Litigation In Brief: J&J Defending Talc Again In St. Louis Court; P&G Old Spice Suit; More
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
J&J is back in St. Louis defending its talc powder products against plaintiff claims linking them to ovarian cancer, following costly verdicts against the firm earlier this year in the same court. More litigation updates.
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J&J is ordered to pay $55m in damages to a woman who attributes her ovarian cancer to prolonged perineal use of the company's talc-based powders. The decision comes less than three months after a $72m finding against J&J in a similar case tried in the same St. Louis court, but this one may bode more ominously for the firm's prospects in a long line of related cases to come, plaintiff's counsel suggests.
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