J&J, Imerys Beat $117M Talc Verdicts Over Flawed Testimony

By Bill Wichert (April 28, 2021, 5:17 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America on Wednesday wiped away verdicts totaling $117 million in damages over claims J&J's talcum powder products contained asbestos and caused a man's mesothelioma, after a New Jersey appeals court found that his experts' improper testimony warranted new trials.

Slightly more than three years after jurors sided with Stephen Lanzo III and his wife, a three-judge appellate panel nixed the verdicts and ordered new trials after concluding that Superior Court Judge Ana C. Viscomi was wrong to allow James Webber and Dr. Jacqueline Moline to testify during the trial that non-asbestiform minerals could cause mesothelioma....

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