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Following Landmark $750 Million Award in Talc Lawsuit, New Punitive Damages Trial Sought by Johnson & Johnson

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A New Jersey jury handed down a historic $750 million punitive damages verdict in a suit alleging Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused four people to develop mesothelioma. Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson now hopes for a new trial or reduced verdict.

C/P/R shareholder, Chris Placitella, served as co-lead Counsel for the plaintiffs.  This case gained lots of media attention due to many factors, including the testimony of Johnson & Johnson CEO, Alex Gorsky, in addition to the historically high verdict handed down by the jury.  On April 22, 2020, Charles Toutant of the New Jersey Law Journal reported, “Johnson & Johnson takes issue with the subpoena of its chief executive, Alex Gorsky, at trial and said jurors were exposed to inflammatory and inadmissible evidence that yielded an award that ‘breaches the outer limit of constitutional propriety.’”  To read the article in its entirety, click here.

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