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J&J Didn't Warn Of Talc's Baby Asphyxiation Risks, Jury Told

Law360, Oakland, Calif. (January 24, 2019, 8:34 PM EST) -- An epidemiologist testified during a California jury trial Thursday that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that talcum in its baby powder products could asphyxiate babies and contain asbestos, but the company failed to warn consumers about those risks and continued to advertise talc products as “pure.”

Over multiple objections, Dr. David S. Egilman told jurors that inhaling talc can cause the pulmonary disease talcosis and possibly asphyxiate babies, which he said is a risk that has been known since 1922. Egilman said despite knowing of these risks, J&J never warned consumers, even in the 1970s and 1980s, when J&J saw...

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