Is Litigation on the Horizon for Sunscreen Manufacturers?

Posted by on June 25, 2019

On May 6, 2019, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that several sunscreens used under maximal conditions resulted in plasma concentrations of active ingredients that exceeded the threshold limit established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The fact that an ingredient is absorbed through the skin and
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E-Cigarette Litigation is Heating Up and The Science is Too

Posted by on June 6, 2019

Manufacturers, retailers, and distributors of e-cigarettes are likely to be defending themselves in against a variety of claims involving these products. The e-cigarette litigation landscape is evolving quickly with several high-profile lawsuits filed over the past several weeks by Attorneys General of Massachusetts and North Carolina, and consumers such as the Nessmith Class Action, Swearingen
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New PFAS Legislation Will Have Big Impact on Litigation

Posted by on June 3, 2019

Recently, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate held separate legislative hearings to address potential health and environmental impacts of pre-/polyfluorinated substances (PFAS). On May 15, 2019, the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change held a hearing to consider a series of bills aimed at reducing potential environmental and health risks associated with
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Can Smoking Cause Mesothelioma?

Posted by and on May 16, 2019

The causal relationship between smoking and lung cancer is one of the strongest and most well established in all the health sciences. Asbestos defense attorneys have therefore been eager to determine if there is a causal relationship between smoking and mesothelioma. If such a relationship were identified, in certain cases with the right case-specific facts,
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PFAS Inspired Litigation: An Increasing Number of Entities are at Risk

Posted by on May 8, 2019

Poly- and per-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of synthesized chemicals that have been used for more than 50 years across many types of industries. For instance, PFAS compounds are widely used in non-stick products (e.g., Teflon), water- and/or stain-proof fabrics (e.g., clothing, furniture), food contact materials (e.g., certain types of cardboard), firefighting foams,
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Signature Mutations Might be the Best Alternative Cause Defense You Never Heard Of

Posted by and on April 29, 2019

Genetic knowledge continues to increase at a rapid pace, transforming not only the practice of medicine but also toxic tort litigation. See our previous posts on this topic (e.g., here and here), our webinar, and our comprehensive white paper titled The Litigator’s Guide to Using Genomics in a Toxic Tort Case for more detailed information
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New Study Identifies Potential Genetic Biomarker of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Posted by on January 21, 2019

In a recently published article, Guarrera and colleagues report differential DNA methylation between malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) patients and cancer-free controls. These data represent some of the first evidence of detectable differences in DNA methylation in asbestos-exposed individuals with and without MPM. For asbestos defendants, these results provide support for the potential use of DNA
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Wasting too much time searching for scientific articles and not enough time reading them?

Posted by on January 15, 2019

The volume of newly published scientific literature continues to grow at a staggering pace. A recent PubMed statistic indicates that the database hosts almost 29 million citations, with more than 1.3 million added in 2018 alone; a number that increased by 35% since 2013! And this accounts only for journals that are indexed by PubMed,
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Malignant Mesothelioma in Women: Non-Occupational Asbestos Exposure or Genetics?

Posted by on January 9, 2019

A recent article by Marinaccio and colleagues examined gender differences and modalities of asbestos exposure in malignant mesothelioma (MM). The results are some of the first to examine gender differences in mesothelioma risk, with significantly more cases of MM attributed to occupational asbestos exposure in men than women. The author concluded that non-occupational exposure to
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Malic Acid Under Fire in a Growing Number of Lawsuits and the Right Experts will be Key to Defending These Cases

Posted by on December 16, 2018

Malic acid is a versatile ingredient that is commonly found in food and dietary supplement products. Lately, malic acid has become the target of a growing number of lawsuits. Briefly, the suits allege that certain products are labeled as containing “no artificial flavors” but list malic acid as an ingredient. The suits continue by saying
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