Rio Tinto Unit Tells Jury It Never Supplied J&J's Talc

Law360 (December 3, 2019, 8:35 PM EST) -- An attorney for Rio Tinto Minerals told a California state jury Tuesday that it never supplied talc to Johnson & Johnson and that a woman alleging that talc contains asbestos and gave her cancer was confusing this Rio Tinto entity with other companies that may have used the Rio Tinto branding.

Plaintiffs Linda and Mark O'Hagan are alleging in the Oakland trial that Linda O'Hagan's mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs, was caused by asbestos in J&J baby powder.

During the second day of opening statements, Rio Tinto Minerals Inc. attorney Deborah Smith of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard &...

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