A month after settling a case at mid-trial in Alameda County, California, J&J put an end to a NY trial on February 25th, where plaintiff Laura Shanahan accused J&J’s baby powder of causing her pleural mesothelioma. The jury was relieved of their duties before they got a chance to hear the case. The amount of the settlement has not been disclosed. According to the testimony, Ms. Shanahan was a lifetime user of J&J’s powder, which she started using in early childhood and transitioned into adulthood.
Also in NY on February 25, Revlon, a manufacturer of cosmetic products, was hit with a lawsuit by Maryland resident Laura McDaniel. The plaintiff claims that she was exposed to Revlon’s Jean Nate talcum powder product, purchased for her by her father while he was employed by Revlon in NY. The plaintiff was diagnosed with mesothelioma in January. Ms. McDaniel is seeking $20 million in compensatory damages and $40 million in punitive damages.
Other chemical distributors were included in the lawsuit in addition to Revlon for failure to warn of the dangers of asbestos, which companies have known about since as early as the 1930s. Revlon introduced the Jean Nate product in 1935.