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Opening Statements Begin in J&J’s Latest Talc Trial

Opening statements have begun in Johnson & Johnson’s latest trial involving its now-notorious talc powder products. More than a dozen talc cases are scheduled for 2019. Terry Leavitt filed the lawsuit in Alameda Superior Court in Oakland, California. In his opening statements, Leavitt’s attorney accused Johnson & Johnson of purposely selling a product that contains asbestos, a product known to cause cancer.

J&J is facing more than 11,000 lawsuits over the product.

“Our talc is safe and does not contain asbestos. For decades, Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder has repeatedly been tested and been found not to contain asbestos,” the company said in response to a request for comment on Monday.

Read the full story at Reuters.