J&J Must Pay $29M For Selling Talc With Asbestos, Jury Told

Law360 (September 13, 2018, 10:24 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier should pay $29.2 million plus punitive damages for knowingly selling talcum powder contaminated with asbestos, counsel for a woman with mesothelioma told a California jury during Thursday closing arguments, while J&J countered the woman’s case was based on “data conjured” by paid experts, not actual science.

Near the end of the Pasadena, California, trial’s fourth week, Jay Stuemke of Simon Greenstone Panatier PC, representing plaintiff Carolyn Weirick, who has mesothelioma, and her wife Elvira Escudero, echoed for the jury what he said in his opening statement — that the case was about trust, and...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS