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New Information Emerges on Pennsylvania Catholic Church Sex Abuse Victims Funds

As several Pennsylvania dioceses move to establish funds to settle claims over hundreds of sex abuse allegations, details have emerged about how the funds will be paid and the pathways that survivors of the abuse may have toward filing their claims.

The funds, known as reconciliation and reparation funds, are particularly important to those whose claims may have exceeded the statutes of limitations that would normally bar the victim from pursuing civil action in court. It can take ...

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Jury Sides with J&J in Talc Asbestos Case

Johnson and Johnson scores win in talc asbestos caseThe world’s largest healthcare products company scored a victory last week when a Eureka, California jury cleared it of all liability in a case claiming that asbestos in its talc-based baby powder products caused a woman to develop mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a specific type of lung cancer that has been intrinsically linked to asbestos particles. Widely used in various construction applications for its fireproofing capabilities, the ...

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Pennsylvania Catholic Church Establishes Sex Abuse Survivors Compensation Fund

Several Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses have established a fund to pay out settlements to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy members. Known as the Independent Reconciliation and Reparations program, the fund may help provide a layer of closure to survivors who claim to have been sexually abused by the Church during childhood.

The issue of Catholic clergy sexual abuse has ravaged the Church for decades and Pennsylvania has been hit particularly hard. The Pennsylvania compensation program is run by ...

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Update: Consolidation Sought in Valsartan Lawsuits

valsartan plaintiffs seek consolidation of lawsuitsPlaintiffs involved in lawsuits over contamination of a key ingredient in generic heart medications have moved to have their cases consolidated before a federal judge.

Shipments of valsartan, an ingredient in medications used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, were found to be tainted with a chemical known as NDMA. According to the EPA, NDMA is a possible human carcinogen and is used in everything from ...

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Turkey Salmonella Outbreak Kills 1, Sickens over 100

turkey salmonella outbreak strikes before thanksgiving“It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought, it figures.”

The nation’s turkey farmers would prefer not to think about Alanis Morissette’s late-90s anthem to irony. However, as a salmonella outbreak linked to turkey takes hold less than two weeks before Thanksgiving, the turkeys aren’t the only ones getting nervous.

The ...

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Harley-Davidson Issues Recall Over Failing Clutches

Harley-davidson issues recall over motorcycle clutches2018 has not been kind to Harley-Davidson. Less than one year after recalling close to 175,000 motorcycles because of potential of brake failure in certain circumstances, the iconic manufacturer has recalled almost 178,000 more over possible issues with the clutch used on the bikes.

The brake recall issued by Harley-Davidson in early 2018 was unique in that it was almost exclusively focused on owners who had allowed their brake fluid to age ...

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