Talc Talk: 1 Of These Verdicts Is Not Like The Others

Law360, New York (June 1, 2017, 1:12 PM EDT) -- Recently, a jury awarded a fourth verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a series of cases by plaintiffs alleging that using talc caused ovarian cancer.

Since 2009, more than 2,000 cases have been filed against J&J, mostly in Missouri, New Jersey and California. Missouri has seen five trials. While four of the five trials resulted in plaintiffs’ verdicts, the fourth resulted in a defense verdict.

So why have the cases gone the way they have? A closer look at each of the five trials points to some possible reasons.

What’s Happened in Missouri?

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