With bankruptcy in mind, Johnson & Johnson took another big shot in its fight against mesothelioma claims.
According to a report from Bloomberg Law, a California appellate court ruled in favor of a cancer victim last week. The court sided with the initial $29.4 million ruling over the victim’s mesothelioma diagnosis. She accused Johnson & Johnson of exposing her to asbestos via the company’s Baby Powder product.
The victim claims her mother used the powder on her as a child. She continued using it into adulthood. In 2017, she was diagnosed with mesothelioma. This rare cancer is caused solely by asbestos fibers. Asbestos can sneak undetected into talc items such as Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder. This is how talc causes mesothelioma.
Courts and victims link the company’s reliance on talc to many mesothelioma deaths. The company reportedly refused to pivot from talc for decades despite cancer concerns from health experts.
Testimony claimed two samples of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder revealed miniature, sharp asbestos fibers. This baby powder is traditionally a talcum powder product, made from the mineral talc. Asbestos can contaminate talc products.
Johnson & Johnson faces thousands of mesothelioma lawsuits. The health and beauty giant is considering offloading all talc asbestos claims to a subsidiary, which would file for bankruptcy to avoid future lawsuits.
This comes around a year after Johnson & Johnson discontinued the Baby Powder line in the United States and Canada. The item is no longer on the market due to the onslaught of legal claims.
Despite this move from Johnson & Johnson, the courts still deem the company responsible for thousands of cancer claims linked to past asbestos exposure. The initial verdicts are often backed up in appeals, similar to this case in California.
If you may have an asbestos cancer case against Johnson & Johnson, contact our team. Carl Jewett is an advocate for victims of mesothelioma. He can help you find a lawyer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- J&J Fails to Escape Jury’s $29 Million Award in Baby Powder Suit. Bloomberg Law. Retrieved from: https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/j-j-fails-to-escape-jurys-29-million-award-in-baby-powder-suit. Accessed: 08/10/2021.
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