As reported by Law360 (subscription), a California federal judge has ruled that Johnson & Johnson must pay nearly $344 million in civil penalties for misleading consumers about the true health risks associated with its pelvic mesh products. The trailblazing suit was brought by California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, who in a statement touting the judge’s decision said that “J&J knew of the dangers of its mesh products but had prioritized its profits over women’s health.” [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein attorneys Kelly M. Dermody, Tiseme G. Zegeye, and Madeline M. Gomez represent Amici, reproductive and racial justice scholars, in support of Petitioners June Medical Services, et al., requesting that the Supreme Court reverse the Fifth Circuit’s recent decision to require that doctors who perform abortions in Louisiana have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of where the abortion is performed. June Medical Services L.L.C., et al. v. Gee (Nos. 18-1323, 18-1460) challenges a 2014 Louisiana abortion restriction (“Act 620”) mandating the within-thirty-miles admitting privileges for doctors performing abortions in the state. If Act 620 were to go into effect, only one clinic would remain to provide services for the approximately 10,000 women per year seeking abortions in Louisiana. [Read more…]
In a series of recent legal victories, women have won significant recoveries against talc manufacturers for mesothelioma they alleged was caused by long-term usage of talcum bath products, including those manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. As mesothelioma has long been linked to asbestos exposure, these results substantiate accusations against J&J that it misled consumers for decades by stating its talc products were asbestos-free. [Read more…]
Below you will find comprehensive information on the settlement of the sexual abuse and gender violence filed on behalf of thousands of University of Southern California students against Dr. George Tyndall and USC.
Additional information is available on the official Settlement website. Anyone who thinks they may be a member of the class should visit the official website to read Court-approved information.
MYTH: The class action settlement prevents survivors from filing individual lawsuits.
FACT: Women can choose to opt-out of the class action settlement and pursue their civil claims in court if they believe that is what is best for them. The settlement does not prevent any woman from pursuing her claim in court – instead, it simply provides an additional choice for survivors in how they wish to pursue their claims, if at all. Without the settlement, a survivor’s only choice is litigation. With the settlement, a survivor can still choose litigation if she wishes, or she can choose to participate in the settlement. The settlement increases choices for survivors; it doesn’t prevent anyone from doing anything.
On Wednesday June 5, 2019, Prelude Fertility Inc., the parent company of San Francisco-based Pacific Fertility Center, asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley to dismiss the proposed class action lawsuit accusing Pacific Fertility of negligently allowing patients’ stored eggs and embryos to be destroyed in a cryogenic tank failure. The defendants seek dismissal of the suit on procedural grounds, that the patients improperly lumped claims together in the suit against it and a related but separate entity, Pacific MSO LLC. [Read more…]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered Boston Scientific and Coloplast medical device companies to stop selling trans vaginal mesh, also known as pelvic mesh or bladder sling, products used for the transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. [Read more…]
As reported by Law360 (subscription), U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the Northern District has ruled that claims against Pacific Fertility Clinic’s parent company, Prelude Fertility Inc., over eggs and embryos destroyed after a cryogenic tank failure cannot be resolved in arbitration. Those claims will instead get a full hearing in an open and public court of law. [Read more…]
The American Association for Justice commends the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy for its exemplary work on behalf of the public in “shining light on the danger of carcinogenic cosmetics.” A panel of victims, family members, and experts attended a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on March 12, 2019 in response to a House request for testimony on the risks of using products containing talc, such as baby powder and makeup. “Subcommittee members and witnesses discussed the science linking talc to cancer, and the need for corporations like Johnson & Johnson to finally take steps to protect and educate American consumers who use their products that contain carcinogens,” notes the AAJ in a released statement. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
$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…]
As outrage and media attention continue to escalate in the wake of the USC Dr. George Tyndall sex abuse scandal, the Huffington Post has published a helpful article on “What’s Not Normal (And What Is) When You Go To The Gynecologist.” Lieff Cabraser and other law firms have filed numerous lawsuits on behalf of women who allege they were sexually abused, harassed, and/or molested by gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D., while they were students attending the University of Southern California (“USC”). [Read more…]
Recent equipment failures in California and Ohio destroyed thousands of eggs, embryos
As reported by the Washington Post, Ohio state senator Joe Schiavoni is pressing for legislation intended to improve standards and operational security at fertility clinics that store human eggs and embryos for future use. Coming in the wake of failures at clinics in California and Ohio that led to the destruction of thousands of preserved eggs and embryos, the measure includes express penalties for clinics found to violate the new safeguards. Preliminary data from an investigation into March 2018 Cleveland clinic failures indicates the large-scale egg and embryo loss was largely preventable; health authorities in Ohio noted that the facility had previously reported recordkeeping deficiencies as well as insufficient communication mechanisms for potential preservation tank problems. [Read more…]
On a beautiful spring morning in 2004, on an outdoor stage in view of Tommy Trojan, I accepted my diploma from the University of Southern California’s law school. I was so proud to be a USC graduate that day, and for many days and years after that, as I used my law degree to fight for those who had been harmed by others. [Read more…]
June 6th, 2018–BUSINESSWIRE–Lieff Cabraser and Sauder Schelkopf LLC have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of individuals who were sexually abused, harassed, and molested by gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D. while they were students at University of Southern California (“USC”). [Read more…]