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Issue #228, October 2019

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Recalls Single Lot of Baby Powder After Tests Reveal Presence of Asbestos

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. announced in a press release that it has voluntarily recalled a single lot of Baby Powder after tests indicated the presence of “sub-trace” levels of chrysotile asbestos.

Report: More than 5,000 Baltimore City Asbestos Cases Have Been Disposed of Since 2016

More than 5,000 asbestos cases have been disposed of since 2016, with the majority of those dispositions occurring within the last two years, according to a new report released from the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts.

Genuine Parts Moves for Summary Judgment, Says No Asbestos Fibers in Decedent’s Tissue Attributable to Its Products

Genuine Parts Co. has moved for summary judgment in an asbestos case, arguing that the plaintiffs had failed to offer evidence “capable of supporting a reasonable inference that respirable dust from the defendant’s product was present while the plaintiff was in close proximity.”

Wash. Court Awards Summary Judgment to Air & Liquid Systems in Asbestos Case

Air & Liquid Systems Corp. has been awarded summary judgment in a federal asbestos case, after the court determined that none of the Lockwood factors weigh in favor of a finding that causation had been established.

Asbestos Cosmetic Talcum Powder Trial Against J&J, Imerys Talc Set to Begin This Month

An asbestos cosmetic talcum powder trial against Johnson & Johnson defendants and Imerys Talc America Inc. is scheduled to begin this month in California, according to recent court documents.

HarrisMartin: California Jurors Reach Defense Verdict in Retrial of Cosmetic Talcum Powder Asbestos Case

Jurors in California have reached a defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson at the conclusion of a retrial in a cosmetic talcum powder asbestos case, HarrisMartin Publishing is reporting.

Calif. Court Rejects Kelly-Moore’s Efforts to Move Asbestos Case to Oregon

A California state court has rejected Kelly-Moore’s efforts to move an asbestos complaint to Oregon, accepting the plaintiffs’ position that it could not be accused of forum shopping when it filed a complaint in a state in which the defendant was incorporated and has its principal place of business.

Georgia’s First Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial Ends in Hung Jury

Georgia’s first talcum powder ovarian cancer trial has ended in a mistrial, HarrisMartin Publishing is reporting.

N.Y. Court Denies Summary Judgment to 3 Defendants in Asbestos Case

A New York trial court has denied motions for summary judgment filed by three defendants, concluding that there was enough evidence, at this point, to create a question of fact as to the presence of asbestos-containing products manufactured and sold by the defendants.

N.Y. Court Awards Summary Judgment to Asbestos Defendant in Cosmetic Talc Suit

A New York court has awarded summary judgment to a defendant named in a cosmetic talcum powder asbestos lawsuit, finding in part that the company did not assume the liabilities of the manufacturer when a transaction involving assets occurred.

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