Thousands of women use talc or baby powder daily as a part of their hygiene routines. Johnson and Johnson manufacturers an iconic baby powder product that has become the center of thousands of lawsuits. Thousands of women and a few men have alleged that daily use of the Baby Powder has caused them to develop certain types of cancer. The primary cancers are ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. Recently, it came to light that talc products, including Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, may be contaminated with asbestos since the two minerals are mined together.
Mesothelioma.net reports that the Johnson & Johnson company has settled another mesothelioma lawsuit related to its Baby Powder lawsuit.
Over 16,000 lawsuits have been filed concerning Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder. The lawsuits primarily accuse the product of being contaminated with asbestos. In nearly all of the legal battles, the company has vigorously defended itself against the allegations that use of the product led to ovarian cancer or mesothelioma.
However, this week was an exception in the lawsuit filed by 62-year-old Laura Shanahan. She alleged that Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder caused malignant mesothelioma.
It is highly unusual for the company to settle such a lawsuit, and it is not known why the company agreed to the settlement.
According to those who were in the courtroom, after the judge had provided instructions to a jury, attorneys for both parties asked to meet the judge in chambers. The judge returned to the courtroom and advised the jury that their services were no longer needed.
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