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Ovarian cancer and baby powder: Johnson & Johnson suffers massive brand-new defeat

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Law | 0 comments

Johnson & Johnson suffered a 2nd straight legal defeat in defense of its trademark talc items on Monday when it was ordered to pay $55 million in damages to a woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on making use of Johnson s Baby Powder for feminine health.

After about 10 hours of considerations, a state court jury in St. Louis, Mo., granted $5 million in offsetting damages and $50 million in punitive damages to Gloria Ristesund, 62, of Sioux Falls, S.D. She was diagnosed with Stage I ovarian cancer in 2011, and had a hysterectomy, including elimination of her uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes.

J&J is facing more than 1,200 comparable claims on behalf of ovarian cancer victims who state that genital use of its talc powders talcum powder and Shower to Shower was the cause or a contributing cause of the condition. As reported by Fair Warning, in February the health care items giant was slammed with a $72 million loss in a case brought by the family of Jacqueline Fox, a Birmingham, Ala., woman who passed away of ovarian cancer last year at the age of 62.

The newest defeat is more considerable because the facts seemed much more favorable to the company. Under the treatment being utilized to handle numerous pending claims in St. Louis, complainants got to pick the first claim to be tried, the Fox case, and the defense selected the next one, Ristesund. According to evidence in the case, Ristesund had experienced endometriosis and was obese both risk elements for ovarian cancer. Ristesund has had no reoccurrence of her cancer since undergoing surgical treatment in 2011. Jurors in cancer cases in some cases reveal more sympathy for victims who are terminally ill or departed.

The jury of 9 women and three guys discovered J&J and its subsidiary, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Cos., Inc., guilty of negligence and failure to caution about the dangers of genital use of talc. The jury rejected an additional claim that the business had conspired to supply deceptive scientific and medical information. As likewise happened in the Fox case, J&J s co-defendant and talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, Inc., was absolved of liability.

Ristesund decreased to be spoken with. Ted Meadows, one of her attorneys, stated she is extremely delighted about the decision, in particular, since she brought this lawsuit to let the public understand of the risks, since Johnson & Johnson appears reluctant to do so.

In a prepared statement, J&J spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said the company will appeal the decision, which breaks 30 years of researches by medical experts all over the world that continue to support the safety of cosmetic talc. We understand that women and families impacted by ovarian cancer are searching for answers, and we deeply have compassion with all who have been impacted by this ravaging illness without any recognized cause.

In a composed statement, Imerys spokesperson Stephanie Fraser stated the company’s confidence in the safety of its talc is supported by the agreement view of qualified scientific experts and governing agencies. Our hearts go out to the women and their families impacted by ovarian cancer. We hope the scientific community will remain to focus its efforts and resources on finding the true reasons for ovarian cancer to help lead us to a cure for this tragic illness.

In closing arguments on Friday, Ristesund attorney R. Allen Smith, Jr. stated the case depended upon whether J&J had a duty to alert, and whether genital use of talc caused or added to Ristesund’s cancer. We are not discussing a product that causes a rash, Smith said. The defendants have shown complete neglect for the safety of women, and my client.

J&J attorney Christy D. Jones informed the panel that talc is safe and that, women and gentlemen, is exactly what the current science is. You shouldn’t be warning of something that’s not real. In her closing statement, Imerys attorney Nancy M. Erfle said Ristesund’s cancer was a dreadful thing for her to go through, but that talc is not the reason. The science supports the safety of talc.

How Should a Law Practice Market Itself in 2016?

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Law | 0 comments – Law Firm Marketing and Tips – New Zealand lawyers like most others in other jurisdictions are facing continuous modification in the law, but likewise in the method which they market themselves.

The Law Fuel website has actually launched a story speaking with 7 of the major law firm marketers in the United States – however relevant to law practice all over – regarding their Number 1 suggestion for marketing their firms in 2016.

The US “gurus” are a few of the most distinguished names in law marketing, such as National Trial legal representative editor and law office SEO specialist Larry Bodine, together with Chris Dreyer from Attorney Rankings, a leading law firm internet marketing company, SEO professional Casey Meraz and others.

Amongst the tips, which range from blogging (such as Lex Blog’s Kevin O’Keefe) to focusing upon the modifications in Google that require changing marketing techniques too such as Speakeasy Marketing’s Richard Jacobs, who indicates the significantly fragmented market, where those looking for legal suggestions have directories, word-of-mouth, online search engine and more.

Marketing a law practice suggestions offer food for thought for legal representatives who increasingly discover internet marketing and their general offering to their markets to be highly competitive, however also ever-changing. Making use of e-mail marketing, mobile site optimization and other concerns are raised in a post that assists piece together some of the secrets towards making a successful law practice.

Seeing the requirement for greater focus upon their specialties and their passion, the law marketers offer sage tips on how best to define the ground for law practice that will develop more customers and better earnings for law practice in 2016.

Today’s North East visits

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Law | 0 comments

Start your working week with a roundup of the most recent visits from around the area.

Elizabeth Gibbison, Stephanie Layton, Hay & Kilner

Newcastle-based law practice Hay & Kilner has actually selected 2 attorneys, Elizabeth Gibbison and Stephanie Layton, to its personal capital and family law groups respectively.

Elizabeth encourages clients on a vast array of legal matters including Wills, trusts, probate, powers of lawyer, inheritance tax and estate preparation.

Stephanie works alongside household law specialist Nicola Matthews and assists clients with divorce, non-married partners separating, financial and children issues and cases including the Court of Protection.

Kirstin Cook, partner and head of personal capital at Hay & Kilner, said: We are thrilled to announce these consultations at Hay & Kilner.

Elizabeth & Stephanie will help enhance our capacity, along with our significant track record. We wish them every success in their professions at Hay & Kilner.

Professor Dianne Ford, Northumbria University.

Northumbria University has designated a new Executive Dean to lead its Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

Professor Dianne Ford signs up with Northumbria from Newcastle University, where she was a Professor of Molecular Nutrition and Director of PhD Studies in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. She will lead Northumbria s biggest scholastic professors, which has almost 12,000 students and 595 personnel.

Prof. Ford is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and has actually published substantial research into understanding how our diet interacts with cellular function. She analyzes the ways in which they consequently choose to use or store energy and has actually worked collaboratively with many worldwide universities including Melbourne’s Deakin University and Aachen University in Germany.

Discussing her consultation, Prof. Ford said: “I have been so motivated by the energy and enthusiasm of everyone in the University, and particularly in the senior group, to drive and establish research study at Northumbria. I am very much looking forward to assisting the professors further develop its currently strong research study activity and locations of specialism.”.


Stephanie Knox, Godfrey Syrett.

North East furniture manufacturer Godfrey Syrett has actually revealed that Stephanie Knox has been selected as marketing executive.

The appointment follows the firm s current statement that it is providing a tactical development plan, which will see the business almost double its turnover to 40m in the next five years.

Stephanie previously worked for laminate making company Formica Group, and brings with her a wealth of experience in marketing preparation and interactions.

Stephanie will work alongside the firm s recently appointed group sales director, David Hall, who has actually been employed to enhance brand name awareness throughout the UK, and drive sales in new sectors.

David Hall stated: We are delighted that Stephanie has joined our expanding group, originating from a manufacturing background she

has a wealth of pertinent marketing experience which will even more enhance the department.

Stephanie Knox included: I am thrilled to have joined Godfrey Syrett at such an exciting time for the company. Their strong heritage combined with their continued investments puts them in a strong position in the market; and I’m looking forward to assisting to drive further growth in our target sectors.

Russell Smith, Newcastle Racecourse.

Arena Racing Company (ARC) and Newcastle Racecourse have exposed the visit of Russell Smith to the newly developed role of General Manager.

Russell, initially from Edinburgh, has more than fifteen years’ experience operating in the sports industry, having formerly been Chief Marketing Officer of the Homeless World Cup, Business Development Manager at Scottish Rugby Union and Head of Commercial and Marketing for Hibernian FC.

Working with Newcastle Racecourse Executive Director, David Williamson, Russell will be accountable for collaborating and managing all the commercial activities throughout the Gosforth Park Estate and developing both the racing and conference and events aspects of business.

Newcastle Racecourse has actually recently undergone a substantial redevelopment, which has seen the setup of a brand-new, state of the art, Tapeta all-weather racing surface area. The very first meeting on the new surface area will take place on 17 May 2016.

Russell Smith stated: I am happy to be signing up with the group at Newcastle Racecourse, at what is a really interesting time for the business.

” The variety of opportunities that exist within racing and particularly within the Gosforth Park Estate gives us a lot of chances to continue to establish our business and develop brand-new

campaigns to bring in both the corporate market and the public alike.

Leigh Ferguson, BHP Law.

Attorney Leigh Ferguson has actually signed up with North East firm BHP Law s Darlington office.

Leigh spent the last 14 years with a city firm in Newcastle and her consultation represents a significant further strengthening of BHP s services to companies.

With a background in personal injury, Leigh was formerly a group leader dealing with objected to occupational disease claims before transferring to commercial lawsuits and fraud as a commercial conflict resolution specialist and financial obligation recuperation supervisor.

Her experience covers a wide variety of commercial disputes consisting of plaintiff and accused work including breach of agreement claims, carelessness, misrepresentation, partnership conflicts, fraud and complex financial obligation healing.

Leigh, who is a member of Saltwell Harriers and is training for a half marathon in June, stated: “I’ve signed up with a growing, expert team at BHP and want to develop on the firm s credibility for working closely and establishing strong relationships with clients.

” We’re aiming to raise awareness about the level of expertise in the firm and enhance the profile of our team and the experience available to businesses facing disagreements, and working out on their behalf to attain finest outcomes.”.

Djamel Hassaine and Simon Martin, Scott Logic.

Bespoke software application development consultancy Scott Logic has appointed two senior designers to its growing group.

Djamel Hassaine and Simon Martin both have experience in data analytics and constructing financial trading systems, locations

where Scott Logic specializes. The pair will be based at the firm’s Newcastle office at St James Gate.

Simon, a father-of-one initially from Edinburgh, has a PhD in Computer Science from Newcastle University. He has spent the past 8 years working for launch business in the city, most recently at the same company as Djamel before the pair joined Scott Logic.

A theoretical physics graduate, Simon has dealt with a wide range of systems throughout his professional life, including writing a web-crawler from scratch in C++, and utilizing data from social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook to get insight into customer opinion.

He said: I decided to obtain the position at Scott Logic after hearing good ideas from Djamel, who had already been interviewed. I’m delighting in finding my feet in the company – everybody I’ve spoken to has actually been very welcoming and passionate, and I’ve been happily surprised by the ease of shift into a new environment so far.

Experienced in Java, C/C++ and Linux tools, Djamel has a PhD in Computer Science from Durham University, and comes from Dubai. In specific, he takes pleasure in dealing with Angular 2 and TypeScript.

He stated: I’ve been made very welcome at Scott Logic up until now, even being kindly treated to a burrito by my new manager on my very first day. I’m already enjoying working on an HTML5 JavaScript training job.”.

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