Johnson & Johnson chalks up another talc loss with $29M mesothelioma verdict

  • Johnson & Johnson chalks up another talc loss with $29M mesothelioma verdict

Johnson & Johnson chalks up another talc loss with $29M mesothelioma verdict

The nine-week trial that began on January 7 involved a jury that deliberated for two days before delivering the verdict in California Superior Court in Oakland, the report said.

The ruling sets an obvious precedent for the pharma and consumer goods giant as it faces thousands of lawsuits from other plaintiffs for similar reasons.

Two previous cases have led to victories against the conglomerate, including a July 2018 multi-plaintiff ovarian cancer case that awarded $4.69 billion in damages to the victims.

Jurors found that J&J's talc-based products used by Leavitt were defective and that the company had failed to warn consumers of the health risks, awarding $29.4 million in damages to Leavitt and her husband. It has more than two dozen trials scheduled around the United States this year.

In its latest trial-court loss, a jury in California on Wednesday ordered J&J to pay $29 million to a woman who claimed her routine use of J&J's talc caused her mesothelioma, according to reports.

Johnson & Johnson says tests by regulators worldwide have shown that its talc is safe and asbestos-free. This suit is the first to go to trial since December articles by Reuters and The New York Times alleged the company feared for years that its baby powder might contain asbestos. "The jury verdicts are not medical, scientific or regulatory conclusions about a product", it said. "We believe these issues will warrant a reversal on appeal". "The internal J&J documents that the jury saw, once more laid bare the shocking truth of decades of cover-up, deception and concealment by J&J".

It cited problems with legal procedure and evidence, and said lawyers for the plaintiffs failed to show that the powder contains asbestos, noting that "their own experts concede that they are not recognizing the accepted definition of asbestos and are ignoring crucial distinctions between minerals that are asbestos and minerals that are not".

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on the fallout from a report that Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder contained asbestos and the company was aware of it for decades.

Another juror, Anu Agarwal, a product manager in Castro Valley, said J&J was irresponsible for failing to adequately follow up on studies that showed the presence of asbestos in Baby Powder.

"I don't think they made a good case" that J&J's Baby Powder "contained a significant enough amount of asbestos contamination to cause the illness", she said.