J&J hit with $21.7 million in compensatory damages in talc mesothelioma trial

25 May 2018 by under Legal

talc justice 100x100 J&J hit with $21.7 million in compensatory damages in talc mesothelioma trialA California jury slapped with a $21.7 million in compensatory damages in a trial alleging the consumer health care giant’s talcum powder products were tainted with asbestos and caused a woman to develop malignant mesothelioma. The jury is currently deliberating over punitive damages.

Joanne Anderson sued the company alleging her regular use of Johnson’s Baby Powder and other products exposed her to asbestos, a fibrous mineral that causes a rare but deadly form of cancer called . The disease affects the lining of the lungs and other organs and usually proves deadly within 12 to 24 months after diagnosis.

Anderson’s attorneys pointed to studies dating back decades that connected Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing products to asbestos and cancer. The plaintiff sued several companies including some Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries and suppliers, but it was not clear which of the defendants – if any – the jury found responsible.

This is not the only case to go to trial that blames Johnson & Johnson’s talc products for causing mesothelioma. Last month, a jury awarded Stephen Lanzo III and his wife $117 million in damages ($37 million in compensatory damages and $80 million in punitive damages). Lanza claimed Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder contained asbestos-tainted talc, and his regular use of the products caused his mesothelioma.

Johnson & Johnson also faces a growing number of lawsuits alleging its talc-containing products, promoted for use on the genitals for feminine hygiene, caused women to develop ovarian cancer.

Source: Law360

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