FIRST OF MANY TALC CASES

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFESTYLE -

A CAL­I­FOR­NIA jury this week heard open­ing state­ments in the lat­est trial over al­le­ga­tions that John­son & John­son’s talc-based prod­ucts, in­clud­ing the com­pany’s baby pow­der, were con­tam­i­nated with as­bestos and cause can­cer.

The law­suit, brought by Terry Leav­itt in Alameda Su­pe­rior Court in Oak­land, is the first of more than a dozen J&J talc cases sched­uled for trial this year. The com­pany is fac­ing around 11700 law­suits over the safety of talc in its prod­ucts.

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