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Fourth talc case starts in St. Louis

In this file photo, a bottle of Johnson's baby powder is displayed in San Francisco. A St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a second huge award over claims that its talcum powder causes cancer. The company was ordered Monday, May 2, 2016, to pay a multi-million dollar settlement to a South Dakota woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on years of baby powder use. AP Photo by Jeff Chiu.

Bart Williams, with California firm Proskauer Rose, gave opening statements on behalf of Johnson & Johnson, and countered that, according to numerous scientific studies, talc does not cause ovarian cancer. “Talc safety has been studied, it has been tested, it has been confirmed for decades,” he said.

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