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Monthly archive for April 2016

Jury Awards $72 million for Death of Woman Caused by Johnson & Johnson Talcum Products

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On February 23, 2016 , a Missouri jury returned a verdict of $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer. The jury found that her death was caused by her use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products for feminine hygiene. About 1200 similar cases are waiting to be heard primarily in Missouri and New Jersey. Talc is a naturally-occurring mineral that is widely used in cosmetics and personal care products. Johnson & Johnson has long promoted its talcum powders to adults and children for use over the whole body including in the genital area, for all-day freshness. A catchy commercial jingle reached millions of female consumers, touting “a sprinkle a day helps keep odor away.” The link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer dates back as early as 1971, when a study of ovarian cancer patients revealed talc […]

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Veterinary Assistant Sues Q Street Animal Hospital for Disability Discrimination

Q Street Animal Hospital fired Brandi Lynnes (pronounced Lin-EZ) because she has bipolar disorder. On April 13, 2016, Lynnes filed a lawsuit in Lane County Circuit Court, alleging that Q Street Animal Hospital discriminated against her based on her disability, in violation of Oregon state law. Johnson Johnson & Schaller attorneys Meredith Holley and Jennifer Middleton represent Lynnes. The Complaint is available here.. Although Q Street Animal Hospital told Brandi Lynnes that it believed her job performance was “wonderful,” when it learned that she was experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder and needed to take time off to recover, it suspended her from work. Q Street then put Brandi Lynnes on forced “medical leave” and sent a letter, without authorization or permission, to her personal psychiatrist, saying that she would need a “written clearance” before she would be allowed to return to work. Although no doctor […]

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Estate of man who dies in jail files suit against Lincoln County

Two weeks after he was booked on misdemeanor charges, Bradley Thomas died naked and alone in his jail cell in Lincoln County. When their mentally ill prisoner’s condition deteriorated, Sheriff’s deputies punished him instead of getting him the medical care he needed. His illness was so severe that he placed food in the toilet, and was seen naked in his cell, scooping feces from the toilet and wiping it on the bowl and sink, and at times licking areas in the cell smeared with the feces. Six days after he began to refuse food, deputies found him dead in his cell, lying naked on the floor. Attorneys Thomas Melville and Jennifer Middleton, of Johnson Johnson and Schaller, filed a wrongful death and civil rights law suit against Lincoln County in the U.S. District Court in Eugene on April 1, 2016. For news media coverage […]

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