J&J Says Talc-Cancer Link 'Fiction' At 22-Woman Trial's Close

Law360 (July 11, 2018, 11:16 PM EDT) -- Mark Lanier, representing 22 women who allege Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder gave them cancer, told a St. Louis jury during Wednesday closing arguments to place themselves in an episode of “CSI: St. Louis” and bring the company to justice, and J&J’s counsel praised Lanier's storytelling, but said “some stories are just fiction.”

During the sixth week of the trial in St. Louis Circuit Court, Lanier, of Lanier Law Firm, gave a closing argument that, like his opening statement, was filled with colorful metaphors and accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations that were projected for the jury, including ones of driving down the...

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