New York — A $117m verdict against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and a supplier in favour of a man who said his asbestos-related cancer was caused by long-term use of J&J’s Baby Powder could open a new front for thousands of cases claiming the widely used product caused cancer, legal experts and plaintiffs lawyers said. J&J has been battling about 6,000 cases claiming its baby powder and Shower to Shower products cause ovarian cancer. The $117m verdict by a New Jersey jury last week, however, involved a different form of cancer that is clearly linked to asbestos. Plaintiffs lawyers’ say that internal J&J documents seen in that trial show that baby powder had been contaminated with asbestos. They now plan to use the documents in upcoming ovarian cancer trials to allege that the asbestos contamination also caused that form of cancer. J&J and Imerys Talc America, a unit of Imerys, have vowed to appeal against the New Jersey verdict and deny asbestos has ever been present in their products or...

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