Posted on 1st August, 2019
by Legal Staff
Have you or someone you care about been diagnosed with mesothelioma or ovarian cancer after talcum powder use? Then you must know that in May, a New York jury ordered the drug-maker Johnson & Johnson to pay $325 million to a woman who said asbestos in their talc products caused her cancer.
The New York jury awarded $25 million to her and her husband in compensatory damages plus punitive damages of $300 million. Punitive damages are awarded to punish defendants for outrageous conduct and harmful behavior.
More recently, in July, a California jury ordered the health-care giant to pay about $10 million to a woman who blamed her rare cancer on the use of talc-based products.
Johnson & Johnson faces more than 15,000 claims that its products Shower to Shower and Johnson's Baby Powder caused mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Many women with ovarian cancer have claimed, experiencing mixed success, that the talc in the baby powder was the cause of their disease. Others have said that asbestos in the talc caused them mesothelioma, a type of cancer occurring in the lining of internal organs.
These huge verdicts and settlements, especially in the punitive damage awards, along with other sizeable ones, could spur additional large ones. In December 2018, J&J lost its attempt to overturn a talc verdict of $4.69 billion awarded to almost two dozen women with ovarian cancer.
However, Johnson & Johnson still stands by its cosmetic talc products. The company claims that their products have never contained asbestos and they're safe.
But many newly unearthed records show the company knew for years that its talc had been contaminated with asbestos. Harmful internal documents dating as far back as the 1960s show that the company knew that the baby powder contained asbestos and these facts anger jurors. An examination published by Reuters in December 2018 found the earliest mentions of tainted talc came from 1957 J&J lab reports.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma and has used talcum powder over time, this information is important to you.
Consult our experienced team of experts to explore reliable resources and answers. We can offer information relevant to serious injuries such as cancer caused by products like talc-based powder marketed for alleged cosmetic qualities.
Atraxia Law has helped many people who suffered injury and harm through the use of dangerous and defective products find out if they qualify to bring a claim. Explore your potential case after talcum powder use coincided with a later diagnosis of cancer. Please contact our firm to find out if you are eligible to file a mesothelioma claim.