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CA Jury Rules Plaintiff’s Mesothelioma Caused by J&J Talcum powder

A California woman who says Johnson’s Baby Powder and other similar talc-containing products caused her to develop mesothelioma was awarded $29 million by a jury in Oakland. J&J says it will appeal the judgment.

The jury determined that Plaintiff Teresa E. Leavitt’s development of mesothelioma was in large part the result of her use of Johnson’s Baby Powder and other similar talc-containing cosmetic products. The 12 jurors found that J&J and onetime talc supplier Cyprus Mines Corp. were both at fault and responsible for plaintiff’s injuries.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma or ovarian 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?

J&J was deemed to be 78% liable for Leavitt’s injuries, J&J Consumer Inc. 20% liable, and Cyprus Mines 2%.

The award included:

  • $291,000 to Leavitt for past medical expenses
  • $1 million for future medical
  • $1.2 million for loss of earnings
  • $7 million for past physical pain and mental suffering
  • $15 million for future physical pain and mental suffering
  • $2 million to her partner, Dean McElroy, for past loss of love and companionship
  • $3 million for future loss of love and companionship.

Wednesday’s verdict is another win for the plaintiffs’ bar in the wave of suits against J&J over its talcum powder, after the pharmaceutical and consumer products giant had recently racked up several favorable results.

Last October and November, J&J convinced juries in New Jersey and California that it wasn’t to blame for 2 women’s mesothelioma.

The case is: Leavitt v. Johnson & Johnson, case number RG17882401, in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Alameda.

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 mesothelioma and ovarian cancer cases in all 50 states.

Free Drug Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you developed mesothelioma or ovarian cancer from a talc product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

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