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J&J Forced to Pay $80 Million in Talc Mesothelioma Lawsuit

A New Jersey jury on Wednesday ordered Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys S.A., to pay $80 million in punitive damages after ruling that the companies were negligent in selling asbestos-containing talcum powder that led to the plaintiff’s development of mesothelioma.

Talcum powderLess than 1 week after the same New Jersey jury slammed J&J and Imerys with a $37 million verdict in compensatory damages, they found that an additional $80 million in punitive damages were called for because the companies acted in reckless disregard of the rights of plaintiff Stephen Lanzo III and his wife.

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

What’s the problem?

April 11, 2018 – The jury awarded $55 million in punitive damages against J&J and $25 million against Imerys, according to Law360. Lawyers for the plaintiff demanded jurors send a clear message that selling baby powder and other cosmetic products which contain asbestos is wrong and will not be tolerated.

The jury heard the message loud and clear, in what goes down as the first ever decision in favor of a plaintiff alleging cancer from a talcum powder product. Many feel the ruling will turn the tide in favor of more plaintiffs in these cases. J&J still faces approximately 5,500 lawsuits over its Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower.

Plaintiffs in the cases all make similar allegations that use of talc-based products caused them to develop cancer. The complaints further allege that J&J and its talc suppliers knew their products caused cancer, but failed to provide warning labels or issue recalls for their products.

Defendants claim that studies linking talc to cancer are based on discredited research, and they note that numerous regulatory agencies have decided against requiring warnings on talc-containing products.

Do I have a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

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

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got cancer from Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower-to-Shower or other talc-based product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.

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