NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–About 50 protesters uniformly filled Albany Street on April 25 for the annual Johnson & Johnson (J&J) shareholders meeting to convey a message: The price of bedaquiline, a lifesaving tuberculosis (TB) drug sold by J&J, should be no more than a dollar a day.

They chanted in succession, “Pills cost pennies. Greed costs lives,” while most held one or more pill bottles as props.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Nearly a year after changing its name to Superfresh, the 49,000 square foot market inside the city's “Wellness Plaza” on Kirkpatrick Street has shrunk in size.

The store is privately owned and operated, but rents the entire space from New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA). Over the past fourteen months, the owners have fallen behind in rent by more than $500,000, owed to NBPA.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Fireworks-related injuries sent nearly 13,000 people to emergency rooms across the country last year, according to the federal government.

“Celebrate safely when using fireworks,” cautioned the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as Independence Day approached, citing holiday barbeques, cookouts and pool parties.

The CPSC said eight fireworks-related deaths were reported in 2017, with the victims ranging in age from four to 57.

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Wells Fargo Bank must pay $1 billion to federal regulators over two counts of corporate malfeasance against its mortgage and auto lending business.

The fine represents the largest imposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and most severe levied by the administration of President Donald Trump.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier were ordered to pay a man and his wife a combined $117 million following a major case held in Middlesex County Courthouse.

On April 11, the jury awarded punitive damages of $80 million after it failed to agree with the pharmaceutical giant’s counsel that the company did not act with “malicious conduct” when it deliberately continued to sell talcum powder containing trace amounts of asbestos.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–In December 2016, attorneys for Stephen Lanzo III, a 46-year-old New Jersey resident with mesothelioma, filed a complaint against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its talc supplier claiming that Lanzo’s use of J&J’s baby powder caused his disease.

The trial, which is being held before Judge Ana Viscomi at the Middlesex County Courthouse on Paterson Street, began on January 29.

It is expected to be handed to a jury for a verdict sometime in March.

EDISON, NJ–Saker ShopRites, Inc., a family business that operates grocery stores in Central Jersey, has recalled nearly 20,000 pounds of pork and chicken empanadas that were "misbranded" and fail to list egg as an ingredient.

The recall was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).