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November 2019 Archives

Did Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary market opioids deceptively?

In September, a judge in Oklahoma ruled that Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, caused a public nuisance with its two opioid medications, Duragesic and Nucynta. He also ruled that the company had marketed these drugs deceptively. The Judge ordered J&J and Janssen to pay $572 million in damages to the State.

J&J challenges its own Baby Powder recall

In mid-October, Johnson & Johnson announced a voluntary recall of some 33,000 bottles of its Baby Powder after the FDA discovered trace amounts of asbestos in a bottle bought online. That was the first time J&J had recalled the product, despite thousands of legal claims that the company's talc-based products have been tainted with asbestos and caused mesothelioma or ovarian cancers.

New York Times: DUI breath tests often inaccurate, exaggerated

In 2010, when a new person was brought in to run Washington, D.C.'s breath testing program, his first priority was to test the city's Intoxilyzer machines for accuracy. He was astounded to discover that every machine was exaggerating the test results, entering numbers that were 20 to 40 percent higher than the actual result. This discovery likely implied that innocent drivers had been falsely accused of drunk driving for years.

Tennessee Innocence Project to help the wrongfully convicted

States with similar incarceration rates to that of Tennessee have far more exonerations listed in the National Registry of Exonerations. For example, there have been 61 exonerations of North Carolina defendants, 57 of people convicted in Louisiana, and 96 exonerations from Michigan.

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