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Missouri Farm Bureau calls verdict in Roundup case 'a mistake'

By John Sammon | Aug 20, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A spokesman for the Missouri Farm Bureau said a recent multimillion court judgment in California against Monsanto that links its Roundup herbicide to cancer in humans is a mistake that will cost farmers in the end.

Johnson & Johnson will appeal verdict in billion dollar talc judgement

By John Sammon | Jul 13, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Johnson & Johnson officials pledged to appeal a $4.69 billion court judgment against them the day after a trial in which 22 women plaintiffs won a landmark case accusing the company of causing their ovarian cancer from use of baby powder containing asbestos.

Jurors pound Johnson & Johnson with $4.69 billion judgment; Company vows to appeal

By John Sammon | Jul 12, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Jurors on July 12 handed Johnson & Johnson a body-blow, levying a total $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to 22 women who claimed its talcum powder contained asbestos that caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

J&J talc trial wraps up: Attorneys accuse each other of fake science in closing arguments

By John Sammon | Jul 12, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Attorneys for both sides claimed the other fabricated science during closing remarks on July 11 after a month-long trial in a lawsuit in which 22 women allege the baby powder they used made by Johnson & Johnson gave them ovarian cancer.

Defense witness calls Lanier evidence circumstantial in final week of J&J talc trial

By John Sammon | Jul 10, 2018

ST. LOUIS – In the final week of trial alleging Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused 22 women to develop ovarian cancer, the defense again fought back that the disease came from other causes, while the plaintiffs’ attorney said the defendants were dodging the truth.

Plaintiffs’ attorney says Johnson & Johnson took easy testing route in talc trial

By John Sammon | Jul 9, 2018

During questioning of a witness for the defense, the attorney for 22 women suing Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for the baby powder they alleged contained asbestos and gave them ovarian cancer, portrayed a company that didn’t want to find out its talc contained asbestos and used a less stringent method of testing.

Patient disclosure sparks testy exchange in J&J talc trial

By John Sammon | Jul 6, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A gynecological oncologist called by Johnson & Johnson disputed an allegation he was engaging in a conflict of interest in withholding information from some of the 22 women suing the company over its baby powder they claimed gave them ovarian cancer----by not telling them he was testifying against them in court.

Plaintiffs and defense spar over qualifications, family history issues

By John Sammon | Jul 5, 2018

ST. LOUIS – The attorney for 22 women suing Johnson & Johnson for the baby powder they said caused their ovarian cancer and a medical doctor witness for the defense traded barbs in court on July 3.

Lanier goes after J&J epidemiologist who says plaintiff asbestos findings wrong

By John Sammon | Jul 3, 2018

ST. LOUIS – The attorney for 22 women plaintiffs suing Johnson & Johnson for the baby powder they claimed gave them ovarian cancer on July 2 challenged the qualifications of a defense witness epidemiologist and accused her of leaving pertinent information out of her findings.

Plaintiff lawyer says J&J accused of altering records as scientist maintains product is asbestos free

By John Sammon | Jul 2, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Mark Lanier, the attorney for 22 women suing baby powder maker Johnson & Johnson for the talc powder they claimed gave them ovarian cancer, said a J&J scientist had been accused of altering records to quash knowledge the product contained asbestos.

Asbestos attorney says defense expert playing 'name games'; J&J witness says it's wrong to call things asbestos that are not

By John Sammon | Jun 29, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Mark Lanier, the attorney for 22 women suing baby powder maker Johnson & Johnson alleging the talc product gave them ovarian cancer, told a star witness for the defense he was engaging in a “name game,” attempting to call asbestos something else.

Findings of scientist disputed in Johnson & Johnson talc trial

By John Sammon | Jun 28, 2018

On the day that plaintiffs rested their case, an attorney for Johnson & Johnson (J&J) brought in his own expert witness seeking to undermine the testimony of 22 women in a lawsuit claiming they developed ovarian cancer from the use of asbestos-laced baby powder.

Oncologist points to asbestos as source of plaintiffs' cancer in St. Louis talc trial

By John Sammon | Jun 27, 2018

A noted oncologist told a jury in the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri on June 26 that the female plaintiffs who are suing Baby Powder maker Johnson & Johnson for ovarian cancer they allegedly contracted from using the product got the disease from exposure to asbestos.

Expert witness discusses link to asbestos in ovarian cancer in Johnson & Johnson talc trial

By John Sammon | Jun 26, 2018

ST. LOUIS – An expert witness called by the lawyer for 22 women suing baby powder maker Johnson & Johnson in the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri for allegedly causing their ovarian cancer agreed on June 25 that asbestos can cause the disease.

Women stricken with cancer testify in talc powder trial

By John Sammon | Jun 22, 2018

ST. LOUIS -- The testimony of women alleging that baby powder produced by Johnson & Johnson and the asbestos it allegedly contained caused their ovarian cancer continued June 18, including a woman who said the diagnosis had dashed her hopes of giving birth.

Plaintiffs wrap up testimony in Johnson & Johnson baby powder trial

By John Sammon | Jun 22, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Defense attorneys representing Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit accusing the company of producing asbestos-laced baby powder that gave 22 women ovarian cancer sought once again to show that the women had prior family histories of cancer---unrelated to talc powder use.

Plaintiffs’ lawyer raises specter of 'chemo brain' at Johnson& Johnson talc trial

By John Sammon | Jun 21, 2018

ST. LOUIS – The lawyer for 22 women suing Johnson & Johnson for the baby powder they alleged gave them ovarian cancer noted a side effect from treatments to fight the disease he called “chemo brain,” or the forgetfulness that comes after chemotherapy treatments.

Lawyers debate talc damage as women share stories in J&J trial

By John Sammon | Jun 15, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A witness for plaintiffs claiming their use of talcum powder caused ovarian cancer told jurors that a preponderance of studies showed that baby powder sold by medical and cosmetics giant Johnson and Johnson contained cancer-causing asbestos.

Attorneys in Johnson & Johnson talc trial under way differ over test results

By John Sammon | Jun 15, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Attorneys sparred over pathology slides at trial on June 13 in which baby powder maker Johnson & Johnson is accused of selling product that caused 22 women to develop ovarian cancer.

Plaintiffs contend J&J withheld funding info to mislead from asbestos danger

By John Sammon | Jun 14, 2018

ST. LOUIS – The plaintiffs in a trial alleging that baby powder maker Johnson & Johnson sold talc products containing asbestos causing women to develop ovarian cancer, contended the company funded a pro-company research paper but did not identify its funding source - to mislead the public.

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