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Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $110m in Talc Cancer Case

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Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $110m in Talc Cancer CaseNEW YORK – A U.S. court has ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay over $110 million to a woman who developed ovarian cancer while using the company’s talc products.

Lois Slemp, 62, claimed she used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based powders for over 40 years before she was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Slemp is currently receiving chemotherapy after the cancer returned and spread to other organs.

According to court documents, the pharmaceutical company failed to warn customers about the risks associated with using talc-based powders, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder.

Last year, three separate jury verdicts determined that J&J was negligent in providing adequate warnings about the risks of talc powders. Despite these verdicts, the company continues to defend its Baby Powder, claiming it is safe.


Several medical and lab studies have determined that talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer if the powder, which is generally applied to the genital area, reaches the ovaries. Findings have been mixed, but some research has found an increased risk in women who regularly use talc-based products.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified talc as “possibly carcinogenic” due to the mixed research conclusions.

In its natural form, talc contains microscopic fibers known as asbestos, which is cancerous. However, most talc-based products are asbestos-free.


Women who have been using talcum powder products in their hygiene routines may be able to link the use of talc-based products like Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder to ovarian cancer. Many talcum powder lawsuits have resulted in significant jury verdicts for compensatory damages and punitive damages.

In some cases, talcum powder attorneys have obtained millions of dollars for their clients following a successful talcum powder lawsuit.

The talcum powder lawyers at Cellino & Barnes are former doctors and highly-trained professionals who understand how pharmaceutical products can affect an individual. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, contact an experienced talcum powder lawyer for a FREE case evaluation.

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‘Worst Toys’ of 2016 Named

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‘Worst Toys’ of 2016 NamedNEW YORK – Many of us have heard that echoing phrase from ‘A Christmas Story’ and in some cases, even questioned the safety of some toys, and rightfully so.

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

Aside from bee-bee guns, there are many other toys potential gift-givers should be concerned about this year – and just in time for the holidays, the safety advocacy group WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm) has released its annual “Worst Toy List.”

“Due to poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices, there are toys available for purchase today with the potential to lead to serious injury and even death,” WATCH stated in a press release.

A defective product attorney at Cellino & Barnes says these toys are not always the most dangerous items you can find in a store but they may have safety concerns that can sometimes overlooked.

“Some of the most dangerous toys can often seem innocent to shoppers and in many cases, toys are marketed as ‘safe’ when, in fact, they can cause serious harm,” defective product lawyer Steve Barnes said. “The holidays account for roughly 65-percent of annual toy sales, so many companies rush to market their toys and put them on store shelves but that lack of care can often put dangerous or defective toys in your shopping cart.”

According to some studies, more than 3 million children have been treated in emergency rooms for a toy-related injury. More than half of the children hurt were under the age of six.

A defective product lawyer says some of the most common types of toy injuries include:

  • Choking
  • Suffocation
  • Eye Injuries
  • And Cuts

Here are the toys WATCH named as being the “Worst Toys” of 2016:

  • Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddles Family – Some packages recommend 3+ while others say 2+ for the same toy. WATCH states there are no warnings about choking hazards.
  • Kids Time Baby Children’s Elephant Pillow – Pillows for children under the age of one are banned by a federal safety act. Despite this, advertising depicts an infant snuggling with the pillow and the product packaging contains no age warnings.
  • Slimeball Slinger – Can cause eye injuries.
  • Banzai Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers – In small print, product recommends wearing protective equipment such as helmets or eye-wear. Despite recommendation, packaging displays children without wearing safety accessories.
  • Nerf Rival Apollo Xv-700 Blaster – Kids depicted wearing safety equipment such as a mask or eye-wear but the accessories are sold separately.
  • The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch – Potential to puncture a child’s face.
  • Peppy Pups – Strangulation concerns over 31-inch cord.
  • Flying Heroes Superman Launcher – Flying Superman has potential to fly into a child’s face or eye.
  • Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby – Toy is recommended for children 2+ and includes a spoon small enough to be a choking hazard, WATCH stated.
  • Warcraft Doomhammer – Packaging does not warn of potential impact injuries associated with the heavy, plastic ‘battle hammer,’ WATCH said.

Toymakers insist that safety is a top priority this holiday season and meet all federal safety requirements.

However, many toys are not subject to independent safety testing, which can raise concerns for many parents.

Last year, ‘hoverboards’ were popular gifts for the holidays, prompting many public places such as malls and airports to ban the item after they were linked to dozens of fires and other safety concerns.

The toys on WATCH’s list have not been banned or recalled at the time this article was published.

If you’ve been injured by a dangerous or defective toy, the experienced attorneys at Cellino & Barnes can help. Children and their families may be entitled to significant compensation if it is determined that a toymaker was negligently responsible for an injury.

Contact a defective product attorney at Cellino & Barnes today for a free consultation.

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Defective Airbags Are Still Getting Installed in Cars

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Defective AirbagsNEW YORK – The largest recall in U.S. history keeps getting bigger. At least four major automakers; Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Mitsubishi continue outfitting new vehicles with defective airbags, according to a new Senate report.

Currently, more than 40 million vehicles are being recalled due to faulty air bag inflators manufactured by Japan’s Takata Corp. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the air bags have been known to explode with such force that it creates deadly shrapnel that can seriously injure or kill drivers and passengers.

It’s safe to say that many American politicians are not happy with the findings in the new report which was issued on June 1st. Federal safety regulators recently expanded the recall to include an additional 35-40 million vehicles, adding to the already record recall of 28.8 million inflators.

A Long Island car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says the recall is becoming a crisis because there are not enough parts to fix the extraordinary number of vehicles being called back.

“This company held 20 percent of the world market at one time so there could be millions of vehicles with dangerous air bags in Long Island,” car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Even if repair shops had the parts to fix all of these vehicles, many drivers could be waiting years just to get an appointment with a mechanic.”

The issue boils down to an explosive chemical called ammonium-nitrate, which rapidly inflates the air bag but in hot, humid conditions the chemical can degrade. Many manufacturers have addressed the issue by including a drying agent, which absorbs moisture within the inflator, but not all cars are being sold with the safer chemical mixture.

The Senate report found that some automakers continue to sell ammonium-nitrate inflators without a drying agent. According to federal officials, this is legal but the new vehicles must still be repaired by 2018.

In total, the largest auto recall could expand to impact over 70 million vehicles.

“Consumers are now buying new vehicles without realizing that they’re going to be recalled in a couple years,” Sheehan said.

A ranking Senator on the Senate Commerce Committee said the new findings are troubling for anyone who owns or plans on buying a new vehicle.

“It is absolutely ridiculous that the American consumer buys a new car, only to find out in two years that it’s going to be recalled,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said at a news conference in his Tampa district office on Wednesday. “These cars shouldn’t be sold until they’re fixed.”

Takata inflators are suspected to be a factor in 13 deaths and more than 100 injuries around the globe.

Currently, automakers are not required to disclose whether new vehicles have potentially defective air bag inflators and some manufacturers may not disclose the recall until 2019.

The NHTSA says most vehicles are safe to drive and the inflators do not become dangerous until long-term exposure to hot, humid environments. Safety regulators say newer vehicles, at least in the short-term, are much safer than older models.

However, injuries are still occurring at astounding rates. If you’ve been injured due to any defective car part, the Long Island car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have helped clients obtain more than $1.5 billion in settlements and verdicts. Contact an experienced lawyer today for a free case evaluation.

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At Least 80 Deaths Due to Delayed Auto Recall

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At Least 80 DeathsNEW YORK – A major U.S. carmaker is paying at least $1 million to victims of faulty ignition switches in several popular car models. General Motors Co. set up the $400 million compensation fund after dozens of people died because drivers would inadvertently shut off the engine and disable power steering and air bags.

Last year, the automaker recalled several models of Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other vehicles with ignition switch issues and paid a then record-setting $35 million fine to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The administration claims GM knew about the faulty ignition switches but delayed issuing a recall for years.

“So far, over 4,000 claims have been submitted against the automaker,” auto recall attorney Ross Cellino said. “Hundreds of those are death claims.”

The compensation fund noted 80 death claims have been approved. Every claim was linked to the company’s delayed recall of 2.6 million cars.

“It’s important for all automakers to take responsibility for their mistakes and own up to it as quickly as possible,” Cellino said. “Many of those lives could have been saved; these are people who didn’t have to get hurt.”

For those who believe they’ve been hurt in a recalled vehicle, auto recall lawyers suggest going over your case with an attorney before filing a claim with the car company. According to the compensation fund, if a person or a victim’s family accepts an award, they cannot file a lawsuit against the automaker.

The Detroit News reports fund administrators have, so far, made 126 offers to victims found eligible.

Meso Vaccine Gets Approval

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Meso Vaccine Gets ApprovalNEW YORK – Mesothelioma patients may soon have another treatment option on the table. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted orphan drug approval to a new vaccine that attacks cancer.

The vaccine, manufactured by Aduro Biotech, is called CRS-207. According to the manufacturer, CRS-207 is made from a version of Listeria bacteria that triggers the body to attack cells producing mesothelin, an antigen produced by many types of cancer, including mesothelioma.

“Every option a patient has right now can be extremely expensive,” Mesothelioma lawyer Ross Cellino said. “If this orphan drug trial is successful, it gives thousands of Americans another treatment option aside from surgery.”

Mesothelioma is a cancer found in a thin membrane surrounding the body’s internal organs. The cancer is most commonly caused by asbestos exposure.

In the mid-20th century, millions of Americans were exposed to asbestos fibers found in commercial and industrial products. Companies that used this insulation material often face large lawsuits for exposing workers and consumers to the product known to cause cancer.

For thousands of Americans now living with Mesothelioma, treatments have been limited to radiation, surgery, chemotherapy, or a combination. If CRS-207’s trial is successful, Aduro hopes to give patients another option to attack the cancer.

“We continue to be excited by the results from this trial of our novel immunotherapy in combination with chemotherapy in this difficult-to-treat patient population,” said Stephen T. Isaacs, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Aduro in a recent press release. “While the findings warrant further investigation, we believe CRS-207 may prove to be a very attractive therapeutic option in the armamentarium to improve overall response rates and boost the duration of those responses.”

Lawyers began drafting lawsuits for mesothelioma patients in the late 1960’s when the hazards of asbestos exposure began surfacing. Today, millions of asbestos claims have been filed in America and millions more around the globe.

Report: gas tanks still exploding 18 months into recall

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Report: gas tanks still explodingDETROIT – Jeep vehicles continue to be linked to deadly collisions more than 18 months after Chrysler issued a recall.

Many Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee vehicles were recalled when it was found the gas tanks can explode during rear-end collisions. According to Bloomberg, more than 1 million of these models have not been repaired yet and at least six people have died in highway crashes since the June 2013 recall.

The original recall includes 2002-07 Jeep Liberty and 1993-98 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Deputy Director David Friedman said in November that only 3 percent of the 1.56 million affected vehicles were repaired in a six-month period. Bloomberg puts that repair rate as the lowest for any recall of more than 1 million vehicles in the last five years.

Bloomberg estimates a total of 62 people have died from injuries related to Jeep’s exploding gas tanks.

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