Another Talc Cancer Jury Finds Against J&J As Claimants Line Up
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
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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