Woman says regular use of J&J baby powder caused mesothelioma

22 Aug 2018 by under Legal

talc bottles powder 100x100 Woman says regular use of J&J baby powder caused mesotheliomaIn opening arguments in the latest trial alleging Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing products caused cancer, the plaintiff’s attorneys argued that Johnson’s Baby Powder was laced with fibers and contributed to a woman’s deadly cancer. But attorneys for the consumer health care giant said the talcum powder did not make the woman sick, arguing that sometimes, “cancer just happens.”

In 2017, Carolyn Weirick, 58, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, a fibrous mineral that is mined from the earth in much the same way talc is. Mesothelioma prognosis is dire. Most people die within 12 to 24 months after diagnosis.

Weirick believes she was exposed to asbestos from her near-daily use over four decades of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder. She even saved one of the bottles of baby powder she bought at the store and had it tested. Researchers found it contained more than 6 million asbestos fibers.

Weirick’s attorneys claimed that Johnson & Johnson knew its talc contained asbestos because the company had its talc tested by its own researchers as well as by consultants it hired. Yet, the company continued to sell the product without warning consumers of asbestos risks.

Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier, , is also named in the case.

Weirick filed her lawsuit in April 2017. Her case is the latest to go to trial accusing Johnson & Johnson of selling asbestos-laced talcum powder products that contributed to mesothelioma. In May, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay Joanne and Gary Anderson $26 million over similar claims.

Last month, Johnson & Johnson was hit with a $4.69 billion verdict in a case brought by 22 women who claimed the company’s talc products caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

Source: Law360

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