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Jury Returns a $55 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson in Second St. Louis City Cosmetic Talc Trial


Kyler H. Stevens

On Monday evening, May 2, 2016, following a three-week trial and two days of deliberation, a St. Louis City jury returned a verdict against Johnson & Johnson for $55 million to a South Dakota woman who claimed her use of the company’s talc products caused her to develop ovarian cancer. The jury awarded plaintiff, Gloria Ristesund, $5 million in actual damages and $50 million in punitive damages. The jury returned a verdict in favor of defendant Imerys Talc America, Inc. During the trial, Ms. Ristesund testified that for decades she used Johnson & Johnson talc products, including Baby Powder and Shower to

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Kurowski Shultz to Launch Corporate and Internal Investigations & Compliance Practice Area


Kurowski Shultz LLC

Kurowski Shultz LLC today announced the launch of its newest nationwide practice area: Corporate and Internal Investigations & Compliance.   Led by associates Jon Allard, Jr., a veteran Illinois prosecutor who recently joined the firm, and Daniel B. Rousseau, former trial attorney for the St. Louis City Public Defender’s Office, the new area consolidates the firm’s, Allard’s and Rousseau’s decades of experience in order to more quickly bring the firm’s expertise and insights to clients. Past investigations performed by the firm include: fraud investigation for a regional bank, sexual misconduct and disciplinary investigations for educational institutions, insurance and litigation fraud

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  • Editor


    Candice Kusmer enjoys working with several of Kurowski Shultz’s major clients, oversees the firm’s asbestos docket in Central Illinois and handles high-level matters in Madison County. An accomplished writer, she has a passion for writing and leads the firm’s Appellate Practice.

  • Contributors


    Mr. Dibler has been with Kurowski Shultz since 2002 and is responsible for the firm's substantial St. Louis City and Cook County (Chicago) asbestos dockets. He is one of few defense counsel who have taken verdicts in the challenging defense environment of St. Louis City.


    Justin Reinhardt joined Kurowski Shultz in July 2015. He concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation and toxic tort defense. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri. He is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.


    Kyler Stevens has been with Kurowski Shultz since October 2012 and has focused his practice on complex civil litigation, protecting the interests of large and small businesses alike. Mr. Stevens is also active in the defense of schools and municipal corporations in various civil matters.

  • Alexander J. Baker

    Alexander J. Baker joined Kurowski Shultz in 2012. His practice area concentrates on complex civil litigation including the defense of toxic tort and personal injury lawsuits. Mr. Baker also recently tried to verdict a Southern District of Illinois pro bono case regarding First Amendment rights and violations of the Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection under the US Constitution. He is an active member of the St. Clair County and the Illinois State Bar Association.

  • Joshua N. Severit

    Joshua N. Severit, joined Kurowski Shultz in July 2016. Mr. Severit specializes in toxic tort and personal injury. He is a member of the Illinois State and Madison County Bar Associations and is licensed to practice law in Illinois.