New Talc Jury Gives J&J Chance To Stem Tide Of Legal Blows

By Bill Wichert (December 6, 2019, 2:46 PM EST) -- Johnson & Johnson will have the rare opportunity of going before a different jury to decide punitive damages in an asbestos contamination case in New Jersey amid a series of courtroom blows across the country, but the rush of negative publicity could undercut the pharmaceutical giant's chances with the new panel.

As the company challenges a recent $8 billion punitive award over the side effects of antipsychotic drug Risperdal in Philadelphia, J&J is heading toward a punitive trial in the Garden State over claims four people developed mesothelioma from using its baby powder.

Two weeks ago, a New Jersey state judge...

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