J&J Attacks Cosmetics Expert In Baby Powder Cancer Trial

Law360, Los Angeles (October 6, 2016, 9:19 PM EDT) -- A Johnson & Johnson attorney on Thursday grilled an expert witness who had testified earlier that the company should have warned consumers decades ago about a purported link between talc powder and ovarian cancer, suggesting the witness was being paid $1,000 an hour to give biased testimony.

David E. Dukes of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP elicited testimony that plaintiff Deborah Giannecchini, who alleges J&J and its talc supplier are liable for her ovarian cancer, retained the expert for $500 an hour — or $1,000 when he's testifying. The expert, David C. Steinberg, runs the cosmetic and topical over-the-counter drug compliance...

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