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NY Jury Awards Woman $25 Million in Talc Cancer Lawsuit

May 22, 2019 – A Supreme Court Jury in Manhattan, New York, has ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay a 66-year-old woman and her husband more than $25 million in compensatory damages in addition to punitive damages for the woman’s development of mesothelioma, which she claimed was caused by 50 years of using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower body powder.

The jury concluded that talc contained in Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower contributed to Plaintiff Donna Olson’s development of mesothelioma, a deadly type of cancer that begins in the lining of the lungs, heart, and other organs. Talcum powder has also recently been linked to numerous cases of ovarian cancer, which J&J is currently fighting hundreds of additional lawsuits over.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or ovarian cancer after using a talc 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?

Plaintiff Olson, who brought the suit in Oct. 2017, alleged that her near daily use of J&J’s talcum powder from 1953 thru 2015 caused her to develop mesothelioma, according to Law360.

Earlier this month, J&J motioned for the testimony of Olson’s microscopy expert, who has testified for plaintiffs in many talc cancer trials, to be thrown out based on false data.

“This trial suffered significant legal and evidentiary errors — one of the most egregious being the demonstrably false testimony from the plaintiff’s central expert, which prompted us to move for mistrial,” a J&J spokesperson said upon news of the verdict.

The lawsuit is: Donna A. Olson et al. v. Brenntag North America Inc. et al., case number 190328/2017, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

There are still more than 14,000 lawsuits pending in courts across the U.S. alleging that talc-containing products caused ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. Most of the complaints allege that the talc J&J used in its consumer healthcare products was contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen (cancer-causing substance).

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 cancer 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 developed mesothelioma or ovarian cancer from Johnson’s Baby Powder or another talc product, 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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