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Jury finds against Johnson & Johnson in mesothelioma case

A California woman who used Johnson & Johnson talc products for decades has been awarded $29 million by a jury. The woman was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017.

The jury found that Johnson & Johnson’s talc products caused the mesothelioma and that the company failed to warn consumers about the dangers of using talc.

Blockbuster reporting

This is the first case tried since Reuters and the New York Times reported in December 2018 that Johnson & Johnson feared for years that the talc in its products also contained asbestos.

Johnson & Johnson continues to deny that its products contain asbestos or are responsible for any cases of mesothelioma. It also faces charges that the talc products caused ovarian cancer. In all, Johnson & Johnson faces more than 13,000 talc-related lawsuits.

The company plans to appeal the verdict from the California Superior Court in Oakland.

Asbestos can form naturally underground near talc. The reporting found that the company was warned of asbestos contamination of talc as early as the 1970s.

The California jury found Johnson & Johnson 98 percent at fault for the woman’s mesothelioma while the mining company was 2 percent at fault.

Other verdicts

A case similar to the California case is ongoing in New Jersey. Another trial is underway in Oklahoma.

In 2018, a jury awarded 22 women $4.7 billion after they alleged Johnson & Johnson’s talc products caused ovarian cancer. More than $4 billion of the award was in punitive damages.

Most other mesothelioma cases brought against the company have ended in mistrial or with defense verdicts.

If you or a loved one suffers from mesothelioma or asbestosis, or you have been exposed to asbestos through your job, military service or decades of exposure through talc-based products, it’s a good idea to get advice from a qualified, experienced attorney.

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