Is Talc The New Tobacco? $200M J&J Verdicts Show Potential

By Brandon Lowrey (October 28, 2016, 9:49 PM EDT) -- Women alleging Johnson & Johnson's talc baby powder caused their ovarian cancer have racked up a trio of trial victories in St. Louis totaling $200 million, with their attorneys drawing parallels between J&J's conduct and that of defendants in long-running tobacco and asbestos litigation.

But while the wins in Missouri state court hint at the possibility of thousands of big cases emerging against J&J and its talc supplier, a judge in New Jersey said the scientific link between talc and ovarian cancer wasn't strong enough, and blocked similar cases from even making it to trial. In both states, the cases are headed...

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