Koretoff v. Johnson & Johnson
1st mid-trial settlement in a cosmetic talc/mesothelioma case
Plaintiff counsel: Jeffrey Simon (pictured), Stuart Purdy, Marissa Langhoff (Simon Greenstone Panatier PC)
Defense counsel: Mel Bailey, Peter Strotz (King & Spalding)
Link to video of the full trial:
Why it made the list:
Since cosmetic talc cases began going to trial regularly in 2016, Johnson & Johnson adopted an aggressive trial strategy of defending claims all the way to a verdict and beyond. This netted the company a number of defense verdicts and appellate wins, but also resulted in numerous headline-grabbing plaintiff verdicts that helped balloon the nationwide caseload of talc claims.
This trial in Los Angeles last March marked the first time J&J elected to settle a talc case mid-trial. The judge announced the confidential settlement to the jury after opening statements and two days of witness testimony.
A small handful of public settlements in talc cases followed, but J&J characterized each agreement as one-off specific to that individual case and not a part of any broader settlement strategy to resolve the thousands of talc cases still pending.
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