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November 16, 2017

K&S Team Wins at Trial in Johnson & Johnson’s First Talc/Mesothelioma Case to Go to Verdict

King & Spalding secured a defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in its first talc/mesothelioma case to go to verdict in the country.  Bringing suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, Plaintiff Tina Herford claimed she developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to alleged asbestos-contaminated talcum powder products, including Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder. On November 16, 2017—after a two-month long trial (and one mistrial)—the jury returned a defense verdict in favor of Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, Inc., finding the companies had not acted negligently and their products contained no manufacturing, design, or warning defects.  On November 17, 2017, just one day after the Herford defense verdict, the team obtained yet another victory for Johnson & Johnson.  After extensive briefing and oral argument, the Court granted Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.’s motion for summary judgment in what would have been the company’s fourth talc/mesothelioma case to go to trial.