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Jury finds J&J and Colgate-Palmolive liable for $12 million in woman’s mesothelioma suit

By John Sammon | Jun 12, 2019

OAKLAND – A jury on Wednesday awarded plaintiff Patricia Schmitz $12 million in damages agreeing that Johnson & Johnson baby powder and a face powder product from Colgate-Palmolive called Cashmere Bouquet contaminated with asbestos had caused her mesothelioma.

Closing arguments heard in Schmitz mesothelioma trial, J&J lawyers argue disease was spontaneous

By John Sammon | Jun 4, 2019

OAKLAND – Closing arguments were heard Monday in a trial over allegations that Johnson & Johnson baby powder and a face powder product called Cashmere Bouquet produced by Colgate-Palmolive caused a woman’s mesothelioma.

Plaintiff lawyer casts mineralogist witness for Johnson & Johnson as talc industry mouthpiece

By John Sammon | May 31, 2019

OAKLAND – Plaintiff attorneys on Wednesday sought to portray a mineralogist expert witness for Johnson & Johnson as a paid professional hireling of the talc industry in a trial of a case alleging the company’s baby powder caused a woman’s mesothelioma.

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J&J top corporate rep grilled in Oklahoma opioid trial - state focuses on 'Norman' poppy strain

By John Sammon | May 30, 2019

NORMAN (Legal Newsline) – A corporate spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson and its drug subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals on Thursday faced questioning by lawyers for the State of Oklahoma who attempted to link the company’s quest for profits to an opioid epidemic in the state.

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Father recounts loss of son in Oklahoma Johnson & Johnson opioid trial

By John Sammon | May 30, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – Fighting back tears, a father who lost his son to an opioid overdose recounted the nightmare during testimony in a trial alleging that Johnson & Johnson flooded the state with addictive drugs for profit.

Mineralogist called by defendants in Schmitz trial says no asbestos in J&J baby powder

By John Sammon | May 29, 2019

OAKLAND – A mineralogist called by attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson said on Tuesday there was no asbestos found in the baby powder he tested from talc mines in Italy and Vermont.

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Opening remarks in opioid case against Johnson & Johnson alleges greed created drug epidemic

By John Sammon | May 28, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – Opening arguments began Tuesday in a first-ever trial in attempt to hold drug manufacturers accountable for an opioid over-dose crisis, accusing Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary company Janssen Pharmaceuticals of providing medications for profit that destroyed thousands of lives.

Discussion over cleavage fragments repeats in J&J, Colgate-Palmolive powder trial

By John Sammon | May 24, 2019

OAKLAND – A trial over allegations that Johnson & Johnson baby powder and a face powder product from Colgate-Palmolive called Cashmere Bouquet caused a woman’s mesothelioma returned again on Thursday to the issue of cleavage fragments and whether they are toxic or not.

Johnson & Johnson witness says he did not act not 'ruthless' regarding talc powder

By John Sammon | May 23, 2019

OAKLAND – A top witness for Johnson & Johnson in a trial in which the company is accused of causing a woman’s mesothelioma along with Colgate-Palmolive on Wednesday denied the company had behaved badly in defending the use of talc powder.

Pulmonologist says woman’s mesothelioma spontaneous not from baby powder

By John Sammon | May 20, 2019

ALAMEDA – In a trial accusing Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive of causing Patricia Schmitz’s mesothelioma a New Orleans-based pulmonologist on Monday said the woman’s disease was spontaneous and not a result of using baby powder.

Researcher says cleavage fragments don’t cause cancer in J&J talc trial

By John Sammon | May 16, 2019

ALAMEDA – A cellular biologist and lung disease researcher on Thursday told a jury in a trial accusing Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive of causing a woman’s mesothelioma that cleavage fragments are not a cause of the deadly disease.

Industrial hygienist says talc powder low risk while plaintiff attorney differs in J&J trial

By John Sammon | May 15, 2019

ALAMEDA – An industrial hygienist called as a witness for attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson and Colegate-Palmolive on Wednesday told a jury Patricia Schmitz’s exposure to asbestos was no more than background level.

Plaintiff attorneys question motives of defendants' expert in Johnson & Johnson trial

By John Sammon | May 15, 2019

ALAMEDA – Attorneys for plaintiff Patricia Schmitz on Tuesday went after an epidemiologist expert witness for Johnson & Johnson and Colegate-Palmolive questioning his fairness in declaring that asbestos did not cause the woman’s mesothelioma.

Defense makes case for spontaneous illness in Johnson & Johnson mesothelioma trial

By John Sammon | May 13, 2019

ALAMEDA – Attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive on Monday called as an expert witness an epidemiologist who said Patricia Schmitz’s mesothelioma was a spontaneous event caused for no known reason, and not a result of using baby powder.

Defense grills plaintiff witness about objectivity in Johnson & Johnson Colgate-Palmolive trial

By John Sammon | May 8, 2019

OAKLAND – Attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive on Wednesday questioned a plaintiff expert witness in an attempt to portray him not only as a highly paid mouthpiece for plaintiffs in asbestos trials. They also contended Dr. David Egilman served as a consultant who was paid by companies that used asbestos in their products and then criticized them for using the mineral.

Plaintiff recounts ordeal with mesothelioma in Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive trial

By John Sammon | May 8, 2019

OAKLAND – Plaintiff Patricia Schmitz on Monday told a jury about the suffering that goes with having mesothelioma, but said she would keep fighting the disease that has robbed her of the ability to do the most simple of tasks.

Johnson & Johnson attorneys claim conflict of interest in baby powder testing

By John Sammon | May 7, 2019

NEW YORK – Attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson in a New York talc powder trial alleging asbestos contamination said a plaintiff expert witness who found the highest concentrations of asbestos in three baby powder bottles was provided with testing samples from the father of a plaintiff attorney---a potential conflict of interest they contend.

Lung specialist describes plaintiff’s ordeal in J&J mesothelioma trial; Defense pokes hole in testimony

By John Sammon | May 3, 2019

OAKLAND – A physician lung specialist called as an expert witness by plaintiff attorneys on Thursday described for a jury the nightmare faced by plaintiff Patricia Schmitz as she goes through the progressively painful stages of mesothelioma, while defendant attorneys said the testimony was based on assumptions.

Defense attorneys say star plaintiff witness flip-flopped opinion in testing lab in J&J trial

By John Sammon | May 2, 2019

ALAMEDA – Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson and Colegate-Palmolive on Wednesday attempted to poke holes in the testimony of a star expert witness called by plaintiff attorneys, saying Dr. William Longo flip-flopped on his opinion of a testing lab used by the talc powder makers.

Microscope researcher says asbestos found in both Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive products

By John Sammon | May 1, 2019

ALAMEDA (Legal Newsline) – A microscope researcher on Tuesday told a jury his lab had found asbestos in both Johnson & Johnson baby powder and a face powder product for adults called Cashmere Bouquet produced by Colegate-Palmolive.

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