New York State Senate Passes Child Victims Act

Rockefeller Hospital Sex Abuse Cases Much More Actionable After the Passing of the NY Child Victims Act

After years of being blocked by a Republican-controlled legislature, the Child Victims Act, sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman’s and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, has finally been passed by the New York State Senate. As reported by The New York Times, for the past 13 years, activists and Democratic officials in the state of New York have fought to strengthen protections for childhood abuse victims, only to face significant resistance from powerful interests groups including insurance companies, private schools, and leaders from the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish communities. [Read more…]

State Judge in Mississippi Denies Johnson & Johnson Attempt to Throw Out Talc Class Action Lawsuit

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As reported by Law360 a Mississippi state judge has denied an attempt by Johnson & Johnson J&J to throw out a first-of-its-kind class action injury lawsuit filed by the state’s attorney general. The suit alleges the pharmaceutical giant is putting tens of thousands of women at risk by failing to disclose that the use of its talcum powder products can lead to ovarian cancer. [Read more…]

New Reuters Report Reveals Johnson & Johnson Knew for Decades About Dangerous Asbestos in Talc

New Reuters Report on Dangerous Effects of Talc

A recent in-depth investigation published by Reuters reveals Johnson and Johnson knew for decades that its talc products like baby powder include asbestos fibers, and that exposure to those fibers can lead to ovarian cancer. The revelation caused J&J shares to drop 10% resulting in a $45 billion reduction in value for the company. This newest drop follows a July 2018 jury ruling that ordered J&J to pay $4.69 billion to women who claimed asbestos in J&J body products caused them to develop cancer. [Read more…]

Sexual Assault Subpoenas Issued to All New York Catholic Dioceses by NY Attorney General

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As reported by U.S. News, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Washington Post, and numerous other outlets, a major investigation has been launched in New York looking into allegations of widespread sex crimes committed by Catholic Church priests that were subsequently covered up by church leadership. Sources indicate that the NY AG’s office issued civil subpoenas to all eight Catholic dioceses in New York state, following close on the heels of “shocking” grand jury reports in Pennsylvania of predator priests in more than 1,000 incidents involving approximately 300 priests across that state. As NBC posted, “New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state as part of her office’s investigation into the church’s handling of sex abuse allegations.” [Read more…]

Federal Judge Finalizes $245 Million Award to Plaintiffs in Johnson & Johnson Hip Implant Injury Bellwether Case

Federal Judge Finalizes $245m Award to Plaintiffs in Johnson & Johnson Hip Implant Injury Bellwether Case

District Judge Ed Kinkeade in Texas has finalized the $245 million judgments for New York plaintiffs reached by the jury in November 2017 in a bellwether case against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) over its allegedly defective DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants that failed, injuring patients across the U.S. (A bellwether trial is a case that the court and the parties select to test their arguments, with the goal of moving the overall larger litigation towards resolution.) The verdict, now final, is intended to compensate plaintiffs for past and future medical expenses, as well as for pain and suffering from hip implant failures. [Read more…]

USC President Steps Down In Wake of Tyndall Sex Abuse Scandal

USC President Steps Down In Wake of Tyndall Sex Abuse Scandal

University of Southern California President C.L. Max Nikias stepped down on Tuesday in the wake of the school’s sex abuse scandal over the decades-long conduct of campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall. USC’s Trustees appointed alumna and former Aerospace Corp. president Wanda Austin as interim president until a permanent replacement can be found. [Read more…]

Long Overdue Changes Emerging on Sexual Harassment as USC Gynecologist Scandal Widens

Long Overdue Changes Emerging on Sexual Harassment as USC Gynecologist Scandal Widens

Op-ed piece by Lieff Cabraser associate Laura Heiman & summer associate Rachel Green

The #MeToo and Times Up movements have changed the national and global conversation about sexual harassment and assault, heralding the rise of an important and long-needed cultural shift. The #MeToo movement‘s encouragement of survivors to come forward to share their stories in solidarity has sparked a marked increase in the public reporting of sexual misconduct. [Read more…]

First Trial to Raise Asbestos Link in Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial Wins $4.7 Billion Verdict

First Trial to Raise Asbestos Link in Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial Wins $4.7 Billion Verdict

The first case to formally allege a link between asbestos and Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder causing ovarian cancer recently won a verdict of $4.69 billion at trial. The award included individual payments for each of the 22 plaintiffs, with a staggering $4.14 billion in punitive damages against J&J. As noted by Law360, “experts say [this] novel approach could represent a new stage for the myriad suits alleging talcum powder causes cancer.” [Read more…]

Ford Motor Co. to Settle its Takata Airbag Case for $300 Million

Ford Motor Co. to Settle its Takata Airbag Case for $300 Million

Automaker Ford Motor Co. has agreed to a $299.1 million settlement in the multidistrict Takata airbag defects litigation. Nearly 70 million airbags from more than nearly 20 different auto manufacturers worldwide have been recalled due to dangerous flaws in vehicle airbags manufactured by Japan-based Takata Corporation. [Read more…]

Staggering $4.7 Billion Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson in Talc Cancer Trial

Talcum powder linked to ovarian cancer

$4.1 billion in punitive damages against the company for covering up testing data and scientific studies it knew showed the cosmetic-grade talc contained asbestos

A Missouri federal court has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay an extraordinary $4.7 billion to a group of injured women who alleged that talc products sold by J&J led them to develop ovarian cancer. The women had claimed the company’s talcum powder products contained asbestos and gave cancer to 22 women, six of whom have already died. [Read more…]