For months now, pharmaceutical and self-care giant Johnson & Johnson has been at the center of a controversy regarding one of its most iconic products. That product is the company’s Baby Powder, a talc powder, which has been in production since 1894. Talc is regularly found with the mineral asbestos, which has been linked to a rare and deadly cancer called mesothelioma. So far, the company has faced more than 17,000 lawsuits regarding the presence of asbestos in its Baby Powder. Many of the plaintiffs are women who claim that daily use of the product caused them to contract cancer.
Mesothelioma.net reports that a jury has awarded an elderly woman $9 million in a mesothelioma lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson.
The company continues to defend itself against the lawsuits but increasingly, the company is discovering that juries are deciding against the company. They are awarding significant verdicts to those who are claiming that the company’s Baby Powder has caused their illness.
Recently, a jury handed down a $9-million-dollar verdict to 82-year-old Blanca Moure-Cabrera for the damages that she has suffered.
Evidence presented to the jury in the lawsuit dates Moure-Cabrera’s use of Baby Powder back fifty years when she first came to Florida from Cuba. She continued to use the product through 2018. She was diagnosed with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma in August of that year.
Johnson & Johnson’s denials of liability in these lawsuits have primarily hinged on denials that their product is contaminated by asbestos. There have been internal documents that have shown company concern should the public become aware of asbestos in the product.
After hearing all the testimony, jurors made their decision in under an hour. Moure-Cabrera was awarded $3 million for past medical expenses and $6 million for past and future pain and suffering.
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