Women’s Health Alert: Recent Lawsuits Find Mesothelioma Linked to Use of Talcum Powder

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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…]

Sarah London Addresses Challenges to Pacific Fertility Clinic Egg and Embryo Failures Lawsuit

Sarah London Addresses Challenges to Pacific Fertility Clinic Egg and Embryo Failures Lawsuit

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…]

FDA Orders Medical Device Manufacturers to Stop Selling Transvaginal Mesh Surgical Products

FDA Orders Medical Device Manufacturers to Stop Selling Transvaginal Mesh Surgical Products

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…]

Arbitration Barred for Parent Co. in Pacific Fertility Clinic Destroyed Embryos Litigation

Arbitration Barred for Parent Co. in Pacific Fertility Clinic Destroyed Embryos Litigation

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…]

AAJ Commends House Subcommittee for Highlighting Danger of Carcinogenic Talc in Cosmetics

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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…]

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

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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…]

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…]

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

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$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…]

In Wake of USC Sex Scandal Huffington Post Publishes Primer on What Patients Should Expect and Accept During a Gynecologist Appointment

In Wake of USC Sex Scandal Huffington Post Publishes Primer on What Patients Should Expect and Accept During a Gynecologist Appointment

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…]

New Embryo Preservation Law Aims at Government Oversight of Fertility Centers

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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…]

Outrage Grows as USC Tyndall Doctor Sex Abuse Scandal Widens

Outrage Grows as USC Tyndall Doctor Sex Abuse Scandal Widens

Widespread media attention and public awareness are growing in the wake of the filing of a class action lawsuit on behalf of women who were patients of gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D. as students at the University of Southern California (“USC”). [Read more…]

“Shock, Dismay, and a Resolve to Hold USC and Dr. George Tyndall Accountable for Sexual Misconduct and Cover-Up” – A Post by Lawyer and USC Alum Annika K. Martin

USC and Dr. George Tyndall Sexual Abuse Cases

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…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against George Tyndall, M.D., and the University of Southern California for Sexual Assault, Harassment, and Other Serious Offenses

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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…]

Pacific Fertility Clinic Lost Egg and Embryo Class Actions Consolidated in Federal Court in San Francisco

Pacific Fertility Clinic Lost Egg and Embryo Class Actions

On May 1st, 2018, Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the U.S. District Court for the Ninth Circuit consolidated three proposed class actions that charge Pacific Fertility Clinic in San Francisco with breach of contract and negligence relating to the destruction of stored eggs and embryos in the wake of cryogenic storage tank failures in early March 2018. Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the three separately filed cases will now work together to draft a single consolidated complaint covering all of their injuries and losses. [Read more…]

Sarah London Provides Information for Patients Affected by Pacific Fertility Clinic Egg and Embryo Preservation Failures

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Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah London has created a short video discussing recent cryogenic preservation tank failures at San Francisco’s Pacific Fertility Clinic and at a separate clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and the rights of women and families affected by the tank failures.

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Nearly 350 Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits Against Boston Scientific Settled

Nearly 350 Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits Against Boston Scientific Settled

Nearly 350 lawsuits included in multidistrict litigation against Boston Scientific Corp. over defective pelvic mesh implants have been settled by a West Virginia federal judge. The case involves seven MDLs composed of 28,000 individual cases against Boston Scientific and other makers of mesh implants, such as American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard Inc., and Johnson & Johnson. [Read more…]

New Zealand Becomes First Major Country to Ban Vaginal Mesh Implants

New Zealand Becomes First Major Country to Ban Vaginal Mesh Implants

New Zealand has become the first major country to effectively ban surgical mesh implants for all pelvic operations in response to safety concerns and reported mesh hazards. The order from the country’s Ministry of Health is intended to force mesh suppliers to stop marketing the mesh products or prove that they are safe to use. [Read more…]