Litigation Update: Johnson & Johnson Talc Trials

by | May 24, 2019

Last week, two talc cases against Johnson & Johnson came to a close with very different results. Johnson & Johnson has been under fire recently with lawsuits stating their talc products, which includes their baby powder and Shower to Shower products, contain asbestos.

In New York, a woman filed suit against J&J because she believed using their baby powder products caused pleural mesothelioma to develop in the lining of her lungs. The jury ruled in favor of the plaintiff awarding her $25 million in compensatory damages and still-to-be-determined punitive damages.

In South Carolina, the plaintiff in another talc case stated use of baby powder led to a more rare form of the cancer, peritoneal mesothelioma, which effects the lining of the stomach. After a weeklong trial the jury sided with J&J.

Previous trials have resulted in mixed verdicts, with some cases being decided in J&Js favor and others being decided in favor of the plaintiffs, including one multi-plaintiff trial that resulted in a $4.69 billion verdict.

With an estimated 13,000 claims against J&J related to their talc products, trials are likely to continue.

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