disputed, Despite Evidence Removed

James Parker · November 13, 2019

Recent litigation on Zofran has called into question expert testimony, which was removed from the evidence indicating that Zofran causes birth defects when used by pregnant women. Drug manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline denies that causation of complications beyond heart defects and cleft palate can be proved. Though five cases were removed from the compilation of suits against GSK, the court proceedings wage on -- calling into question whether or not GSK should be required to update their product labeling with an adequate warning.

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A photo of the Supreme Court to represent Riegel v. Medtronic case which set the precedent for lawsuits filed by patients harmed by Class III medical device.

Riegel v. Medtronic: How the Landmark Case Limits Patient Rights

Carah Wertheimer · October 17, 2019

In 2008, a complex case set a legal precedent that dictates how Class III medical devices are approached. It's the landmark Supreme Court ruling, known as Riegel v. Medtronic, that changed everything. Now, those harmed by Class III medical devices struggle to seek legal recourse.

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Johnson & Johnson Reached $20.4 Million Settlement With Ohio Counties in Landmark Opioid Case

Tess Francke · October 9, 2019

Johnson & Johnson reached a $20.4 million settlement with Cuyahoga and Summit counties in Ohio. The company resolves all claims by the counties without admission of liability.

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Judge Orders J&J to Pay $572 Million to Remediate Opioid Damages in Oklahoma

Tess Francke · September 5, 2019

After a nearly two-month trial, Judge Thad Balkman of Cleveland County District Court ruled Johnson & Johnson had intentionally played down the dangers and oversold the benefits of opioids. The company will pay $572 million for the community destruction caused by prescription painkillers.

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The EPA Will Not Ban a Pesticide That Can Harm Kids’ Brains

Nicole Knight · August 28, 2019

The EPA has decided not to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos despite evidence that the chemical harms children's brains. It is relevant to note that Dow Chemical, manufacturer of the chemical, donated significantly to the Trump administration's inaugural events.

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A photo of J&J's talcum powder products in relation to a recent lawsuit involving Claire's.

Seven Plaintiffs Refile J&J Talc Lawsuit to Prosecute Claire's and Others

James Parker · August 1, 2019

Judge George H. Wu of California granted case dismissal to seven plaintiffs in a talc lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for their failure to label talc products. The plaintiffs will refile - adding more cases to their complaint and holding other companies liable.

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Marketing Tactics Mislead Consumers, Says Latest Testimony Against J&J Mesh

James Parker · July 31, 2019

In the latest transvaginal mesh trial, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, expert testimony speaks to the way Johnson & Johnson's advertisements mislead consumers. Surgeon Margolis believes their mesh causes "substantial, significant, irreversible damage," despite consumer-friendly ads.

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$2 Billion Verdict Reduced in Roundup Cancer Case

Lauren Styx · July 29, 2019

In May, a jury awarded the amount of $2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million in compensatory damages to a California couple who developed cancer after years of exposure to Roundup weedkiller. Last week, the California judge significantly reduced the award in this historic Roundup cancer case.

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Photo of woman holding opioids after Oklahoma Opioid Trial Reveals Johnson & Johnson Pushed Opioids.

Oklahoma Opioid Trial Reveals Johnson & Johnson Pushed Opioids

James Parker · June 25, 2019

Oklahoma's latest opioid trial revealed that Johnson & Johnson pressured doctors to sell "more and more opioids." During proceedings, It also came to light that J&J heavily profited from its two subsidiaries Noramco and Tasmanian Alkaloids - major players in U.S. opioid epidemic.

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A photo of a doctor making note of a patient's adverse event for reporting, which would be mandatory under the Medical Device Guardians Act.

Guardians Act Would Require Doctors to File Adverse Event Reports

Nicole Knight · June 4, 2019

A new bill was introduced in the House of Representatives, inspired by Dr. Amy Reed whose cancer was spread by a medical device called a power morcellator. The Medical Device Guardians Act would require doctors to report unsafe devices to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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A woman holding white pills in one hand and a glass of water in the other, representing the J&J opioid trial in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Begins Historic Opioid Trial Against Johnson & Johnson

Emma Schkloven · May 31, 2019

The trial will determine if Johnson & Johnson used deceptive marketing to downplay the risks of opioid painkillers, contributing to the public health crisis that has reportedly claimed the lives of 4,600 Oklahoma residents.

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A photo of two people sitting in a museum, thinking about the Sackler family's part in the opioid crisis, which has caused museums to reject their donations.

Opioid Link Has Sackler Family Donations Declined By Museums

S. Nicole Lane · May 23, 2019

The Sackler family has profited for years from their personal connections to Purdue Pharma amid the opioid crisis. Now, esteemed museums like the Met, Tate Modern, and the Guggenheim decline the Sackler Family Donations following public backlash.

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J&J Mesothelioma Talc Verdict in New York May Exceed $25 Million

James Parker · May 22, 2019

A New York jury issued a $25 million verdict against J&J for its part in causing a 66-year-old woman's asbestos-related cancer. The woman, Donna Olson, used J&J's talc products for decades.

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Monsanto to Pay $2 Billion to California Couple in Latest Roundup Case

Lauren Styx · May 20, 2019

Last Monday, in the most recent of three similar Roundup case verdicts, a California jury ruled in favor of couple Alva and Alberta Pilliod. The couple claimed that long-term exposure Roundup on their Northern California property caused severe health issues.

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Monsanto Held Liable for Cereal Farmer's Sickness in France

Nicole Knight · April 30, 2019

A French court sided with a cereal farmer who claimed Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller made him sick, claiming the product’s label inadequately warned him of its risks.

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Purdue Settles for $270 Million in Oklahoma's Opioid Crisis

James Parker · April 17, 2019

The state of Oklahoma and Purdue Pharmaceuticals have agreed to a $270 million settlement to help combat the crippling issue of opioid addiction in rural America.

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Second Jury Links Roundup to Cancer, $80 Million Verdict

Carah Wertheimer · March 30, 2019

Today the jury ordered Monsanto to pay $80 million in damages for 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, who sprayed his 56-acre property with Roundup for 26 years.

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San Francisco Jury Calls Roundup a "Substantial Factor" in Cancer Case

Carah Wertheimer · March 21, 2019

In the recent Monsanto Roundup trial, six jurors in a San Francisco federal court unanimously decided that Roundup (glyphosate), the world’s most widely-used herbicide, was likely a “substantial factor” in causing Edwin Hardeman's non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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3 Legal Cases Fighting Dangerous Products in 2019

Carah Wertheimer · March 7, 2019

Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder, Monsanto's Roundup and the chilling opioid crisis have recently been in the headlines as legal teams attempt to get justice for thousands of injured individuals. Here's our breakdown of the top three legal cases to watch in 2019.

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Biologist Testified on Talc in Dying Woman's Lungs in California Trial

Nicole Knight · March 4, 2019

A biologist testified that asbestos in talcum powder was found in a dying woman's lungs, according to a recent California jury trial.

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New Talcum Powder Warning Label Case in California

Carah Wertheimer · February 6, 2019

Johnson & Johnson's legal troubles have taken a new turn, now focused on the talcum powder warning label. Under California's Proposition 65, companies must issue warnings if products expose customers to known cancer-causing agents.

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Monsanto Verdict Reduced to $78.5 Million, Chemo Brain May Affect Second Trial

Nicole Knight · November 5, 2018

A California judge has chopped a landmark $289-million jury verdict. The Monsanto Roundup verdict now sits at $78.5 million.

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What Happened in the First Trial Linking Monsanto's Roundup to Lymphoma

Nicole Knight · September 24, 2018

Johnson, who received a favorable $289-million verdict, claimed Monsanto had long known of the cancer risks of glyphosate but failed to warn consumers of the dangers.

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22 Women Win Talcum Powder Cancer Case

James Parker · August 16, 2018

A Missouri jury awarded $4.69 billion to compensate women who reportedly developed talcum powder ovarian cancer, delivering the largest product-defect verdict in U.S. history.

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Half the Nation Unites Against Opioid Manufacturer

James Parker · July 6, 2018

In a crackdown attempt to fight the opioid crisis, 26 states are taking legal action against a major OxyContin manufacturer.

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Texas Firefighter Awarded $1.2 Million for Failed Blood Clot Filter

Ashley Lombardo · July 4, 2018

A Houston firefighter who claimed a Cook Celect IVC filter caused him serious pain and injuries has been awarded $1.2 million by a Texas state jury.

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$28 Million Xarelto Verdict Draws Attention to U.S. Bleeding Risk

Ashley Lombardo · December 15, 2017

An Indiana woman was awarded a million-dollar Xarelto verdict after she developed GI bleeds without knowing the risks.

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What the Arrest of Billionaire John Kapoor Means for Opioid Dependency

Ashley Lombardo · November 1, 2017

Pharma executive John Kapoor was arrested for pushing doctors to prescribe a powerful narcotic opioid known as Subsys.

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Photo of a vibrant soybean field where Monsanto's Roundup is not used while Monsanto's Roundup lawsuit continues.

Monsanto Lawsuit Debate Over Roundup's Link to Cancer Continues

Ashley Lombardo · October 18, 2017

Lawyers continue to debate allegations that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, can cause cancer.

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Does Baby Powder Contain Asbestos?

Ashley Lombardo · October 11, 2017

Concerns over talcum powder's link to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma have left courts in St. Louis asking if baby powder contains asbestos.

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Taxotere Lawsuits More Than Double in 2017

Ashley Lombardo · September 13, 2017

The number of Taxotere lawsuits pending in federal court has more than doubled in 2017, almost tripling since 2016.

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Jury Awards $417M in California Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Ashley Lombardo · August 22, 2017

A Los Angeles jury on Monday awarded a record $417 million in damages in a talcum powder lawsuit brought by a California woman.

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Maker Of Benicar Agrees To Pay Up To $300M In Settlements

Ashley Lombardo · August 18, 2017

The cases stem from accusations that the manufacturer failed to warn the public about the severe side effects of Benicar and related drugs.

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Judge Consolidates Invokana Lawsuits In New Jersey

Ashley Lombardo · February 13, 2017

On Dec. 7, 2016, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered the cases be joined into a multidistrict legislation (MDL). More than 50 Invokana lawsuits related to the controversial diabetes drug have been consolidated in a U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

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New Jersey Court Awards $11 Million Mesh Settlement to Survivor

Ashley Lombardo · January 16, 2017

A New Jersey court awarded a mesh settlement more than $11 million to a South Dakota nurse surviving transvaginal mesh complications.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Pays $19 Million in Multistate Settlement for Abilify’s Illegal Marketing

Ashley Lombardo · December 14, 2016

In a $19 million Abilify settlement, Bristol-Myers Squibb was found guilty of illegally marketed the antipsychotic for unapproved uses.

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Bayer Sued for Bleeding and Cramping Side Effects Linked to Essure

Ashley Lombardo · October 21, 2016

Plaintiffs have filed against Bayer AG for hiding dangers linked to the medical device Essure. The Essure lawsuit includes multiple charges.

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GlaxoSmithKline Paid $3 Billion in Largest Fraud Settlement

Ashley Lombardo · October 12, 2016

GlaxoSmithKline was found guilty of off-label ads, hiding safety data and faulty price reporting in a billion-dollar drug fraud settlement.

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Woman Takes Action Against Taxotere for Hair Loss Side Effect

Ashley Lombardo · October 3, 2016

Manufacturers didn't inform patients about the chemotherapy drug Taxotere's permanent hair loss risk. Ami Dodson took action and filed a lawsuit.

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Legal System Works for Young Boy Who Developed Breasts

Ashley Lombardo · August 24, 2016

The legal system awarded $70 million to a 5-year-old boy who developed breasts in a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit.

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Judge Supports Survivor of Talcum Powder Cancer With $55 Million

Ashley Lombardo · May 11, 2016

A St. Louis judge awarded $55 million to Gloria Ristesund, a woman who reportedly developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products for decades. The lawsuit is the second of its kind as 1,200 women plan to take action against Johnson & Johnson in the talc trials.

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