The Johnson & Johnson company is facing thousands of lawsuits related to its baby and talc powder products. Some consumers and their lawyers claim that they contracted cancer from lifetime use of their baby powder. Many of the litigants are female and claim that they contracted cancer in their reproductive organs from using the powder regularly in their genital area as part of their hygienic routine. There is at least one male litigant who claimed that the talc, which is mined alongside asbestos, caused mesothelioma. Lawyers and plaintiffs argue that the powder contains trace amounts of asbestos, which is a known carcinogen linked to mesothelioma, a rare and often fatal cancer.
Legal Scoops reports on a motion for summary judgment being denied to Johnson & Johnson in a New York mesothelioma case.
Johnson and Johnson filed for a summary judgment in the case of Anna Zoas, who filed a lawsuit claiming that Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused her to contract mesothelioma.
The Supreme Court of New York County denied the motion, which means that a jury will hear Zoas’ complaint.
Zoas filed the lawsuit after contracting pleural mesothelioma at the age of 76.
Zoas claims that she has had no occupational exposure to asbestos in the workplace nor in her environment. The only exposure she has had is through the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, dating her use of the product back to 1945.
Johnson & Johnson has nearly 12,000 lawsuits pending that involve the company’s baby powder product. Most of the litigants have developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma.
Talc is mined near asbestos and cross-contamination is known to have occurred.
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