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Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Trial Underway in California

A trial is underway in a Pasadena Supreme Court in which a California woman claims she developed mesothelioma from Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products.

A Pasadena courtroom is the scene of a pivotal trial in which a California woman claims she developed mesothelioma as a result of breathing in Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talc-containing cosmetic products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by 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.

Update: J&J Ordered to Pay $37 Million in Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit

April 6, 2018 – A New Jersey state jury has ruled against J&J and one of its talc suppliers, Imery Talc America, Inc., in a lawsuit filed by a man with mesothelioma, awarding him $37 million in compensatory damages after determining that his use of talcum powder caused the cancer.

What’s the Problem?

October 9, 2017 – The lawsuit alleges that J&J talcum powder products may have been tainted with asbestos, a mineral linked to the development of mesothelioma. The case is unique in that it is the first to allege a mesothelioma injury from J&J talc to reach trial; other lawsuits to reach the trial phase have involved claims of ovarian cancer.

Asbestos-related claims filed against other manufacturers include:

  • In April 2015, a California woman was awarded $13 million in a lawsuit filed against Colgate-Palmolive. The jury ruled that the plaintiff, Judith Winkel, developed mesothelioma from asbestos in the company’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder.
  • Later that same year, a New York jury awarded $10.55 million in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against R.T. Vanderbilt.
  • Last year, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded Philip Depoian $18 million against talc supplier Whittaker, Clark and Daniels, in the largest verdict rendered to date for mesothelioma linked to talcum powder.

While these types of lawsuits have been filed against asbestos insulation manufacturers, who intentionally add the mineral for its ability to absorb heat, the complaint against talc companies allege negligence by manufacturers and distributors of talc powder products who they claim failed to identify a deadly contaminant and warn about their products’ potential safety risks.

Recently unsealed documents from the lawsuit revealed that J&J has known for decades that its talc products may have contained asbestos fibers, which become lodged in the lining of the lungs, over time leading to fibrosis (scarring of lung tissues), the lung disease asbestosis, and lung cancer.

J&J has marketed their talcum powders as safe to use for feminine hygiene; however, studies have linked these products to an increased risk for ovarian cancer, according to the documents.

Based on these findings, and J&J’s failure to warn against the cancer risk, at least 5,500 lawsuits have been filed against the healthcare giant in courts across the U.S.

Do I Have a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

The Pharmaceutical 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 Case Evaluation: Again, if you were harmed by the side effects of a 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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