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J&J Failed to Warn About Cancer Risk of Asbestos in Talc, Suit Claims

The Johnson’s Baby Powder once used by a woman who now has mesothelioma contained millions of asbestos fibers, which led to her development of the disease, according to a new lawsuit now being heard in a courtroom in Pasadena, California.

August 21, 2018 – At the beginning of the trial, attorneys for Plaintiff Carolyn Weirick argued that the lawsuit was about “breach of trust,” as Johnson & Johnson had been promoting its products as wholesome and pure for decades, while failing to adequately warn about the risk of cancer with its talc.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after using a talcum powder product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

Weirick is 58-years-old and has been diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, a cancer of the protective lining of the lung, known as the pleura, that she claims was the result of 40 years of near-daily use of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, another talc-containing cosmetic product made by J&J.

A diagnosis of mesothelioma is almost always associated with exposure to asbestos in one form or another over an extended period of time, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Far less common causes include radiation exposure or a specific type of virus. Mesothelioma is a fatal disease, with the median survival time from appearance of first symptoms to death less than 1 year, according to the American Thoracic Society.

Mesothelioma Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or painful breathing
  • Persistent dry or raspy cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain in the lower back or rib area
  • Unexplained weight loss and fatigue
  • Swelling of the face or arms
  • Night sweats or fever
  • Lumps under the skin on the chest

Weirick was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017, and is likely losing 25 years of her expected lifespan because of the disease, according to the complaint.

The trial is being presided over by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Margaret Oldendorf.

The case is: Carolyn Weirick v. Brenntag North America et al., case number BC656425, in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles.

One Man’s Fight with Mesothelioma: Wall Street Journal Video

Click on the following link to view an excellent video by the Wall Street Journal on the heartbreaking last days of Bill McQueen, a Texas surgeon and U.S. Air Force Veteran who lost his life to mesothelioma in 2013.

Do I have a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in talcum powder lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with mesothelioma or another form of cancer after using talc-containing products, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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