J&J's Talcum Trial Losses Create Litigation Powder Keg

By Brandon Lowrey (May 4, 2016, 6:03 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson suffered serious defeats totaling $127 million in the first two trials in St. Louis over the alleged link between its talcum baby powder and ovarian cancer, and while J&J is appealing both verdicts, it still faces thousands of similar suits from consumers emboldened by headline-grabbing awards.

The corporation has said it will appeal both verdicts — Monday's $55 million award and a $72 million award from February. Two more trials are slated for September in New Jersey and St. Louis and as of a month ago, upward of 1,200 similar lawsuits had been filed.

While the pair of...

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