Litigation over the cancer risks of Johnson & Johnson’s talc powder products is heating back up after juries delivered two historic multi-million verdicts earlier this year, with trials slated for September in Missouri and October in New Jersey. Courtroom View Network hopes to webcast both trials, and as a lead up we are featuring a guest column by Dr. David Schwartz, Ph.D. of Innovative Science Solutions, breaking down some of the key scientific studies and expert testimony backing up the legal arguments in these high-stakes cases. (Become a CVN subscriber to watch previously recorded and upcoming talcum powder trials for as little as $99/month)
Topics: product liability
When given hours of evidence stretching across a long trial, jurors can become so overwhelmed they tune out potentially critical information, even in closing arguments. To counter that, Chris Panatier, of Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, employed an ingenious technique to burn verdict-turning evidence into jurors’ minds—he combined his words with the powerful visual people generally associate with a negative—red flags.
Henry Green delivers his closing argument for the Dr. Michael Vick. Jurors cleared Vick and Dr. Paul Zolty of negligence in the treatment of Kenneth Harper.
Atlanta—Jurors Thursday cleared two doctors of liability for the death of a hospital patient who went into cardiac arrest hours after being seen by the doctors for severe swelling in his neck. Harper v. Vick, 08EV005552.
Jonathan Gdanski delivers his closing argument for his client, Joseph Varner, who claims tobacco industry deception caused his wife, Virginia's, nicotine addiction and fatal cancer. Jurors awarded Varner $1.5 million Tuesday.
Fort Lauderdale, FL—A Florida jury Tuesday found nicotine addiction and Philip Morris cigarettes caused a 40-year smoker's fatal cancer and awarded her widower $1.5 million in compensatory damages. But, it rejected any punitive payout and cleared R.J. Reynolds of liability. Varner v. R.J. Reynolds.