King & Spalding Atty Faces Sanctions Bid As Talc Trial Wraps

Law360, Oakland, Calif. (June 4, 2019, 8:05 PM EDT) -- Attorneys representing a woman who claims Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive's talcum products caused her mesothelioma urged a California judge Tuesday to personally sanction a King & Spalding partner representing J&J, calling his closing arguments "an affront to the bar and an affront to this courtroom."

During a break in the trial, Patricia Schmitz's attorney, Denyse Clancy of Kazan McClain Satterley & Greenwood, argued that J&J's counsel Alexander Calfo of King & Spalding LLP repeatedly violated pretrial rulings by bringing up topics that were off-limits.

For example, she said, Calfo mentioned twice that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates cosmetic...

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