J&J, Imerys slapped with $117 million in damages in talc mesothelioma case

12 Apr 2018 by under Legal

640px Talc mutnikSVK01 100x100 J&J, Imerys slapped with $117 million in damages in talc mesothelioma caseLate Wednesday, April 11, and its talc supplier Imerys were slapped with a $117 million verdict in a case brought by a man who claimed the companies’ talcum powder contained asbestos, which contributed to the development of his malignant mesothelioma.

The verdict was delivered by a New Jersey state jury in the case of Stephen Lanzo III and his wife Kendra. Lanzo claimed that he used Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talc-containing products made by Johnson & Johnson every day for decades. He trusted it was safe, but claimed that Johnson & Johnson was reckless in selling talcum powder because the company knew it contained the carcinogenic fibrous mineral asbestos.

Last week, the jurors awarded Lanzo $30 million in compensatory damages and his wife $7 million to cover medical expenses and loss of wages. Johnson & Johnson was found responsible for 70 percent of the damages, and its talc supplier, , was found liable for the remaining 30 percent.

Then jurors deliberated on punitive damages, ultimately hitting Johnson & Johnson with an additional $55 million in damages and Imerys with an additional $25 million.

Lanzo’s case is the second of its kind charging Johnson & Johnson and Imerys with mining and selling talcum powder that contained asbestos that contributed to the development of mesothelioma. The first trial went in favor of the defendants.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen found naturally in talc. It was also widely used in insulation and fireproof materials. Asbestos contributes to the development of malignant mesothelioma, a rare but deadly type of lung cancer that affects the lining of the lungs.

Source: Beasley Allen

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