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monsanto safety documents to be discolsedMonsanto is catching a lot of heat now that a court has unsealed documents that cast the company in a negative light and suggest that it was responsible for providing false assertions to the government and public regarding the safety of Roundup. As the most popular herbicide in the world, Roundup and similar products produced by Monsanto are used across the globe for the elimination of pests from lawns, crops, gardens and nurseries. It has provided research that opposes the belief Roundup’s main active ingredient can cause cancer, but the documents unsealed by the court show that these accounts were misleading and, in some cases, false.

Ghostwritten Research

The research that was presented to defend the safety of its products was in fact, ghostwritten and attributed to academics. It also claimed that a senior EPA official attempted to dismiss a report from the United States Department of Health and Human Services that the product could in fact be linked to the deaths of numerous people who suffered from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The evidence tells a story of arguments within the Environmental Protection Agency and conflicting beliefs over whether Roundup and similar products were safe to use.

Xarelto Bleeding Lawsuits Against Johnson & JohnsonJohnson & Johnson is currently facing a flurry of lawsuits on multiple drugs, devices and over the counter products, but the mounting Xarelto litigation could prove to top its current legal battles, with the first bellwether trial to be heard in March of this year. The Xarelto uncontrolled bleeding attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are watching this case very closely because it could set precedent in many of the cases to follow. If you have been injured by this medication, it is important to know your rights and whether you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering and more.

Over 15,000 Lawsuits Filed to Date

After it was found that Xarelto was marketed under the false pretense that it was a safer and more effective alternative to Warfarin, thousands of victims began to file lawsuits on the grounds that Johnson & Johnson withheld critical information regarding risks to the public and did not take needed steps to provide an antidote in the event that the medication caused serious internal bleeding. Instead, patients were assured that they did not need any regular blood monitoring based on the lie that the drug was less likely to cause bleeding.

Talcum Powder Lawsuit in New JerseySince evidence surfaced linking the use of talcum powder products to the development of ovarian cancer, hundreds of women have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers of talc based products. In December of 2015, over 100 of these cases were consolidated into a Multi-County Litigation on the request of J & J and its codefendants. The talcum powder attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are monitoring the progress of this action and how it is likely to impact cases in the future so that we can provide you with sound advice regarding your own claim.

Johnson & Johnson Requested MDL for Convenience and Consistency

The bellwether cases in New Jersey has gone far more fortuitously for Johnson & Johnson than those in St. Louis, so the pharmaceutical giant wants to have all statements of fact consolidated to ensure the potential for numerous rulings in its favor. In an MDL, witnesses, studies and statement of facts are considered before a judge to determine which evidence and testimony will be permitted once the cases return to the courts where they originated. This process saves time and resources and allowed for swifter conclusion of cases with similar cases and circumstances.

Large Award in Talcum Powder LawsuitA jury awarded a Californian woman more than $70 million dollars in Johnson & Johnson’s third straight legal loss over claims that its talcum powder is linked to ovarian cancer. There are currently over 1,700 lawsuits being brought against the pharmaceutical giant and the last three verdicts present a foreboding picture to come for Johnson & Johnson. The talcum powder /ovarian cancer attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have been watching developments closely as the current cases being brought against J & J are certain to influence the manner in which future claims will proceed.

Verdict Follows Two Similar Rulings by St. Louis Court

The claims levied against Johnson & Johnson include that the company ignored compelling evidence that talcum powder could cause cancer over an extended period of use and then refused to warn consumers regarding the link. In fact, many of the talcum products used marketing specifically to encourage use on the genitals, where it could cause bodily harm over time.

Talcum Powder and the VerdictsIt seems the media has been abuzz with word that women who have used talcum powder and later developed cancer are owed compensation. Recently, talcum powder has been linked to cancer and lawsuits abound. A talcum powder injury lawyer dealing with a fifty-five million dollar case says that at least one thousand lawsuits are to come for Johnson & Johnson, a huge producer of talcum powder.

Does Talcum Powder Really Cause Cancer?

Talcum powder is mainly made up of talc, a mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It absorbs moisture and cuts down on friction, making it a useful ingredient for products such as baby powder. Some talc contains asbestos in its natural form. Asbestos is known to cause cancer when inhaled. However, all talcum powder in the United States has been talc-free for more than forty years.

The Risks of Baby PowderThe global leader of consumer personal hygiene products Johnson & Johnson has just suffered one more very costly lawsuit in federal court. In May 2016, for the second time in less than three months, a St. Louis jury awarded a South Dakota woman $55 million after agreeing with the plaintiff that Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other talcum-based personal hygiene products directly caused her ovarian cancer. While the connection between cancer and talcum powder might be an unexpected surprise to many consumers, it could be that manufacturers have known of the product’s hidden risks for decades.

A quick dusting of talcum powder is a common use for many of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum base products including Shower to Shower, Baby Powder and others. Many consumers use the products to reduce diaper irritation and rashes in infants and as a quick moisture absorbing solution around adult genital areas. However, these uses might be dangerous.

Recent findings reported by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the American Cancer Society are noting a connection between inhaling significant amounts of the talc powder to chronic and acute lung irritation, naming the condition “talcosis.” Many wise consumers have begun using cornstarch powder as a reliable, safe alternative to avoid direct contact with potentially harmful elements that make up the natural occurring talc mineral including magnesium, silicon and oxygen.

Risks of Baby PowderNo parent would ever consider using a product on the skin of their newborn or infant if the ingredients were considered to be dangerous or hazardous to their health. That is why many of us believe baby powder and other talcum-based products have to be safe to use. After all, these products have been a part of our hygiene maintenance routine forever. If there had ever been problems with talc-based products, we surely would have heard about the problem by now, right?

Sadly, the dangers of baby powder have been known by product manufacturers for decades. However, it likely took the two 2016 verdicts from St. Louis, Missouri jurors awarding plaintiffs more than $127 million because there is a connection between talcum products and ovarian cancer to make consumers aware of the serious problem.

The massive plaintiff financial awards of two successful lawsuits have only recently magnified the life-threatening problem that has been causing serious health issues in women for decades. After much research, there appears to be a connection with women routinely using talcum powder in their genital areas and the development of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Lost by Johnson & JohnsonIn May 2016, a St. Louis Missouri jury ordered consumer product, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J & J) to pay $55 million over a claim that talcum powder sold under the company name caused ovarian cancer. Jurors deliberated more than eight hours before agreeing with a South Dakota female plaintiff that her ovarian cancer was caused by years of using talcum powder that was sold under the J & J brand and others. The New Jersey-based consumer product giant announced it will appeal the ruling.

This is the second time in less than three months that Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay plaintiffs a huge award by a St. Louis jury to cover claims that its product causes cancer. In February 2016, jurors awarded more than $72 million to a 62-year-old Alabama woman’s surviving family members, who has since passed away in October 2015 from ovarian cancer. Both cases involved evidence that using Johnson & Johnson talcum products including baby powder caused cancer.

The Latest Ruling

Warnings on Birth Control DeviceWomen looking for a simple alternative to traditional methods of sterilization have turned to the Essure Permanent Birth Control System, which is marketed and sold by Bayer. The contraceptive device was originally developed by Conceptus Inc. and approved in 2002. Bayer purchased Conceptus and the rights to the Essure System in 2013 and is now under fire for numerous complications that women using the system have suffered. These complications are so severe that the FDA has implemented a black box warning for the devices— which requires patients to sign a waiver stating that they have been notified of the risks associated with the devices prior to use.

How the Essure System Works

The Essure Permanent Birth Control System is a non-hormonal birth control method that prevents pregnancy through sterilization. Two flexible coils are inserted into the fallopian and over time, scar tissue develops around the coils and causes permanent infertility by creating a barrier that prevents eggs from reaching the uterus. The simple outpatient procedure has made the system an attractive alternative to tubal litigation and the devices can be inserted without any need for anesthesia.

Concerns arise about Invokana and OsteoporosisAt the time of FDA approval for Invokana (canagliflozin) in 2013, the benefits versus risks of the prescription medication to treat diabetes had already become highly questionable. Within the first two years of availability in the United States, serious concerns over the drug turned to reality when clinical studies showed users were experiencing reduced bone density in their hips and lower spine.

Invokana is a glifozin class drug that is prescribed by family doctors to treat Type II diabetes. Developed and manufactured by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, the prescription medication is marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The oral diabetes prescription medication has shown to be highly effective in controlling blood sugar levels by assisting the kidneys in ridding the body of glucose in the bloodstream. The drug marketers claim that with exercise and diet, Invokana can be highly effective at treating and controlling diabetes.

Even before the prescription medication had become available in the United States, the pharmaceutical manufacturer and marketers had already become aware that the drug posed serious problems, even during short-term use. Before its approval in the U.S., many patients in other countries that already suffered serious kidney damage or become victims of heart attacks and ketoacidosis. In some cases, patients were suffering bone fractures in less than 90 days after first taking the drug. The risk of fractures and bone loss seem to be most prominent in women of post-menopausal age.

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