The firm's founder secured a $4.7bn ruling against Johnson & Johnson in the US

A leading US lawyer who won a landmark $4.7bn ruling against Johnson & Johnson in the US over claims its talcum powder caused cancer has launched a group action to compensate victims in the UK.

Mark Lanier is one of the founding partners of Lanier, Longstaff, Hedar & Roberts LLP, set up to target corporate wrongdoing that has harmed people on a large scale. 

With an estimated 41,000 people with ovarian cancer in the UK and a further 2,700 diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, the lawyers believe there may be thousands of victims who can trace their asbestos exposure back to using talc from a variety of manufacturers.

Lanier, Longstaff, Hedar & Roberts argue the pharmaceutical giants have known for deca...

Suzanne Townley
News Editor
Solicitors Journal

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