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Ex-J&J Safety Exec Warned Against Speechifying In Talc Trial

Law360, Oakland, Calif. (May 21, 2019, 8:04 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Tuesday sustained multiple objections to testimony from Johnson & Johnson’s former head of product safety during a trial over claims J&J's baby powder contained cancer-causing asbestos, saying repeatedly he's not an expert and warning "you can't make speeches here."

Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch refused to let toxicologist John Hopkins offer his opinion on multiple topics, including whether J&J sold baby powder with asbestos, when J&J began selling talc products and the reliability of the so-called J 4-1 standard, a method used to test for asbestos. The judge said Hopkins is not an expert witness and...

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