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Will Fears of Mesothelioma Finally Drive FDA Oversight of Cosmetics?

Though the public’s awareness of malignant mesothelioma has long been limited to late-night attorneys’ ads, the rare and deadly asbestos-related disease has been at the top of several news cycles since asbestos was found in children’s cosmetics. Added to the growing number of multi-million dollar lawsuits being filed and won against Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder after allegations that its talc was contaminated with asbestos, and it is no wonder that there is a growing push for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to have greater regulating authority over the personal care industry.

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Despite OSHA Regulations Designed to Protect Against Mesothelioma, Missouri Contractors Fail to Protect Employees or Public

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is a division of the U.S. Department of Labor that is tasked with ensuring safe and healthy conditions that protect workers from injury and illnesses like malignant mesothelioma. Through the years the agency has established numerous safeguards and rules specifically surrounding the treatment of asbestos, a material that is blamed for tens of thousands of deaths and illnesses globally each year, but many contractors fail to comply with these rules in an effort to save time and money. A recent investigation by OSHA in the state of Missouri determined that two Kansas City-based contractors tasked with doing rehabilitation work at Kansas State University’s Hale Library failed to adhere to asbestos removal standards, putting their employees and the public at risk. 

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$325 Million Awarded to Woman Who Claimed Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder Caused Her Mesothelioma

Donna Olson’s diagnosis with malignant mesothelioma came in 2016, just one year after the former Brooklyn resident had given up her lifelong practice of using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder on a daily basis. She stopped because of news reports that the product had been linked to cancer as a result of possible asbestos contamination. Unfortunately, it was too late. By 2017 she and her husband had filed a lawsuit against the consumer product giant, and by the time the case got to trial she was too ill to attend. Last month the jury gave her and her husband a combined $25 million to compensate them for her pain and suffering, and this week the same jury came back with a remarkable $300 million in punitive damages against the company. It was a resounding decision, and one of the largest that the company has faced from a jury so far.

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71-Year-Old Billionaire Sentenced to Jail Over Mesothelioma Deaths

A Swiss billionaire who has repeatedly been accused of complicity and involuntary manslaughter in the exposure of thousands of people to asbestos and the risk of mesothelioma was sentenced to four years in prison by a jury in Turin, Italy. Stephan Schmidheiny is the scion and former majority shareholder in his family’s company, Eterit Genova, which used asbestos in its materials and plants and exposed both its workers and nearby residents to the toxic material.

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84-Year-Old With Mesothelioma Wins Case Against Asbestos Company

An Australian judge hearing the case of an 84-year-old man diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma put a stop to an asbestos company’s arguments against having to pay for his care at home, saying that the man has a right to some comfort in his final days. Judge Wendy Strathdee of the Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales was hearing the case of Ronald William Phillips, a former architectural designer whose asbestos-related disease has been blamed on contaminated products sold by James Hardie. The previously active octogenarian had been living on his own in a beachside town prior to his diagnosis, then moved to a rented apartment where he has been receiving nursing care from professionals, family and friends. But James Hardie company attorneys objected to the expense and insisted that they only should have to pay for care at a nursing home. The judge rejected their argument.

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TTF Therapy Receives FDA Approval for Mesothelioma Victims

Victims of asbestos exposure who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma received some promising medical news last week when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Novocure’s NovoTTF-100L System for treatment of their rare and fatal disease. The approval is the first that the federal agency has given to a malignant mesothelioma treatment in fifteen years.

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Mesothelioma Lawsuits Against Consumer Talc Companies Continue

The mesothelioma lawsuit filed by Patricia Schmitz against Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder continued in a California court room this week, with a pulmonologist brought in by the consumer giant claiming that the 61-year-old woman’s mesothelioma was not caused by exposure to asbestos: instead, he claims that it generated spontaneously. The same expert claimed that there is no causal relationship between ambient asbestos exposure and the terminal asbestos-related disease.

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Lung Specialist Gives Heartbreaking Testimony in 61-Year-Old’s Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Every mesothelioma lawsuit represents a tragedy. Each one tells the story of a person who, at some point in their life, was exposed to asbestos, and that exposure results in them being diagnosed with a painful and incurable form of terminal cancer. Still, some cases are more emotionally challenging than others, and such is the case of 61-year-old Patricia Schmitz. Schmitz is seeking compensation from both Johnson & Johnson’s and Colgate-Palmolive, accusing both of knowing that asbestos was contaminating their talc-based products and hiding that information from the public. 

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St. Croix Mesothelioma Victims Still Seek Justice After Decades of Delay

When you think of mesothelioma victims, you rarely imagine them in a tropical paradise setting, but that is exactly the case for hundreds of former employees of the Hess Oil refinery in St. Croix, as well as their spouses and residents who lived in the refinery’s vicinity. According to a report published in the St. Croix Source,there are more than 600 long-standing asbestos cases waiting to be heard in the St. Croix courts, and the victims may finally be getting closer to having their claims resolved.

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Hoping to Stop Mesothelioma, New Jersey Takes Lead in Asbestos Ban

More than 40 years ago, researchers in New Jersey published one of the first studies linking exposure to asbestos to malignant mesothelioma, and many Americans believe that since that time use of the material has been entirely banned in the United States. Unfortunately, this is not correct: the powerful chemical industry lobby has worked against a ban for decades, with its most recent victory coming last week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a new rule that it claims limits the use of the carcinogenic material, but which health advocates say fall far short of an actual ban. In response, the state of New Jersey has issued its own state-wide ban of asbestos, and one of its representatives to Congress is moving to do the same nationally.

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