A California jury has awarded a man $80 million after finding that Roundup weed killer, made by the agrochemical company Monsanto, caused his cancer. The award included $75 million in punitive damages, which were meant to punish Monsanto for acting with "malice or oppression" when it decided not to warn consumers of Roundup's cancer risks.
Certain equipment used on Navy vessels and in naval shipyards uses asbestos. However, many are manufactured as "bare metal," without the asbestos components installed. The asbestos components are added later by the user or a third party, but the equipment manufacturer knows that it will happen. Indeed, the asbestos components are necessary to make the equipment work.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is cracking down on people who drive under the influence of illicit or prescription drugs. And, unlike alcohol-related DUI, drugged driving most often takes place during the daytime.
Farmers, gardeners, and homeowners who want to rid their crops or greenery of weeds or pests will often turn to Roundup and other herbicides. However, its use could lead to serious health conditions.
Recently, Johnson & Johnson admitted in its annual report that it has received subpoenas from the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The subpoenas apparently related to the litigation alleging that J&J's signature line of baby powder contained asbestos and caused cancer among regular users.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drunk driving accounts for almost a third of U.S. traffic fatalities each year.
The state of California is considering two, tough new DUI bills. One would lower the per se blood alcohol content (BAC) for a DUI to 0.05 percent, following the lead of Utah and the recommendation of the National Transportation Safety Board. The other bill would make a fifth DUI within 10 years a felony offense.
For teenagers, summer is synonymous with freedom. Whether it's newfound financial independence with a seasonal job, transportation freedom with a license or just the opportunity to spend time with friends any time of day, summer is a big deal. This increase in social activity can also bring temptation to engage in illegal behavior such as underage drinking.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, its regulatory framework of 80 years needs to be updated to test the safety of cosmetics. Currently, cosmetics manufacturers are not required to test their products for safety before selling them on the American market. The FDA has proposed working with Congress to remedy that.
In Greek mythology, many loved the hunter Narcissus for his beauty, but he showed them contempt and disdain. It seems many fellow narcissists exhibit similar behavior on the road. (A narcissist is someone who has an inflated sense of self-importance or who has an excessive interest in or admiration of themselves).
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is being sued nationwide for exposing users of its talc-based products, including J&J Baby Powder, to asbestos despite knowing the risk. They are accused of hiding evidence that the talc used in their products was contaminated with asbestos. Plaintiffs claim they used the products-often on themselves and their children-for daily routine hygiene, only to later develop mesothelioma or ovarian cancer.
There's an easy way to comply with Canada's new impaired driving law for marijuana: Don't use marijuana at all. Considering that marijuana is now legal for recreational purposes in Canada, however, you ideally wouldn't have to avoid marijuana completely in order to be legal to drive.