J&J Asbestos Trial A New Front In Talc Litigation

Law360, Los Angeles (October 17, 2017, 5:30 PM EDT) -- A Johnson & Johnson user's attempt to prove the company's talcum powder is contaminated with asbestos will hinge on her ability to trace the talc she used from mine to mesothelioma, as a retrial starting this week will divert from the link between the powder and ovarian cancer to questions of whether J&J's talc came from quarries containing asbestos.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge last week cut short a trial on plaintiffs Tina and Douglas Herford's claims that J&J concealed the fact that its talcum powder products contain asbestos for nearly a century, and that these products caused Tina...

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