J&J, Expert Debate If Asbestos In Talc Is 'Urban Legend'

Law360 (September 19, 2019, 9:00 PM EDT) -- Counsel for Johnson & Johnson on Thursday questioned an electron microscopist who said he found asbestos in J&J’s talc products about his testimony years ago that asbestos in cosmetic talc is an “urban legend,” prompting the expert to say he had been “dead wrong.”

During the second week of the jury trial in Torrance, California, plaintiff Carolyn Weirick called back to the stand expert witness William Longo, a material scientist and electron microscopist who is the president of Georgia-based Materials Analytical Services.

Longo, who testified on Wednesday that his lab had found 11 instances of asbestos when looking at talc from...

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