January 16, 2019
Crayons purchased by a consumer advocacy group were found to contain asbestos.
Crayons purchased at a Chicago Dollar Tree have tested positive for asbestos. U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer advocacy organization, tested six kinds of crayons from various brands. Green Playskool crayons showed trace amounts of the asbestos fiber tremolite.
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January 14, 2019
A new study finds a causal link between prescribed opioid treatment during pregnancy and birth defects in newborns.
Researchers found a link between opioid painkillers use just before or during pregnancy and birth defects in a growing fetus.
Birth Defects and Opioids
Two to three percent of participating mothers in the CDC study reported treatment with opioid painkillers...
January 10, 2019
As a result of pesticide use, strawberries are named the dirtiest fruit.
They call them the Dirty Dozen — and in 2018, the sweet innocent strawberry led the list of produce with the highest pesticide contamination. Each year, the 12 “dirtiest fruits and vegetables” are ranked according to research conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit, nonpartisan...
January 8, 2019
Waters & Kraus founding partner selected to appear on esteemed list.
Peter Kraus, a founding partner at Waters & Kraus, LLP, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America© magazine for his work in Dallas on behalf of plaintiffs in personal injury litigation and product liability litigation.
December 27, 2018
The jury determined that Johnson & Johnson knew its baby powder contained asbestos in New Jersey’s first talc asbestos trial.
A Middlesex County, New Jersey jury ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and the talc company, Imerys Talc America (ITA), to pay $117 million in damages to a local couple after the husband developed mesothelioma after three decades of using...
December 20, 2018
In a groundbreaking trial, a Northern California jury unanimously agrees Monsanto Roundup pesticide was a contributing cause of Bay Area school groundskeeper’s incurable cancer. The award was later reduced to $78 million.
CALIFORNIA –– A San Francisco jury has awarded DeWayne Lee Johnson $289 million finding Monsanto liable for contributing to Mr. Johnson’s terminal...
December 18, 2018
Hazardous levels of cancer-causing glyphosate found in 26 breakfast cereals, oats, and bars.
A new report put out by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that 26 of the 28 products the organization tested contained detectable levels of cancer-causing glyphosate—the main ingredient in the popular herbicide Roundup. The levels are “higher than what EWG scientists consider...
December 14, 2018
A Reuters Investigation Reveals a Powder Keg of Deception.
Facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that its talc caused cancer, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) insists on the safety and purity of its iconic product. But internal documents examined by Reuters show that the company’s powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that J&J kept that information from...
December 13, 2018
Five days of smog crippled a city and sparked the need for change in industrial practices and clean air laws.
It began on December 5, 1952. What started as a typical, cold London day with a thick layer of fog surrounding the city’s national treasures did not last long. The fog began to turn yellowish brown as it mixed with thousands of tons of soot pumped into the air from factory...
December 12, 2018
Durable medical equipment provider agrees to resolve Waters & Kraus whistleblower complaint alleging False Claims Act violations
DALLAS –– Waters & Kraus, LLP is pleased to announce a $1.634 million settlement of a qui tam lawsuit by Western Medical Group, Benjamin D. George, and Jody C. Rookstool. The settlement resolves allegations that the...