J&J Talc Supplier Challenges Evidence In $117M Verdicts

Law360 (May 23, 2018, 10:01 PM EDT) -- Attorneys sparred Wednesday in New Jersey state court over a defense bid to toss verdicts totaling $117 million in damages against Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America Inc., on the grounds that a man's decades-long exposure to the pharmaceutical giant's asbestos-containing talcum powder contributed to his mesothelioma.

In urging the court to set aside a $37 million in compensatory damages and a combined $80 million in punitive damages awarded to Stephen Lanzo III and his wife, Imerys attorney John C. McMeekin II of Rawle & Henderson LLP said there is no evidence that talc from the business...

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