Johnson & Johnson’s Talcum Powder Products Caused Mesothelioma: $117 Million Given By NewJersey Jurors
Johnson & Johnson’s Talcum Powder Products Caused Mesothelioma: $117 Million Given By NewJersey Jurors: In a lawsuit that claimed Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products caused an investment banker’s Stephen Lanzo mesothelioma, Jurors in New Jersey have given $117 million so far.
NewJersey Law Journal, Law360, reported that Jurors allocated 70% of the blame to Johnson & Johnson and 30% to its talcum supplier, Imerys Talc America. Jurors had initially given compensatory damages of $30 million to Stephen Lanzo III, and $7 million to his wife, Kendra, for loss of association. Jurors added $80 million in disciplinary damages.
Lanzo used Johnson’s baby powder and the company’s former product, Shower to Shower body powder. He alleged that trace amounts of asbestos in those products had caused his cancer while the Johnson & Johnson’s lawyer had argued that “almost 100% of the time” tests from various sources found no asbestos in talc, according to Law360.
Lanzo’s lawyer stated that Johnson & Johnson used tests that detect asbestos over a certain threshold, and the company had influence over researchers.
The verdict was the first to find Johnson & Johnson was liable in a mesothelioma case. Johnson & Johnson said in a statement that they plan to appeal and they were barred from presenting relevant evidence at trial. The lawyer of Johnson & Johnson stated that “Johnson’s (b)aby (p)owder has been used for more than 120 years and it does not contain asbestos or cause mesothelioma,” the statement said. “After suffering multiple losses through court rulings and at trial, plaintiff’s attorneys have shifted their strategy and are now alleging that talcum powder is contaminated with asbestos, despite multiple independent, non-litigation-driven scientific evaluations which have found that our baby powder does not contain asbestos.”
The company is already facing more than 5,000 suits claiming the company’s talcum powder caused ovarian cancer.
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