Johnson & Johnson cannot hide behind a reconstruction of LLCs to avoid cancer lawsuits. This was a ruling by a federal appeals court on Monday.
Last year, Johnson & Johnson tried to re-organize itself into a new entity called LTL Management in order to avoid over 38,000 lawsuits related to baby powder. The lawsuits accuse the company of knowing that its products caused ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
The court ruled that the restructuring “does not meet the bankruptcy code’s intended purpose.” Critics say that if the court had allowed this, other companies would use this strategy to avoid litigation in the future.
Last year Johnson & Johnson stopped using talc in its products in exchange for cornstarch.
A chemical watchdog group says that Syria did use chemical weapons on civilians in 2018 in Douma. This was the event that prompted the U.K. to join the U.S. and France in bombing Syria.
This comes from a group called the OPCW, or Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The media has jumped on this story as proof that Syria is Russian-aligned in attacks on civilians. What they have left out is the fact that many whistleblowers from inside the OPCW have accused the OPCW of a cover-up. Journalist Aaron Mate details here just how far the media is bending over backward to ignore this cover-up.
Internal memos from the OPCW suggest that the chemical weapons canisters “were likely placed at the site of the incident, suggesting an inside job from American-allied forces.” In fact, according to those who bothered to look, “senior OPCW officials reportedly ordered the removal of ‘all traces’ of dissenting opinion from the published document.”
So why is the media jumping with both feet on the report from the OPCW without any acknowledgment of the cover-up? If they could discredit the report, they’d surely be happy to but instead they just ignore it. Can you say false flag?
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In Spain, the government is taxing big banks to pay for the inflation caused by the energy crisis. This is called a “windfall tax.”
The banks have no choice but to pay it but now they are going to challenge it in courts. According to the Financial Times, “Santander and BBVA plan to challenge the tax, according to people with knowledge of their thinking, while Bankinter and Abanca have publicly said they will. The boards of Sabadell and CaixaBank have yet to decide.”
The tax came from Spain’s Socialist-led party. It adds a 4.8% tax on banks’ income. It may also put this tax on energy companies. The banks say that if they have to increase their tax payments, it will harm the economy even more by reducing the amount that they can lend to consumers. The European Central Bank agrees with the banks and warned against this tax last year.
The U.S. will end the national emergency over Covid in May but the World Health Organization has decided that Covid still constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern.” The committee voted last Friday on whether or not to end the international emergency but decided it is just not time yet.
Although the WHO admits that Covid is at a “transition point,” the committee is not ready to end the emergency declaration and the head of the WHO, Dr. Tedros, conceded to the advice of the committee.
According to the WHO statement, the committee “recognized that pandemic fatigue and reduced public perception of risk have led to drastically reduced use of public health and social measures, such as masks and social distancing.” But the committee decided that a continued state of emergency “is required to maintain global attention to COVID-19, the potential negative consequences that could arise if the PHEIC was terminated, and how to transition in a safe manner.”
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This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris. Please feel free to reach Natali at [email protected] for any editorial feedback.