A jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America to pay $117 million in damages in a lawsuit filed by a New Jersey man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer after years of using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products. The lawsuit accused the two companies of failing to ensure that the talc used in Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other talc brands was asbestos-free.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that can affect the lining of the heart, lungs, or abdomen. The disease is caused by exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that is often found close to talc.
The lawsuit filed by Stephen Lanzo III and his wife alleged that he was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer as a result of exposure to asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products. Lanzo alleged that he had used the company’s talc brands for years, but was unaware of the potential dangers posed by asbestos exposure until he was diagnosed with mesothelioma.
At the trial, Lanzo’s attorneys presented evidence that Johnson & Johnson and Imerys had known for decades that the pharmaceutical giant’s talc products could be contaminated with asbestos. Although Johnson & Johnson stated that it had begun testing its talc brands for asbestos contamination in the 1970s, Lanzo’s lawyers argued that the company knew these tests were not able to 100% guarantee that the talc used in the company’s products was 100% asbestos free.
Lanzo testified that he was exposed to asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products for decades. According to his testimony, Lanzo was first exposed to asbestos in J&J’s talc products in 1972, when his mother began using Johnson’s Baby Powder when he was an infant. Lanzo said that he stopped using Johnson & Johnson’s talc products in 2003 – more than 30 years after he was first exposed.
Following the conclusion of the trial, the jury awarded Lanzo and his wife $37 million in total economic damages against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys. Responsibility for causing Lanzo’s mesothelioma diagnosis was split 70% for Johnson & Johnson and 30% for Imerys.
After one week of additional deliberations, the jury ordered Imerys and J&J to pay $80 million in punitive damages. The award included $55 million in damages against Johnson & Johnson and $25 million in damages against Imerys.
Johnson & Johnson is also facing thousands of lawsuits filed by women who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products for feminine hygiene. According to a recent SEC filing, Johnson & Johnson says that it is facing more than 6,600 lawsuits as of January 2018 filed by women who were diagnosed with cancer linked to their use of Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talcum powder products.
Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages in lawsuits filed over the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. These verdicts include damages of $55 million to a women who underwent a total hysterectomy and damages of $70 million and $110 million respectively to a pair of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower body powder, or other talcum powder products, you may qualify to take legal action against Johnson & Johnson or other manufacturers. The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson is currently representing dozens of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products.
In our decade of legal experience, the attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have taken on some of the largest corporations in the world in an effort to ensure that our clients achieve the best possible results in their case. The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed numerous product liability lawsuits on behalf of our clients, including cases involving defective medical products, dangerous drugs, faulty medical devices, and other commercial products.
For more information about filing a talcum powder lawsuit and to find out if you qualify, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located at the top of this page to get started immediately.