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Nearly $5 billion awarded to talc powder users

Baby powder has long been a staple in U.S. households, but fears over its links to cancer might change that. Johnson & Johnson was recently ordered to pay nearly $5 billion to women who alleged the company’s talc-based product contains asbestos, causing them to develop cancer.

The lawsuit is based on the allegations of 22 women who claim their decades-long use of baby powder and other talc products caused their ovarian cancer. The cancer victims argued that Johnson & Johnson knew their product was contaminated with asbestos, but covered up the evidence since the 1970s. The jury agreed and awarded a verdict of $550 million in compensatory damages and over $4 billion in punitive damages.

University president called to testify regarding scandal

The disgraced doctor may be already behind bars, but the case that shocked the country is far from over. Michigan State interim president John Engler now finds himself in the cross-hairs — and he’s been asked to testify before Congress. This unfortunate situation is the most recent example of a university struggling to handle a sexual abuse problem.

 

Trucker is charged in deadly crash with Canadian hockey team bus

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Charges were just announced for a truck driver who was involved in a high-profile crash earlier this year. Months after his semi-trailer collided with a team bus in rural Canada, the driver is now facing numerous charges.

An entire country mourns the loss of young lives

Who's to blame if your Uber or Lyft driver gets in a crash?

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Getting in a car accident can be frightening. You're probably in shock. You might even be injured. But what happens if you get into a crash while riding in an Uber or Lyft? Who is at fault?

The short answer is: It's complicated. Learn why a recent court case made this issue even more complicated, moving the question into what's called "a legal grey area."

Are you a victim of gender discrimination at work?

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Did you recently discover that you are paid at a lower rate for the same work than your coworker of the opposite gender? Unfortunately, this happens a lot.

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, the U.S. has a long way to go toward gender equality. While a majority of people believe there is a discrepancy between how much men and women make, many believe it is justified because of the differences between men and women. Attitudes on gender suggest that physical ability, hobbies and interests and the expression of emotions all play a role in the workplace.

Beware of thinly-veiled discrimination practices at your job

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Most workers in Southern California know that their employers may not discriminate in hiring and promotions based on an employee's race, religion, sex, gender, age, disability status or sexual orientation. Workers are protected from illegal discrimination by a variety of state, federal and local laws...at least in theory.

What actually goes on in some companies

Is your baby powder making you sick?

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For decades, major health and beauty companies, including industry giant Johnson & Johnson, marketed talc powder as "baby powder." It was advertised as a healthy and safe product to use to prevent diaper rash, odor and any kind of dampness or moisture on the skin.

Mothers applied this powder to their babies' bottoms, hoping to keep them dry and chap-free. Women applied the powder inside their underwear to stave off moisture and odor. People also used the powder in shoes, on their underarms and in many other applications that involved direct exposure to their skin and some degree of inhalation.

Marijuana legality does not protect drivers involved in crashes

Even if marijuana is legal, there's a responsibility that those who indulge have to assume. They must be responsible for their actions. If they decide to get behind the wheel and drive when they're impaired, they're putting themselves and others at risk of injury. That isn't fair to anyone.

Some people believe that making marijuana legal means it's safe to drive after using it. However, that couldn't be further from the truth. The legality of a substance has nothing to do with its ability to impair its users. Alcohol is legal, yet you certainly face penalties for driving with it in your system. The same applies to marijuana usage.

Girardi | Keese law firm advocating for USC sex abuse victims

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A gynecologist who treated patients at the University of Southern California's student health clinic for nearly 30 years has been terminated amid allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of hundreds of female students and patients. USC is also under fire for failing to take action against Dr. George Tyndall despite receiving complaints about his behavior since as early as 1988. Tyndall was the only full-time gynecologist at USC for 27 years.

To date, nearly 400 women have contacted a USC hotline and many others have contacted local law enforcement offices directly. More than 20 lawsuits have been filed against Tyndall by former patients, and the list is growing as more victims come forward.

Did your termination violate your employment contract?

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In the modern workplace, it is not always easy to determine when an employer treats you unfairly, even when they terminate your employment. The employer will certainly not voluntarily admit to any wrongdoing, even if your termination violates the law or your employment contract. Unfortunately, many employers act outside of the law, letting employees bearing the consequences.

If you suspect that you were recently terminated unfairly or illegally, it is always wise to examine why your employer let you go and whether the action fits within the boundaries laid out by your contract or the law in general.

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