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Johnson & Johnson announced shortly after Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman read his decision that the company will appeal the ruling and ask an appellate court to put Balkman’s order on hold while the case plays out.

Bolstered by support from her fellow celebrities, international superstar Taylor Swift won a symbolic victory Aug. 14 when a federal jury in Denver found that she was assaulted and battered by former Denver DJ David Mueller when he groped her at a backstage photo opportunity before a concert in June 2013. Now, Swift is using the massive publicity surrounding the trial to speak out on behalf of other victims of sexual assault, and plans to put her money where her mouth is.


After hearing an array of defense petitions, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the verdict and sentence handed down in the trial of a man convicted of killing a Northeastern State University professor.

Big Tobacco is the poster child for how an industry can confuse the experts and the public on the dangers of its product. It delayed any smoking restrictions for decades by employing the subterfuge of demanding “perfect knowledge” for proof of harm. This would mean complete and quantitative definitions of all aspects of human exposure, disease outcomes, biomolecular mechanisms of how smoking can cause cancer and effects of smoking on cancer in rats and mice.