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Asbestos Link In $4.7B J&J Verdict Adds Twist To Talc Suits

Law360 (July 19, 2018, 7:43 PM EDT) -- The first women to allege at trial that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder causes ovarian cancer won a $4.69 billion verdict last week, and experts say their novel approach could represent a new stage for the myriad suits alleging talcum powder causes cancer.

In the St. Louis trial, plaintiffs attorney Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm, representing 22 women, successfully made a potentially tricky connection between the two main types of cases that have gone to trial alleging injuries from J&J’s talcum powder.

The first cases to head to trial against J&J featured women alleging they got ovarian...

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