After winning the fourth trial in talcum powder litigation, pharmaceutical giant and habitual corporate offender Johnson & Johnson has beefed up its defense team as it goes into Round 5 in its long-running and ongoing legal battle to avoid responsibility for consumer injuries and deaths.
Heading the J&J team is Orlando Richmond, a leading corporate defense attorney with an impressive background that includes three years as a Marine Corps judge advocate. In the plaintiff’s corner, representing ovarian cancer victim Lois Slemp of Virginia is Allen Smith, a member of the Talc Litigation Group whose track record as an advocate for victims of corporate malfeasance is equally impressive. The Slemp case, which has drawn interest across the country, is shaping up to be a battle of titans.
In his opening statement to the jury, Smith pointed out that “This case is about corporate profit and maintaining a corporate image over human life.” The evidence, he said,