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April 5, 2019

K&S Team Achieves Defense Verdict in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Trial

King & Spalding trial attorneys Bruce Hurley, Julia Romano, Heleina Formoso, Stacy Foster and Nicole Fukuoka achieved a defense verdict for client Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit alleging asbestos contamination in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products (Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower) caused the plaintiff’s mesothelioma.  The case was venued in Long Beach, California before Judge Peter J. Mirich.  In Blinkinsop v. Albertsons Companies, Inc., et al., Los Angeles County Case No. JCCP 4674 / BC677764, plaintiff Robert Blinkinsop claimed he developed pleural mesothelioma as a result of exposure to alleged asbestos-contaminated talcum powder products.  After a four-week trial, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of Johnson & Johnson, finding the company had not acted negligently and their products contained no manufacturing, design or warning defects. This case victory is significant to Johnson & Johnson, who has been vigorously defending lawsuits across the country alleging cancer from its talcum powder products.