Republican lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee will reportedly again have the opportunity to consider legislation aimed at asbestos tort reform. Last week, Texas Representative Blake Farenthold apparently re-submitted for consideration a bill called the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act. The bill was originally introduced back in 2015 and then rolled into the Further Asbestos Claim Transparency Act in 2016.
Various Louisiana shipyards employ tens of thousands of workers. In fact, some of those companies are among the top employers in the state. If you've worked in a shipyard, you might have been exposed to some form of asbestos. Actually, asbestos is a general term given to various naturally occurring mineral fibers. For decades, manufacturers used asbestos as a component in fire retardants, ceiling and wall insulation, roofing materials, pipes, and other things. The problem is that many people who have worked with such products have later developed cancer.
Last time, we briefly mentioned a recently published study which found a link between talcum powder use and the development of ovarian cancer. As we noted, the study authors concluded that more research needs to be done to determine whether there is a causal relationship there.
Readers may be aware that the issue of whether products containing talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer is currently being litigated in the courts. The main ingredient in talcum powder is refined talc, a white clay mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, hydrogen and oxygen. Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is one of the most widely used products containing talcum powder.