Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturers of an iconic baby powder product has been facing several lawsuits from thousands of women. The women claim that the talc product caused them to develop certain cancers, including ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, and mesothelioma. Attorneys for the women claim that the talc is contaminated with asbestos because talc and asbestos are often found together. Imersys, who provides Johnson & Johnson with the talc, has also been named in the lawsuits. Recently, Imersys made the decision to reach a settlement with a plaintiff after juries awarded previous plaintiffs millions of dollars, as Bloomberg reports.
Just as another jury began to make deliberations, Imersys, who supplies Johnson & Johnson with their talc, decided not to take any chances.
They agreed to settle their part of a lawsuit brought by a California woman who claimed that using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products caused her to contract mesothelioma, a cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Attorneys for the plaintiff stated that the talc-products were contaminated with asbestos.
The decision to settle comes after a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay 22 women $4.69 billion.
Another previous case which Imersys did not settle resulted in a $117 million verdict against Imersys and Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey.
After Johnson & Johnson learned that Imersys had decided to settle, attorneys for the company asked Judge Margaret Olendorf to declare a mistrial. Olendorf declined to declare a mistrial and will allow jurors to weigh the evidence.
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