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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.

Jury awards plaintiff in case against J&J, Colgate Palmolive $12 million

By Ann Maher | Jun 12, 2019

OAKLAND - A jury has awarded a 61-year-old woman $12 million in damages in a verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Colgate Palmolive announced Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Judge grants Honeywell's motion to dismiss market-share liability claim in asbestos lawsuit

By Scott Holland | May 13, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge has dismissed part of a complaint from a man suing several companies alleging asbestos exposure led to his lung cancer.

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.

Microscope researcher says asbestos is in baby powder as relatives recount woman’s mesothelioma ordeal

By John Sammon | Apr 26, 2019

ALAMEDA (Legal Newsline) – A microscope researcher called by attorneys representing plaintiff Patricia Schmitz on Thursday said he found asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talc powder samples while Schmitz’s relatives told a jury how mesothelioma had robbed the woman of her quality of life.

Trial in Santa Monica mesothelioma case settles two days into case

By John Sammon | Mar 27, 2019

SANTA MONICA - A trial to decide if plaintiff Gail Koretoff should be awarded damages for the Jonson & Johnson baby powder she claimed was contaminated with asbestos causing her to develop mesothelioma was settled out of court on Wednesday after only two days of deliberations.

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