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OffbeatJ&J CEO Must Face Questioning Over Baby Powder Statements

00:42  01 november  2018
00:42  01 november  2018 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Johnson & Johnson and a talc mining company must pay at least million to an investment banker who blamed Panel will consider whether J & J , Imerys face punitive damages. The verdict is the first time a jury has backed a consumer’s claims that the company’s baby powder causes mesothelioma

J & J said that its widely-used baby powder never contained asbestos, a known carcinogen linked to mesothelioma. The case marked the first time a drugstore was involved in a talcum powder liability trial and a lawyer for the In opening statements , a lawyer for the family of Bertila Boyd-Bostic, who

(Bloomberg) -- Alex Gorsky defended the safety of Johnson & Johnson baby powder just days after a jury hit the company he heads with a $4.69 billion asbestos verdict. Now, J&J’s chief executive officer will have to defend his claims to a veteran plaintiffs’ lawyer.

A Missouri judge ordered Gorsky to submit to questioning by lawyer Mark Lanier about the basis for his public statements that the iconic talc-based powder is free of asbestos and doesn’t pose a cancer threat. On a call with analysts July 17, Gorsky said J&J officials are “confident that our products do not contain asbestos and do not cause ovarian cancer.”

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"As you know our baby powder is a trusted product that we have sold to families for over 100 years, and Johnson & Johnson is deeply disappointed in this verdict," Gorsky said during the earnings call. "We remain confident that our products do not contain asbestos and do not cause ovarian cancer.

More from Reuters * Social media users concerned over J & J talc powder after verdict. Fox, who lived in Birmingham, Alabama, claimed she used Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years before being diagnosed three years ago with ovarian cancer.

Lanier wants to find out what Gorsky knows about “the science of talc safety” and how the company decided to market the product, according to the Oct. 29 order, which was made public Wednesday. He plans to use the information in a future trial over the safety of the product. Lanier was one of the lawyers who persuaded the St. Louis jury to hand down the sixth-largest product-defect verdict in U.S. history on July 12 in favor of 22 women.

Bart Williams, a lawyer for J&J, said the request was intended as nothing more than harassment of the company’s top executive.

“Mr. Gorsky has no unique information about the testing or manufacturing of baby powder,” Williams said in an interview. “All the information he has is relayed to him by others in the company.”

J&J faces another multi-plaintiff case is St. Louis in January focused on whether baby powder causes cancer, according to court filings. Lanier is slated to try another talc case in that same court in April.

The case is Young v. Johnson & Johnson, 15522-CC09728-02, Division No. 10, Missouri Circuit Court, Twenty Second Judicial Circuit (St. Louis).

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