The retrial of a lawsuit claiming asbestos supposedly present in Johnson & Johnson’s cosmetic talc products caused a 30-year-old attorney to develop mesothelioma begins [November 5, 2018] in South Carolina state court, and the full trial will be webcast live and on demand by Courtroom View Network.
A hung jury last May caused an initial mistrial in the case, which was also recorded by CVN.
Bertila Boyd-Bostic sued Johnson & Johnson after developing a rare kind of mesothelioma affecting the lining of the heart in 2017. Bostic died with her lawsuit pending, and her husband continued the case, alleging that his late wife inhaled asbestos supposedly present in popular cosmetic talc products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.
J&J denies their talc products ever contained asbestos, and claim plaintiff claims to the contrary are based on faulty “attorney-driven” science.
The original trial included J&J’s talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, in addition to Rite Aid, where Boyd-Bostic supposedly purchased the talc products she used. Jurors in May did clear Rite Aid of any liability for Bostic’s death, and Imerys has since resolved their claims, so only J&J will remain as a defendant when opening statements take place on Monday.
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