Biologist Found J&J Talc In Dying Woman's Tissue, Jury Hears

Law360, Oakland, Calif. (January 14, 2019, 8:16 PM EST) -- A cell biologist took the stand Monday in a California jury trial over allegations that Johnson & Johnson talcum-made baby powder contained asbestos that caused a dying woman’s cancer, testifying that the woman's lung tissue contains talc, which he believes came from J&J's products.

During the fourth day of a jury trial in Oakland, California, cell biologist and retired academic Ronald F. Dodson said he found talc in plaintiff Teresa E. Leavitt’s lung tissue. He said based on Leavitt’s sworn statements attesting to her once-daily use of J&J baby powder, it makes sense that she would have talc from J&J's products...

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