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Hair straightener lawsuits mount following government cancer study

Hair straightener lawsuits mount following government cancer study

Lawyers have filed at least nine lawsuits against L’Oreal USA Inc and other makers of hair straightener products since last month's release of a U.S. government study linking frequent use of the products to uterine cancer, according to court records. The suits, which...

3M’s Failed Legal Move Leaves Firm Back With Judge It Criticized

3M’s Failed Legal Move Leaves Firm Back With Judge It Criticized

3M Co., facing more than 200,000 lawsuits accusing it of harming soldiers with defective combat earplugs, opens a new round of mediation Thursday overseen by the same federal judge the industrial conglomerate has been feuding with since July. The company blames US...

Combat Arms Earplug Manufacturer 3M Must Stop Mistreating Veterans

Combat Arms Earplug Manufacturer 3M Must Stop Mistreating Veterans

Beginning in 2003, 3M sold an earplug called the Combat Arms to every branch of the military; they later became standard issue throughout much of the armed forces for soldiers deploying to combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. In civilian life, people are rarely...

Lead plaintiffs’ lawyers chosen in Abbott baby formula mass tort

Lead plaintiffs’ lawyers chosen in Abbott baby formula mass tort

(Reuters) - The federal judge overseeing mass tort litigation over claims that babies were sickened by formula from an Abbott Laboratories plant closed earlier this year has appointed lawyers at Johnson Becker and Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz to lead the...

How Abbott Kept Sick Babies From Becoming a Scandal

How Abbott Kept Sick Babies From Becoming a Scandal

Abbott’s lawyers at Jones Day negotiated secret settlements and used scorched earth tactics with families whose infants fell ill after consuming powdered formula. Early on a Saturday morning in 2013, Mark Bennett, a federal judge, walked into his chambers in the...

Florida judge orders mediation for 3M earplug cases

Florida judge orders mediation for 3M earplug cases

(Reuters) - The federal judge overseeing the record-breaking mass tort litigation against 3M Co over its military-issue earplugs has ordered the company to sit down with plaintiffs' lawyers for mediation, since a bankruptcy judge refused to stop the litigation and...

J&J’s move to exit talc globally need not raise any fresh concerns

J&J’s move to exit talc globally need not raise any fresh concerns

Earlier this month, the United States-headquartered multinational Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced that it would discontinue its talc-based baby powder products globally in 2023. The company will drop talc — a mineral that is mined — from its baby powder...