Johnson & Johnson is embroiled in more than 14,000 lawsuits over claims that its iconic Baby Powder caused women to develop cancer. In the lawsuits, the women’s attorneys allege that lifetime use of the product led to the development of ovarian cancer. Some of the women claim that the product contains asbestos and that led to the development of mesothelioma, a cancer linked to the carcinogenic material. The company is also facing federal investigations into whether the company was aware of the asbestos contamination and hid it.
The CVN Blog reports that the first case in Georgia regarding the links between ovarian cancer and talc resulted in a mistrial.
On Tuesday afternoon, Fulton County State Court Judge Jane Morrison declared a mistrial in the first case in Georgia to go to trial over alleged links between Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based Baby Powder and a woman’s death from ovarian cancer.
The judge had earlier given an admonition to reach a consensus if at all possible. Despite that, the foreperson stated that panel members remained deadlocked. The declaration of a mistrial followed three weeks of testimony and three days of deliberations.
65-year-old Diane Brower died after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. Her family contends that the cancer was caused by Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, which Brower used in her genital area for years.
The trial focused on whether or not the Baby Powder contained carcinogenic fibers and whether the company was aware of the existence of such fibers and the potential danger. While many of these trials claim the presence of asbestos, a pre-trial order in this case prevented the mention of asbestos.
Johnson & Johnson argued that Brower possessed a genetic predisposition to ovarian cancer and that the company’s talc played no part in the disease.
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