Johnson & Johnson Hit With $29.4 Million Verdict

A California jury awarded $29.4 million to a woman and her spouse who alleged that her use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder caused her mesothelioma. The $29.4 million was for compensatory damages. Johnson& Johnson plans to appeal this decision. No punitive damages were awarded.

There are about 14,000 cases across the country in which individuals are claiming J&J’s talc products have caused their cancer. In some cases, plaintiffs are arguing that there is asbestos in the talc and that J&J knew about the contamination for decades. In many of these cases, women are claiming that using J&J’s talcum powder in their genital areas caused their ovarian cancer.

GoldenbergLaw is investigating claims in which an individual was diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma after extensive talcum powder use. Call us or fill out the contact form below. We deliver the Gold standard advocacy you deserve.

Johnson & Johnson Subpoenaed Over Baby Powder Concerns

On Wednesday, February 20, Johnson & Johnson revealed that the company received subpoenas from the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The subpoenas are related to the litigation regarding alleged asbestos contamination in J&J’s baby powder.

Johnson & Johnson has said it will “cooperate fully with these inquiries and will continue to defend the Company in the talc-related litigation.”

This follows a Reuters report from December 2018 that stated Johnson & Johnson knew its talcum powder contained asbestos. On that day, J&J’s shares dropped significantly, losing $40 billion in market value.

J&J shares fell another 2.1 after news broke that it was being subpoenaed.

Contact GoldenbergLaw if you or a loved one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma after years of extensive talcum powder use. We deliver the Gold standard advocacy you deserve.

MESSAGE SENT: Jury Hammers Johnson & Johnson with $4.69 Billion Talcum Powder Verdict

It took a St. Louis jury less than 8 hours of deliberation to award $550 million in compensatory damages to 22 women who claimed Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder contains asbestos and substantially contributed to their development of ovarian cancer. It took that same jury less than an hour to hit J&J with $4.14 billion in punitive damages for failing to sufficiently warn consumers about the product’s cancer risks.

The message to J&J was clear: its signature product is not safe.

The trial started in early June and was the first multi-plaintiff trial in the St. Louis talcum powder litigation. Testimony spanned over five weeks and arguments centered on the question of whether J&J’s talc-based baby powder contains asbestos and whether consistent usage could lead to ovarian cancer. It marked the first St. Louis talcum powder trial to include the claim that J&J’s talc-based baby powder contains asbestos. In what was perhaps a telling sign, J&J’s talcum supplier Imerys settled with the 22 plaintiffs for $5 million prior to trial.

Judge's gavelJust over two weeks ago, plaintiffs’ counsel dropped a bombshell when they introduced evidence that J&J and Imerys had secretly funded a talcum powder study that dismissed claims that the product can cause ovarian cancer. Plaintiffs also introduced evidence that J&J has known its talcum powder could contain asbestos since the early 1970s yet failed to warn consumers of the potential risks.

Talc, which is considered “possibly carcinogenic” by the World Health Organization, is mined from the earth and can naturally form alongside asbestos. While J&J claimed their own internal testing consistently showed their talc-based baby powder did not contain asbestos, the jury ultimately sided with the plaintiffs’ studies showing that talcum powder can be laced with the toxic mineral.

The verdict is the fifth plaintiff win in the six trials in the St. Louis talcum powder litigation. All 22 plaintiffs had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and claimed that their disease was caused in part by years of perineal talcum powder usage. Sadly, six of the plaintiffs had already passed away.

GoldenbergLaw is currently investigating the use of talcum powder and its link to ovarian cancer.  Contact GoldenbergLaw for referral opportunities.

 

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