J&J Fights Bid For Punitive Damages In Asbestos Talc Case

Law360 (April 10, 2018, 10:23 PM EDT) -- Counsel for Johnson & Johnson urged a New Jersey state jury Tuesday not to award punitive damages over claims the pharmaceutical giant sold asbestos-containing talcum powder that contributed to a man’s developing mesothelioma, saying there was no “smoking gun” evidence that company officials recklessly sold products they knew would likely cause harm.

Five days after the jury hit J&J and its talc supplier with a $37 million verdict in compensatory damages, defense counsel cited extensive testing by the company and the information it gathered from other...
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