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St. Louis City Jury Again Awards Multimillion Dollar Talc Verdict


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A St. Louis City jury has awarded more than $70 million in damages to a Modesto, California woman who claimed her ovarian cancer was caused by using talcum powder made by Johnson & Johnson.  After a month long trial and only three hours of deliberation, the jury awarded Plaintiff Deborah Giannecchini the following damages: $575,000 in economic damages $2,000,000 in non-economic damages $65,000,000 in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson $2,500,000 in punitive damages against Imerys (supplier of talc) At trial, Plaintiff Deborah Giannecchini, age 62, testified that she used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for feminine hygiene for more

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    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.

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    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.


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    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.

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