Welcome to Law.com Class Actions: Critical Mass, a weekly briefing for class action and mass tort attorneys. A Congressional hearing focuses on the potential abuses of Chapter 11 as arguments begin over whether to dismiss the Johnson & Johnson talc case. A federal judge in the water contamination settlement in Flint, Michigan, awarded less than the initial $202 million attorney fee request. Find out who is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over alleged pollutants in the Columbia River.

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Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. Photo: Austin Kirk via Wikimedia Commons

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