Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has lost five prior trials—four
in Missouri and one in California—to plaintiffs claiming the talc
fibers contained in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and Shower
to Shower powder caused ovarian cancer. Although two of those verdicts
have been reversed and are making their way through appellate courts,
there remain thousands of cases claiming J & J is responsible for
ovarian cancer among women who use baby powder for feminine hygiene purposes.
New Allegations Against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys
Now, Johnson & Johnson faces new allegations—that their beloved
baby powder contains cancer-causing asbestos—and, in fact, a New
Jersey jury found J & J and Imerys SA guilty of this claim just last
week. This was the first case to be tried regarding cancer-causing asbestos
in baby powder. After a trial lasting over two months, the jury ordered
the two companies to pay $37 million in compensatory damages, with a decision
regarding punitive damages to come later. The jury found the plaintiff
suffered from mesothelioma as a result of asbestos in the J & J talc.
Does Asbestos Cause Cancer?
Asbestos has been found to cause a deadly form of cancer, known as mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma affects the delicate tissues lining the lungs, the abdomen,
and elsewhere in the body. The plaintiff in the case claimed he had used
J & J Baby Powder and J & J Shower to Shower for more than three
decades. He believes that inhaling the powder—which he claims has
asbestos fibers—caused his mesothelioma. So, multiple juries in
various parts of the country have found that talc causes ovarian cancer
through feminine hygiene use and mesothelioma as a result of inhaling
the asbestos in talc.
Talc is one of the earth’s softest minerals and is often located
near deposits of asbestos-containing minerals, bringing a risk of cross-contamination.
Johnson & Johnson has asserted their products contain no asbestos,
and Imerys has stated their talc undergoes rigorous testing to ensure
it meets the highest quality standards and contains no asbestos. Despite
this, Imerys was assigned 30 percent of the liability, and J & J was
assigned 70 percent of the liability in this case.
Next J & J Asbestos Case Goes to Court in May
Similar asbestos cases are making their way through the court systems,
with the next case set to go to trial in South Carolina in a little more
than a month. The plaintiff’s attorney claimed J & J has withheld
information from its customers regarding the health risks of asbestos
in its talc products since the 1960s. J & J argues they have tested
their talc products extensively to ensure they contain no asbestos. Both
J & J and Imerys say they will appeal the decisions, and that the
plaintiff must have been exposed to asbestos somewhere else, like his
childhood home, or schools he attended.
The Ongoing Ovarian Cancer Litigation
Johnson & Johnson is currently facing more than 7,500 lawsuits regarding
talc fibers in their baby powder which have allegedly caused ovarian cancer
for women who have used the powder for decades.
Despite the fact that talcum powder, when used for feminine hygiene, has
been associated with ovarian cancer risks since the 1960’s, Johnson
& Johnson continued to sell their powders containing talc and stubbornly
refuses to warn its customers. Most other companies began using corn starch
rather than talc in their baby powders, and although J & J
does manufacture a powder containing corn starch, the company refused to take
their talc-containing products off the market.
Contact our National Product Liability Attorneys
The lawyers at Golomb & Honik proudly represent nearly 300 women who
have suffered with ovarian cancer as a result of their use of talc. We
also serve as leaders in both the state court and multi-district litigation.
If you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma after using
Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder with talc or Shower to Shower
with talc, it is important for you to speak to an experienced product
liability attorney at Golomb & Honik to determine whether you have
a valid claim against J & J, and to ensure your rights are protected.
To learn more about your legal options or to schedule a free consultation call the
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