Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturers of their iconic Baby Powder and their Shower to Shower talcum powder produces have been the subject of litigation that links their product to ovarian cancer. Several juries have already found for plaintiffs who claim that lifetime use of the talc led to their being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Most recently, a jury found in favor of a plaintiff who is linking the talc powder to a cancer that is clearly linked to asbestos. Reuters reports on the story.
Early in April, a New Jersey jury awarded plaintiff Stephen Lanzo $117 million in a lawsuit linking Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Imersys Talc America to his diagnosis of mesothelioma.
Lanzo said he had been using the iconic baby powder since his birth in 1972. Further, attorneys for Lanzo said that Johnson & Johnson and Imersys both were aware that the talc used in its Baby Powder was contaminated by asbestos during the mining process.
Lawyers intend to use the internal documentation stating that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the asbestos contamination and continued manufacturing their Baby Powder without warning their customers of the potential risks.
Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson call the link between the talc and asbestos and the rare cancer Mesothelioma “junk science.” They also disagree with the link between their talc powder and ovarian cancer.
The company is currently battling some 6,000 cases in courts nationwide claiming a link between the talc powder and ovarian cancer. This newest verdict may help pave the way for linking the talc to cases of mesothelioma.
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