Second jury hears fatal mesothelioma case against J&J

9 Nov 2018 by under Legal

talc bottles powder 100x100 Second jury hears fatal mesothelioma case against J&J“It’s the American dream interrupted,” says the attorney representing a man whose wife and law partner died from a rare form of cancer he claims was caused by exposure to asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder.

Bertila Boyd-Bostic, the now-deceased wife of Antoine Bostic, used Johnson’s Baby Powder from the moment she was taken home from the hospital after birth, and continued to use the talcum powder for the next three decades. What she didn’t know, her attorney argued, is that the talc in her products was mined in Vermont, from ore that contained . Johnson & Johnson knew there was present in the talc but still used it, and led consumers to believe its talc products were safe even for newborn babies.

Boyd-Bostic’s longtime use of the products contributed to her diagnosis, resulting in her premature death at the age of 39, her surviving husband claims in the lawsuit.

Asbestos is a mineral that contains microscopic fibers that can go airborne and be inhaled or swallowed, leading to lung cancer or mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma), abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma) or heart (pericardial mesothelioma). Boyd-Bostic was diagnosed with pericardial mesothelioma, the rarest form of the disease. It can take decades for asbestos cancer to develop. Once diagnosed, the disease usually proves deadly within 12 to 24 months.

Boyd-Bostic filed her lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and 14 other companies in May 2017. She died in October 2017, after which her husband took over the case bringing claims on his own behalf as the executor of her estate. The case went to trial in May, but ended in a hung jury.

Source: Law360

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