Industry Documents about Toxic Substances Publicly Available

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The lawyers at Brayton Purcell LLP represent people who have been injured by exposure to asbestos and other toxic substances, including beryllium, silica, coal dust, nicotine, glyphosate, diesel exhaust, welding fumes, flame retardants, MTBE and others. Wrongful exposure can happen in the workplace, the environment, at home or from use of dangerous products.

We recently posted a blog here about a $37 million compensatory damage verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier in a lawsuit alleging that a banker contracted mesothelioma from decades of using talcum powder contaminated with asbestos fibers. Reuters reports that in phase two of that New Jersey trial, the jury awarded an additional $80 million in punitive damages and that the defendants are appealing.

As we wrote previously, CVN reported that evidence in that trial was a 1969 internal company document about asbestos in talc.

In a related development, a large database of similar industry documents is now available to the public. Toxic Docs, a project-based at Columbia University and the City University of New York, offers a free, searchable database of “millions of pages of previously classified documents on industrial poisons.”

Staff on the project include distinguished academic, scientific and history professionals in the fields of public health, data analytics, occupational health and environmental health.

Relevant to the reporting we have done here on asbestos risk in talc, a blog on the Toxic Docs website called “Asbestos and Talc: A Toxic Docs Special Collection” describes how users can construct a search to pull up documents on this topic.