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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.

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.

FDA panel urges higher testing standards for asbestos in cosmetics

Many cosmetics, from baby powder to eye shadow, contain talcum powder. Unfortunately, evidence increasingly suggests that talc sometimes contains asbestos, and exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma, lung cancer, or certain non-malignant lung diseases.

Johnson & Johnson settles asbestos-talc cancer claim in mid-trial

Nearly 17,000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson accusing the company of selling talcum powder products that it knew were laced with asbestos. Asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer, and other lung cancers. There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.

Good news on lung cancer: What to make of it

Recently, an analysis by the American Cancer Society found that the overall cancer death rate in the U.S. made its "biggest single-year drop ever," or 2.2%, between 2016 and 2017. On average, cancer rates have been dropping by about 1.5% per year over the last three decades. That means the cancer death rate dropped nearly twice as fast as usual during the study period.

Planning a home remodeling project? Plan for asbestos risk

Asbestos is a fiber that was widely used in insulation, flooring, roof tiles and other building materials especially before 1978. The Environmental Protection Agency says there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Exposure can cause serious illnesses, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.

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