J&J Seeks 2nd Defense Verdict In Latest Talcum Powder Trial, CVN To Webcast Live

Posted by David Siegel on Apr 3, 2017 11:45:25 AM

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. 

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Topics: Products Liability

Update: Jurors Hit RJR with $3M Compensatory Verdict in Cancer Trial, Parties Settle on Punitives After Juror Deadlock

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 29, 2017 9:54:50 PM


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. 

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Topics: Products Liability, tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Whitmire v. R.J. Reynolds

Trio of Tobacco Companies Accused of Responsibility for Woman's Fatal Cancer, as Trial Begins

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 24, 2017 11:21:33 AM

 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).

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Topics: Negligence, Products Liability, tobacco, Florida, Santoro v. R.J. Reynolds, et al.

Judge Holds Talcum Powder ‘Science Day’ Hearing In Preparation For First California Trial

Posted by David Siegel on Mar 8, 2017 6:34:36 PM

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Topics: Products Liability, Mass Torts

BREAKING: Johnson & Johnson Cleared in Talcum Powder-Cancer Trial

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Mar 3, 2017 7:43:48 PM


 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.

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Topics: Products Liability, Missouri, Swann v. Johnson & Johnson