J&J CEO Must Take Stand At NJ Talc Asbestos Trial

Law360, New Brunswick, N.J. (January 13, 2020, 10:36 PM EST) -- Johnson & Johnson's chief executive must take the stand at a New Jersey state trial to decide punitive damages after the pharmaceutical giant was hit with a combined $37.3 million compensatory damages verdict over claims four people developed mesothelioma from using its baby powder, a judge ruled Monday.

With opening statements set for Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Ana C. Viscomi denied the company's motion to quash a plaintiffs' subpoena for the trial testimony of Alex Gorsky, J&J's chairman and CEO, regarding his public statements about the safety of the baby powder.

The judge found that Gorsky's statements indicate he has personal...

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