On March 1, a Chicago jury returned a complete defense verdict for a talc-powder product manufacturer following a four-week jury trial. After less than two hours of deliberations, over lunch, the jury unanimously rejected plaintiff’s claims of asbestos contamination in the talc, finding that MG+M’s client had not acted negligently in its manufacture or design of its talc products, nor did the company have any reason to place a warning on those products. This is the second unanimous talc trial defense verdict for both that company and MG+M.
This trial is the first cosmetic talc trial to proceed to verdict in Chicago and marks a significant win for companies dealing with highly-publicized trial lawyer–driven allegations in talc litigation.
The defendant company was represented by MG+M The Law Firm Partners Chris Massenburg, Lindsay Weiss, and Haley Hansen, and Senior Associate Amanda Deto-Sloan. Further invaluable trial support was provided by MG+M team members Chris McHale, Abby Corbly and Chris Baughman.