J&J faces another trial alleging its talc contains asbestos

31 May 2018 by under Legal

Talc truth 100x100 J&J faces another trial alleging its talc contains asbestosA 94-year-old woman is suing over claims that its talcum powder products were contaminated with asbestos and caused her to develop a rare but deadly form of cancer. The case is the latest in a string of claims accusing Johnson & Johnson of failing to warn consumers of risks with its talc-containing products. The consumer health care giant has repeatedly denied that its talc contains asbestos though the company has been hit in recent months with multi-million-dollar verdicts in similar cases.

Ilene Brick lived a full life but is now facing a “very painful” death from mesothelioma due to about 50 years of exposure to asbestos from her regular use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products, her attorneys argued.

The defendants claim that Brick’s pleural mesothelioma was caused instead by Kent brand cigarettes which she smoked for four to five years in the 1950s. The type of asbestos in Kent cigarettes has been linked to an exceedingly high rate of mesothelioma, Johnson & Johnson’s attorneys argued.

Brick’s attorneys argued that while the cigarettes may have contributed to her disease, they did not lessen the impact of her exposure to talcum powder.

Last week, a California jury awarded $25.7 million to Joanne and Gary Anderson who claimed that his regular use of Johnson’s Baby Powder caused Joanne Anderson’s mesothelioma. Two months ago, a New Jersey state jury hit Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America with a combined $117 million in damages in a similar lawsuit.

Johnson & Johnson also faces claims that its talcum powder, when used on the genitals for feminine hygiene, caused women to develop ovarian cancer.

Source: Law360

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