Talc Product Verdict Could Spur Talc-Free Powder Market Growth
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
J&J works to assure consumers of talc safety following a jury verdict ordering it to pay $72m in damages to the family of a woman who attributed her ovarian cancer to perineal use of the company's baby and body powders. Around 1,200 similar cases are pending against the firm in Missouri and New Jersey courts.
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The $55m 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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