J&J Talc Victim At Death's Door Opens Damages Trial

By Jeannie O'Sullivan (January 14, 2020, 10:28 PM EST) -- Mesothelioma patients who already won $37 million in compensatory damages over claims Johnson & Johnson talcum powder caused their disease pushed a New Jersey jury for punitive damages on top of the award, as they presented a patient preparing for his death as their first witness Tuesday.

During the launch of a punitive damages trial in New Brunswick, attorneys for the patients told the jury Johnson & Johnson knew their product was tainted with asbestos but continued to sell it to the public. As they had in the compensatory damages phase of the trial, they pointed to internal memos by company executives...

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