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Baby powder: to use it or not is an ongoing debate for U.S. women

Johnson & Johnson's baby powder has been popular in Louisiana and across the U.S. for a number of years, but female users may be especially interested in recent civil litigation surrounding the product. Some claim a possible link exists between ovarian cancer and the talc that is a primary ingredient of baby powder.

In September of last year, The New York Times reported Johnson & Johnson had suffered "a painful blow in the talc litigation" a month earlier. In August, 2017, a Los Angeles jury found enough evidence to support a belief that the company had exhibited harmful behavior. In the end, the plaintiff received a $417 million judgment in her favor. The case is currently undergoing an appeals process, so no payouts have yet been issued. 

Harmful ingredients can be hidden inside products

When people buy a product, they usually assume the product has been tested for the safety of consumers. This can be especially true when the product is meant for children. Unfortunately, there are numerous products available in Louisiana, as well as across the country, that have been improperly tested or contain ingredients of unknown origin and can cause harm to multiple people.

Recently, the national cosmetics and beauty accessory chain Claire's came under scrutiny, after a mother sent in some of the store's makeup for testing. The makeup, which is marketed toward little girls, reportedly contained asbestos. Asbestos can be found in talc, which is used in many beauty and health products in the United States. In response, the store issued a recall on nine makeup products and sent several items from numerous states for additional testing. Spokespeople from the store said that the recent tests came back negative for asbestos, but they are continuing to test products. While Claire's asserts that the talcum ingredients in their cosmetics are from a certified asbestos-free vendor, the store is continuing to honor returns for those who are concerned about product safety.

What are some red flags when buying a home?

Buying a home is one of the biggest events in your life and possibly the biggest investment you and your family will make. Whether you are considering the purchase of a Louisiana home as your primary residence or a vacation home, you can save yourself a lot of heartache, not to mention costly repairs, by thoroughly inspecting any home before you commit to buying it.

Louisiana has some of the most beautiful homes and properties to be found anywhere in the country. However, Louisiana also is known for its summer heat, year-round high humidity and annual hurricane season. As Better Homes and Gardens explains, looking for potential red flags in any home is well worth your time and effort.

CA health officials release warning about cellphone radiation

Smartphone use is prevalent in the U.S. and all across the world. It is a part of daily life, even for kids. You may assume that smartphones are generally safe, but according to the California Department of Public Health, that may not be the case. The CDPH has released tips to help people reduce their exposure to cellphone radiation

Mobile phones release energy in radio frequencies when they receive and send signals via cellphone towers. These smartphone frequencies may result in health complications. So what are the risks of cellphone usage and what are the CDPH safety guidelines? Find out below. 

Understanding Louisiana product liability

At Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, LLP, in Louisiana, we know that defective products hurt thousands of Americans every year. This is despite the fact that product manufacturers and distributors owe a duty to you and other consumers to make sure that their products are reasonably safe to use and to provide labels and/or documentation that warn you of a product's potential dangers.

As FindLaw explains, all product liability lawsuits are based on some form of negligence. In other words, the product's manufacturer and/or distributor owed a duty to you and somehow breached that duty, causing you to suffer personal injury and/or property damage.

What is a commercial lease?

If you are a Louisiana entrepreneur starting a new business, you probably want to lease the property where your new company will do business rather than going to the expense of purchasing that property. You may have had experience with residential leases in the past, but if this is your first experience with entering into a commercial lease, there are several things you need to know.

As FindLaw explains, a commercial lease often is a very long, very complex, and very intimidating document. In addition, unlike most residential leases, a number of provisions in a commercial lease can be negotiated between you and your landlord. Other differences exist as well, including the following:

  • A commercial lease normally lasts for several years.
  • A commercial lease has fewer legal protections because state laws presume that people engaged in business are more sophisticated about legal documents.
  • A commercial lease is a unique document, specific to not only the property involved, but also to the needs and specifications of the parties signing it.

How can a catastrophic injury impact you?

Louisiana workers who are injured on the job can face an entire spectrum of impacts. It all depends on the severity of the injury itself. Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South LLP are here to help you determine the impacts of a catastrophic injury after determining if what you have falls under that category.

Catastrophic injuries include a broad range of issues. The factor that ties them all together is that these injuries are severe enough to cause a catastrophic impact to your life, be it physically, mentally, emotionally, or in a way that affects all three areas.

Roundup: the weed killer that kills people, too

Earlier this year, the Mercury News reported that 40 California residents are suing Monsanto, the company that manufactures Roundup, the popular weed and grass killer. The plaintiffs allege that their use of Roundup caused them to develop Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

The lawsuit against Monsanto and its California distributor Wilbur Ellis Company, LLC, seeks both compensatory and punitive damages for personal injuries and wrongful deaths. It is one of over 700 such suits against Monsanto in state and federal courts throughout America. The plaintiffs allege that Monsanto produced and promoted false data about the dangers of glyphosate, Roundup’s main ingredient. They also allege that Monsanto attacked legitimate research showing the danger of glyphosate.

The importance of title insurance

Most people in Louisiana long for and plan for the day they can buy their first home. Owning real estate is one of the most important rights and freedoms America has to offer. Property ownership not only enhances self esteem, but also provides a permanent place for a family to live, grow and thrive.

As Louisiana Title Services points out, homeowners want to know that the property belongs to them and them alone. They want to make sure that no one except their mortgage company has any claims, liens or encumbrances against the property. That is what title insurance assures.

How do car accidents cause traumatic brain injuries?

Louisiana sees its fair share of vehicle collisions. So far in 2017, the most dangerous time of year appears to be the spring, with over 4,000 crashes occurring each month between March and May. 

There are numerous dangers associated with car accidents. One commonly overlooked problem is traumatic brain injuries. These are typically referred to as concussions, and they pose many dangers to people. It can take months after a collision for the symptoms to manifest, so people need to remain cognizant of their health to get medical help when they require it. 

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