St. Louis — The next trial in Missouri state court over the alleged cancer risks from Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder-based personal hygiene products begins next week, as the company hopes to follow up on its first defense verdict in a rapidly expanding batch of similar cases.
Topics: Products Liability
Gary Paige delivers his closing argument against R.J. Reynolds, accused of responsibility for the lung cancer death of Evelyn Whitmire, 46, who smoked for more than 25 years. Jurors awarded Whitmire's husband $3 million in compensatory damages.
Update 4/3/17: Parties announced Monday that they reached a confidential settlement on punitive damages.
Tallahassee—A day after awarding $3 million in compensatory damages for the role R.J. Reynolds played in the lung cancer death of a 46-year-old smoker, Florida state court jurors Wednesday declared themselves at an impasse over punitive damages, forcing a mistrial in that phase of trial against the tobacco company. Whitmire v. R.J. Reynolds, 2015CA002337.
Lakiesha Cannon delivers her opening statement in Santoro v. R.J. Reynolds, et al.
Fort Lauderdale, FL—A woman’s hopeless addiction to cigarettes was driven by tobacco deceit that led to her fatal lung cancer, an attorney for the woman’s widower said during Tuesday's openings of a rare Florida state court trial against three of the nation’s four largest cigarette makers. Santoro v. R.J. Reynolds, et al., 2008-CV-025807(19).
Bart Williams delivers his closing argument for Johnson & Johnson.
St. Louis—Jurors cleared Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier Friday afternoon of responsibility for the ovarian cancer a woman claims was caused by years of using the consumer giant’s baby powder products. Swann v. Johnson & Johnson, 1422-CC09326-01.