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  • TOXIC TORT: Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $417 Million by California Jury
    A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ordered Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) to pay $417 million to a woman who claims she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products. The Plaintiff, Eva Echeverria (“Plaintiff”), received the largest ...
    Posted By Poole & Shaffery, LLP
  • LABOR LAW: Blocked Department of Labor Overtime Rule Revisited
    Shortly after the presidential election in 2016, a federal district court in Texas issued an order halting the United States Department of Labor’s (USDOL or the Department) efforts to significantly raise the minimum salary for exempt employees throughout ...
    Posted By Brian E. Koegle
  • LITIGATION: The Resurrection of California Courts' Broad Sanctioning Authority
    After twenty years of dormancy, California courts recently regained the authority to impose sanctions against parties for bad faith tactics and frivolous litigation. Unfortunately, the good news for California business owners may be short-lived. --- ...
    Posted By Samuel R.W. Price
  • TOXIC TORT: Baby Powder Litigation: Talc of the Town
    Recent multi-million dollar plaintiffs’ verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri have provided plaintiffs’ across the nation with a blueprint for establishing a causal link between the development of ovarian cancer and the use of talcum ...
    Posted By Poole & Shaffery, LLP
  • TOXIC TORT: Take-Home Asbestos Liability Narrowed At Appellate Level
    California Defendants in “take-home” asbestos exposure cases received valuable precedent in the recent California appellate court decision Petitpas v. Ford Motor Company, et al. (July 5, 2017, B245037, -- Cal.App.5th --). In Petitpas , Plaintiffs, Joseph ...
    Posted By Jason A. Benkner