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Issue #222, April 2019

N.Y. Court Rejects Aurora Pumps’ Jurisdiction Challenges in Asbestos Lung Cancer Case

A New York court has rejected jurisdiction challenges asserted by Aurora Pump Co. in an asbestos lung cancer case, concluding in part that the acts of the defendant occurred in the state and are alleged to have resulted in the injury and death of the plaintiff.

Parties in Asbestos Cosmetic Talcum Powder Trial Reach Settlement Agreement Mid-Trial

Johnson & Johnson and plaintiffs involved in an asbestos-related talcum powder lawsuit have reached a settlement agreement after three days of trial. The California Superior Court for Los Angeles County jury heard opening statements on Monday and two ensuing days of testimony before being excused on Wednesday, March 27.

N.J. Jury Reaches Defense Verdict for J&J in Latest Asbestos Cosmetic Talcum Powder Trial

A New Jersey jury has reached a defense verdict in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder trial against Johnson & Johnson, needing less than one hour to reject the plaintiff’s claims that he developed mesothelioma as a result of using Baby Powder.

Johnson & Johnson Attacks Claims Pending in Florida Asbestos Cosmetic Talcum Powder Lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson defendants have challenged asbestos cosmetic talcum powder complaints pending in Florida state court on pleading grounds, maintaining that the plaintiffs have failed to provide information required by the state’s Asbestos and Silica Compensation Act.

Asbestos Cosmetic Talcum Powder Trial Underway in Los Angeles Court

Another asbestos-related talcum powder lawsuit is underway in California state court, where the parties picked jury members last week and were expected to deliver opening statements on March 25.

Issue #221, March 2019

High Court Rejects Manufacturers’ Bare-Metal Defense in Maritime Asbestos Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that, under maritime law, manufacturers have a duty to warn of the potential dangers of their products if asbestos-containing materials were later added to the products by third parties.

Calif. Jury Awards $25 Million to Former National Iranian Oil Worker for Overseas Exposure

A California jury has awarded a former National Iranian Oil Co. worker $25 million, accepting claims that his testicular mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos in products he used while working overseas.

Plaintiffs File Class Action Against Claire’s Stores for Allegedly Asbestos-Tainted Make-Up Products

A class action complaint has been filed in New York federal court against Claire’s Stores Inc., saying the company had a duty to assure that their make-up products did not contain asbestos and to warn consumers that they did, in fact, contain asbestos.

Calif. Jury Awards $29.5 Million at Conclusion of Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Trial Against J&J

California jurors have awarded $29,491,000 at the conclusion of an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson, accepting the plaintiff’s claims that the company’s talc products caused her to develop mesothelioma, HarrisMartin Publishing is reporting.

Defendants Awarded Summary Judgment in N.C. Federal Asbestos Exposure Case

A North Carolina federal judge has awarded summary judgment to Farmers Chemical Association Inc. and Schlage Lock Company LLC in an asbestos case, based upon a lack of evidence that the defendants exercised control over the work sites where the alleged exposure took place.

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