J&J Targeted Minorities With Deadly Talc, Jury Told

By Daniel Siegal (June 9, 2017, 9:52 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson boosted talcum powder sales by targeting African-American women, who face a higher cancer risk from talc use, counsel for three women who died of ovarian cancer after using J&J's products said during Friday opening statements in the latest Missouri jury trial over J&J's talc products.

Allen R. Smith Jr. of the Talc Litigation Group, representing the families of deceased former J&J talcum powder product users Shawn Blaes, Angela Dawn Hershman and Eron Evans, began his opening statement by telling the jury that "this is not an ordinary case."

Smith said that J&J had put its corporate image "over...

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