Jury asked to hold J&J liable for woman’s mesothelioma diagnosis

11 Oct 2018 by under Legal

talc justice 100x100 Jury asked to hold J&J liable for womans mesothelioma diagnosisAttorneys for Rosalind and Frederick Henry asked a New Jersey jury during closing arguments in the latest talc trial to hold responsible for marketing asbestos-laced talcum powder to consumers, which allegedly caused Mrs. Henry’s diagnosis, Law360 reported.

Mrs. Henry says she used Johnson’s Baby Powder years ago when her sons were young. She also used Colgate-Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet-brand talcum powder for 40 years. In November 2016, she was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. It can take decades for the disease to develop. Mrs. Henry has undergone numerous surgeries and continues to endure severe pain, shortness of breath and depression.

Mrs. Henry contacted an attorney after seeing a television commercial from a mesothelioma lawyer. She filed her lawsuit in March 2017. The Henrys settled with Colgate-Palmolive just before the trial started.

The Henrys’ attorney argued that documents show that Johnson & Johnson knew that the talc it used in its talcum powder products contained asbestos, that the mineral was carcinogenic, and that they even discussed the possible implications of asbestos in the talc it obtained from a mine in Vermont. Yet, they continued to sell the product to consumers and never warned them that using the product could exposure them to asbestos and potentially harm their health.

The Henrys’ case is being tried in the same courtroom where – months ago – a jury slapped Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier with $117 million verdict in a similar case alleging the companies asbestos-tainted talc contributed to the plaintiff’s mesothelioma diagnosis.

Source: Law360

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