News Recap for 3-19-21
Legal Examiner: Johnson & Johnson Reserves Nearly $4 Billion for Talc Verdicts and Settlements — J&J has set aside an enormous sum of money to cover litigation expenses stemming from accusations that its baby powder is carcinogenic. The company is awaiting a final appeal decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, and these funds may have been set aside in case that appeal fails.
Washington Examiner: With this Missouri case, the Supreme Court could curb activist state judiciaries — The Johnson & Johnson baby powder case could give the Supreme Court the opportunity to combat activist courts and junk science in one fell swoop, says the president of the American Tort Reform Association. This multi-billion dollar settlement—awarded based on unproven science—sets a dangerous precedent for companies and consumers alike.
Marietta Daily Journal: The Truth About Ethylene Oxide — In this commentary, the heads of AdvaMed and the Center for Global Health Innovation break down the misconceptions surrounding EtO, in Georgia and nationwide. As the medical sterilization industry searches for better ways to control emissions, it is vital that sterilization plants continue to follow guidance and put the safety of their communities first.
National Law Review: PFAS Drinking Water Regulations: Full Steam Ahead Under Regan — Newly-confirmed EPA head Michael Regan announced that he will make PFAS regulation a priority of his department. The same day of his confirmation, draft PFAS drinking water regulations were added to the Federal Register.
Sun Journal: Maine Homeowners Seek More Time to Sue Over Chemical Contamination — Maine is considering legislation that would give property owners six years from the first discovery of PFAS in the environment to file lawsuits against “responsible parties,” including manufacturers and paper mills. Maine would join more than three dozen other states who have enacted a similar rule.