The recent news that the FDA found a lot of Johnson’s Baby Powder to be contaminated with asbestos is being disputed by the company. However, that isn’t stopping the nearly 14,000 lawsuits the company is facing from people claiming that the talc product gave them cancer. Many of the litigants claim that lifetime use of J & J Baby Powder caused them to develop either ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. The Shore News Network reports that Johnson & Johnson has lost a recent case.
71-year-old Nancy Cabibi of Idaho, along with her husband Phil, sued Johnson & Johnson following a pleural mesothelioma diagnosis in 2017. Since the diagnosis, Cabibi has undergone procedures aimed at prolonging her life, including radical surgical intervention, chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy.
A test of Mrs. Cabisi’s body tissue revealed the presence of tremolite and anthophyllite asbestos. These two kinds of asbestos are known contaminants of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.
The jury found that the baby powder was contaminated by asbestos. They also found that the powder caused Mrs. Cabisi’s mesothelioma.
The jury awarded Mrs. Cabisi $40 million in damages.
This is just the latest decision against Johnson & Johnson in the ongoing Baby Powder litigation. Earlier this month, a jury awarded four people with mesothelioma $37.3 million.
In May 2018, an Oregon woman was awarded $25.75 million.
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