J&J, Colgate's Talc Cancer Link 'Makes Sense,' Jury Told

Law360 (April 24, 2019, 9:59 PM EDT) -- An epidemiologist hired by a dying woman who contends that Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive's talcum products contained cancer-causing asbestos told a California jury on Wednesday it "makes sense" that asbestos exposure in the woman's teens would cause her mesothelioma decades later.

Dr. Allan H. Smith, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said that when he is trying to determine the cause of mesothelioma, he typically looks back 30 to 40 years because that's how long it takes for cancer to develop from asbestos exposure.

The delay between the asbestos exposure and diagnosis is called a latency period, he...

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