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J&J ordered to pay $750 million for talc in baby powder

In a New Jersey case, a jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $750 million in punitive damages, which are meant to punish wrongdoing, to four plaintiffs whose cancer has been linked to the use of J&J's Baby Powder. An earlier jury had found J&J liable for the plaintiffs' cancers and ordered the company to pay $37.2 million in compensation.

NHTSA's 2018 data on drunk driving crashes in the United States

In December, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its latest analysis of drunk driving accidents in the U.S., which uses data from 2018. The agency analyzes data from the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), to which law enforcement across the country reports whenever a crash occurs on a public trafficway and results in the death of at least one person within 30 days of the accident.

Weight loss drug Belviq pulled from market for cancer risk

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked the Japanese drug maker Eisai Inc. to pull its weight loss drug Belviq from the market due to concerns the drug can slightly increase the user's risk of cancer. The extended release version of the drug is also being pulled. Eisai issued a statement saying it withdrew the drug voluntarily but disagrees with the FDA's interpretation of the data. It said it still believes Belviq has benefits that outweigh the risk.

Could your school contain asbestos-tainted materials?

Recently, a class of plaintiffs in another state accused a school district of failing to warn school employees and students that there was asbestos and lead in many of the district's buildings. According to the lawsuit, the school district received test results in 2016 from environmental engineers identifying asbestos in several schools. Despite having that information, the district took no action until January 2020.

Addicted to Purdue Pharma opioids? June 30 deadline for claims

People injured by their opioids can file personal injury claims directly against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the painkillers OxyContin, MS Contin and Ryzolt. Purdue is in bankruptcy, and part of that process involves divvying up the company's assets among creditors and claimants.

Another state considers lowing the BAC standard to 0.05%

In Tennessee and most states, you are considered "per se" under the influence for driving if your blood-alcohol content is measured at 0.08%. However, the National Transportation Safety Board has issued a recommendation encouraging all states to lower their per se standards to 0.05%. In 2018, the state of Utah became the first to do so.

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