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[$$] Juries Weigh Cases Over Alleged Harms of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder

In the battle between Johnson & Johnson and plaintiffs’ lawyers over alleged dangers in its signature baby powder, juries cut both ways last week. A trial in South Carolina over whether Johnson’s Baby Powder caused a young woman’s mesothelioma ended in a hung jury Friday, days after a California jury awarded a woman $25.75 million in a similar case. Johnson & Johnson has lost two of four trials since November claiming inhalation of its talcum-based baby powder is to blame for plaintiffs’ mesothelioma, the deadly cancer tied to asbestos exposure.