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Jury box

Jurors were shocked and on the verge of tears after a state judge in Georgia declared a mistrial nearly a month into a trial on whether Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused a woman’s ovarian cancer.

Fulton County State Court Judge Jane Morrison scrapped the trial on Oct. 8 and sent the jury home after the foreperson said they were hopelessly deadlocked, with 10 voting in favor of the daughter and estate of Diane Brower, and two voting for J&J.

Speaking upon condition of anonymity, three jurors—jurors 1, 3 and 6—recalled that the initial vote was five for the plaintiffs, four for the defense and three undecided. It eventually came down to one member, the foreperson, adamantly in favor of the defense, and another member who “vacillated” before once again siding with J&J.

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Greg Land

Greg Land covers topics including verdicts and settlements and insurance-related litigation for the Daily Report in Atlanta.

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