A California jury ruled in favor of a 35‑year‑old mesothelioma victim against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer at the center of thousands of lawsuits.
Johnson & Johnson makes a talc Baby Powder product. This item is linked to multiple cancers, including mesothelioma. The Superior Court jury in Alameda County ruled the company is responsible for the victim’s cancer diagnosis.
The jury ruled $26.5 million in compensatory damages. The next phase is punitive damages. The victim is expected to pass away from her malignant disease, which she attributes to Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder. She said she was first exposed at a young age from her mother’s use, a common theme for many talc cancer victims.
Most mesothelioma verdicts are at least $1 million, and the average is higher. When it’s a talc mesothelioma lawsuit, the amount is often in the tens of millions. The substantial payment is for lost wages, costly medical bills, travel expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
Questions About Johnson & Johnson’s Reported Bankruptcy Plans
Johnson & Johnson is reportedly considering creating a subsidiary company to assume all legal claims from asbestos‑disease victims. The subsidiary would file for bankruptcy to avoid multi‑million‑dollar verdicts.
The claimants would also lose all leverage in seeking mesothelioma lawsuit settlements, often ranging in hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars. They’d receive substantially less in compensation through a trust fund.
A subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives questioned Johnson & Johnson about the move. According to The Hill website, the subcommittee “is seeking to find out how this potential plan would affect the victims who claim that J&J’s baby powder negatively impacted their health.”
Johnson & Johnson faces a mountain of mesothelioma lawsuits due to the talc Baby Powder. Talc and asbestos are naturally forming minerals, and they easily mix together. When talc is turned into talcum powder for Baby Powder, it can contain loose asbestos strands.
Johnson & Johnson reportedly knew of the asbestos contamination but pushed the production of Baby Powder forward anyway. The company stopped the production and sale of the talc product in the United States and Canada in 2020, when the public was well aware of the health issues.
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- California Jury Awards $26.5M In Talc Mesothelioma Trial. Law360. Retrieved from: https://www.law360.com/trials/articles/1413774. Accessed: 05/26/2021.
- House subcommittee presses Johnson & Johnson on plan to offload baby powder liabilities. The Hill. Retrieved from: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/565349-house-subcommittee-presses-johnson-johnson-on-plan-to-offload-baby-powder. Accessed: 05/26/2021.
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