J&J, Imerys fight $117 million talc verdict

2 May 2018 by under Legal

640px Talc mutnikSVK01 100x100 J&J, Imerys fight $117 million talc verdictJohnson & Johnson and its talc supplier Inc., pressed a New Jersey state court to toss a multi-million-dollar verdict the companies had been slapped with in a case of a man who claimed their talcum powder products contained asbestos and caused the man’s mesothelioma.

Last month, a New Jersey jury awarded Stephen Lanzo III and his wife $37 million in compensatory damages and $80 million in punitive damages finding the companies’ talc-containing products contributed to the development of Lanzo’s rare but deadly lung cancer. Johnson & Johnson and Imerys argued that Lanzo failed to prove that their allegedly asbestos-contaminated talc caused his disease.

is a type of cancer that forms in the lining of organs, like the lungs. It is caused by exposure to asbestos, a fibrous mineral that has been used in building materials and industrial products including cement, brake linings, and insulation. It is also found naturally in talc. When breathed in, the fibers can get lodged within the lining of the lungs, cause inflammation, and the development of cancer cells, leading to .

Lanzo claimed that his decades-long, daily use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products, like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, exposed him to asbestos, which contributed to his mesothelioma. He claimed that Johnson & Johnson and Imerys knew their talc contained asbestos but failed to warn consumers of the risks the mineral posed in their consumer health care products.

Lana’s case was the second of its kind to go to trial. The first fell in favor of the defendants.  Johnson & Johnson is also facing lawsuits alleging its talcum powder products used on the genitals for feminine hygiene caused women to develop ovarian cancer.

Sources:
Law360
MyMeso

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