In the battle between Johnson & Johnson and plaintiffs’ lawyers over alleged dangers in its signature [ Johnson & Johnson baby powder ], juries cut both ways last week.
A trial in South Carolina over whether Johnson’s Baby Powder caused a young woman’s mesothelioma ended in a hung jury Friday, days after a California jury awarded a woman $25.75 million in a similar case.
Johnson & Johnson has lost two of four trials since November claiming inhalation of its talcum-based baby powder is to blame for plaintiffs’ mesothelioma, the deadly cancer tied to asbestos exposure.
The mesothelioma cases represent a growing share of the more than 9,000 claims Johnson & Johnson faces over its talcum powder. Most allege the powder caused ovarian cancer in women who regularly used the product for feminine hygiene.
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