Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay millions in talcum powder lawsuit

  • Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay millions in talcum powder lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay millions in talcum powder lawsuit

In a nine-week trial on claims that Stephen Lanzo III's terminal illness was caused by his lifelong use of Johnson Baby Powder, J&J lawyers maintained that its products were safe and that lawyers for the plaintiff were mischaracterizing the evidence.

A record-setting verdict for mesothelioma linked to talcum powder came in 2016, when a Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded Philip Depoian $18 million against cosmetic talc distributer Whittaker, Clark & Daniels.

J&J, based in New Brunswick, N.J., faces talc-related lawsuits by 6,610 plaintiffs around the country, Reuters reports.

In the past two years Johnson & Johnson has been found liable in at least seven lawsuits related to its talcum powder products. Studies have shown that there is a risk of cross-contamination during mining, which leads to possibilities of talc miners and users of talc products contracting mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure.

On top of the $37 million already awarded the jury could award punitive damages next week, which are generally assessed as punishment for unethical or negligent actions.

He claimed that inhaling dust from the products containing cancer-causing asbestos gave him mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs.

"While we are disappointed with this decision, the jury has further deliberations to conduct in this trial and we will reserve additional comment until the case is fully completed", Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said in a statement.

His lawyers claimed that J&J officials and the J&J's talc supplier Imerys were anxious about asbestos contaminating talc and other products as early as 1969.

Stephen Lanzo said he has used Johnson & Johnson's talc powder produts since his birth in 1972.

Lanzo alleged that 30 years of inhaling products like Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, and the asbestos it supposedly contained, caused his mesothelioma. There are thousands of other cases tying its talc products to ovarian cancer.

Brock also said the Montclair, New Jersey, home where Lanzo grew up had asbestos insulation around the pipes and the schools he attended underwent asbestos removal projects while he was attending.

However, no federal regulations exist.

Johnson & Johnson maintains that its products are not carcinogenic and have never contained traces of asbestos fibers.

Lanzo's trial was scheduled to begin in early January, but was delayed after a pretrial evidentiary dispute involving a tissue sample from the plaintiff. It said tests had found asbestos in the company's baby powder and users would file lawsuits if the information became known publicly, according to Bloomberg. We are disappointed by the jury's decision, but we remain confident that talc did not cause Mr. Lanzo's cancer.