J&J Wins Toss Of $417M Talc Cancer Verdict In Calif.

Law360, New York (October 21, 2017, 12:57 AM EDT) -- A California judge on Friday tossed a jury award of $417 million from Johnson & Johnson to a woman who claimed the company's baby powder gave her ovarian cancer, finding the plaintiff relied on speculative expert testimony that failed to link talcum powder to cancer.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren E. Nelson said that plaintiff Eva Echeverria, who died after the August trial according to the Associated Press, failed to connect J&J’s actions to those of its subsidiary, which made and marketed the talc powder in question. J&J itself had stopped making the powder before the first studies pointed to...

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