J&J tries to skirt $117 million verdict in talc mesothelioma case

11 Jun 2018 by under Legal

talc justice 100x100 J&J tries to skirt $117 million verdict in talc mesothelioma caseAttorneys representing urged a New Jersey state court to toss a $117 million verdict over claims that the company’s talcum powder contains asbestos and contributed to a man’s . The man’s lawyer fought to keep the award, accusing the consumer health care giant of reprehensible conduct.

The arguments involved the case of Stephen Lanzo III and his wife, who sued Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America Inc. They accused the companies of knowing that the talc used in Johnson & Johnson talc-containing products, like Johnson’s Baby Powder, contained the carcinogenic mineral asbestos, but failed to warn consumers. Asbestos exposure has been linked to mesothelioma, a rare and deadly type of cancer that forms in the lining of some internal organs, particularly the lungs.

Lanzo claimed he used Johnson’s Baby Powder regularly throughout his life never knowing he was exposing himself to asbestos or the dangers it would cause.

In April jurors awarded Lanzo $30 million in compensatory damages and his wife $7 million to cover medical expenses and lost wages, and added an additional $80 million in punitive damages, with Johnson & Johnson responsible for $55 million of the burden and Imerys the remaining $25 million.

Johnson & Johnson’s attorneys called the damages unjustified. But Lanzo’s attorney told the judge that the jury’s award was fair considering the couple’s young children will be forced to grow up without a father.

Lanzo’s case was the second to charge Johnson & Johnson and Imerys with mining and selling talcum powder that contained asbestos, contributing to mesothelioma. The first trial went in favor of the defendants.


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