NJ jury to decide whether J&J talc caused man’s mesothelioma

5 Apr 2018 by under Legal

640px Talc mutnikSVK01 100x100 NJ jury to decide whether J&J talc caused mans mesotheliomaA New Jersey jury has been charged with determining whether Johnson & Johnson hid evidence that its talcum powder products contained asbestos by using tests that it knew were too weak to detect the cancer-causing mineral, in a case brought by a man who claims regular use of the consumer health care company’s talc products caused him to develop .

Stephen Lanzo III claimed that he used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing products – like Johnson’s Baby Powder – for about four decades, never knowing that the powder contained . is a fibrous mineral that when inhaled can lodge into the lining of the lungs and slowly develop into an aggressive form of lung cancer called malignant mesothelioma.

Johnson & Johnson claimed that it regularly tested the talc in its products for asbestos but the tests revealed there was none. Lanzo’s attorneys shot back, alleging the company’s tests were designed not to detect asbestos beyond a certain threshold. This unreliable testing was designed to protect the reputation of Johnson & Johnson and its flagship talcum powder products, but it put consumers’ health at risk, the attorneys alleged.

“They came up with the method that was never going to find the asbestos that was there, so they could certify that the looked and never found it,” Lanzo’s attorneys said during closing arguments. Lanzo’s complaint also alleged that there was evidence that Johnson & Johnson made efforts to destroy or remove asbestos from its talc, which his lawyers say was proof that the company knew there was asbestos in the product to begin with.

Lanzo’s case is the second of its kind alleging Johnson & Johnson’s products caused mesothelioma. The first trial ended in November in favor of the defendants.

Source: Law360

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