Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $21.7 million in damages in a California lawsuit filed by a woman who was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer. The lawsuit alleged that exposure to asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder product caused the women to develop mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure.
According to the lawsuit, Joanne Anderson alleged that she developed mesothelioma as a direct result of exposure to asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder brands. Because talc and asbestos are commonly found close together when they are mined, health experts have been concerned for decades about the risk of asbestos contamination in talcum powder products.
During the trial, Johnson & Johnson argued that its talcum powder brands – including Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower – are 100% asbestos free, and have been for decades. However, Anderson’s attorneys were able to produce studies of talc mills and mines dating to the 20th century that linked asbestos, cancer, and Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products.
The jury in the California lawsuit ordered J&J to pay $21.7 million in compensatory damages to Anderson. The jury is scheduled to rule on whether punitive damages should also be awarded in the case.
The $21.7 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson is the second legal defeat that the company has faced in talcum powder-asbestos litigation in the last two months. In April, a New Jersey jury ordered Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, to pay a combined $117 million in damages to a man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer as a result of exposure to asbestos in J&J’s talcum-based baby powder.
In addition to other lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson over allegations of asbestos contamination in its talcum baby powder products, the company also faces lawsuits filed by women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer. These lawsuits have alleged that the use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene may increase a woman’s risk of developing cancer of the uterus or ovaries. The lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson has known about the cancer risk of talcum powder for decades, but failed to properly warn customers about the risks these products may pose.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer after using talcum powder or baby powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson or other companies, you may qualify to take legal action. The first step in determining if you are eligible to file a claim is to speak with an attorney who can tell you more about your legal rights and walk you through the first steps in filing a lawsuit.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson are currently representing dozens of women who were diagnosed with cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder products. Our firm has also filed lawsuits in a number of other product liability matters, including cases involving dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, and other commercial products.
For more information about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or other talcum powder companies, 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 completing our free case evaluation form at the top of this page.