Insurance Coverage Implications Of The J&J Talc Verdicts

Law360, New York (May 6, 2016, 10:05 AM EDT) -- Stephen Hoke This year the targeting of cosmetic talc defendants began in earnest. The recent verdict against Johnson & Johnson — $72 million, including $62 million of punitive damages — wasn't a surprise given the jurisdiction, but its sheer size clearly raises the stakes. That outcome and Monday's $55 million verdict against J&J in Missouri suggest there will be more cosmetic talc lawsuits and they will cost more to resolve, raising the issue of how insurers will respond.

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