Johnson & Johnson, as well as other manufacturers of talc-based baby powder products are facing numerous lawsuits. The lawsuits contend that habitual use of the product as a feminine hygiene product led to women developing ovarian cancer. Other cancer patients claim that asbestos contamination has led to the development of mesothelioma, a cancer that is linked to asbestos. Johnson & Johnson is facing tens of thousands of lawsuits this year. Several lawsuits have already been decided, including one lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 women, leading to a verdict against the company of more than $4 billion. Legal Scoops reports that yet another verdict has come in against the company, this time for $12 million.
A 61-year-old former teacher filed the lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Colgate Palmolive, claiming that the companies’ products, Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet caused her to contract mesothelioma.
The verdict, which awarded the woman $12 million, came after a month of testimony. The jury deliberated for 5 days before rendering a verdict that the company had a defective product. They were unable to agree whether the companies acted with “malice, oppression, or fraud,” and no punitive damages were awarded.
Each company has been ordered to pay 40% of the verdict. Assigned to pay 20% was Avon, who was not named in the lawsuit.
This is the second time a California jury has awarded damages in a baby powder trial against Johnson & Johnson. In March, another California jury awarded a plaintiff $29 million.
Since 2016, Johnson & Johnson has lost 11 trials related to its talc products.
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