J&J, Talc Supplier Not Liable For Woman's Asbestos Illness

Law360, Los Angeles (November 16, 2017, 1:36 PM EST) -- A California jury on Thursday cleared Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier of any liability for a woman's terminal mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer, holding that there was no evidence that the companies' talcum powder was unsafe.

After roughly two days of deliberations following the almost four-week trial, the jury in Pasadena returned with a verdict for J&J and its co-defendant, Imerys Talc America Inc. The jury rejected the allegations by the plaintiffs, Tina Herford and Doug Herford, that Imerys had supplied and that J&J had sold talc containing asbestos, and that Tina Herford's illness could be attributed to her use of...

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