Author Archives: Giovanni Ciavarra

Genomics: Beyond Asbestos and Into Talcum Powder Litigation and Ovarian Cancer

It appears that 2016 may be the year that genomics and other aspects of molecular science make a big splash in “mass tort” litigation. While genomic analysis has long been used in forensics, it has also made its way into toxic tort cases, such as benzene exposure cases, and asbestos and mesothelioma cases. Indeed, the first BAP1 and mesothelioma case is now on the books (see our recent post on this here). Recently, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was ordered to pay $72 million

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Will Diacetyl Flavorings in E-Cigarettes be the Next Mass Tort?

This post also appears on the Science & Law Blog from Innovative Science Solutions.  It seems that science related to the efficacy and safety of e-cigarettes (e-cigs) is continuously making headlines. The growing popularity of e-cigs has attracted attention of many different groups, and e-cigs are likely to continue to be the subject of vigorous debate. While e-cigs are not currently regulated, the FDA has issued a proposed rule to include e-cigs under its authority to regulate certain tobacco and nicotine-containing products. Innovative Science Solutions…

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