Thousands May Be Eligible To File Suit
Produced by various law firms, most TV ads on the topic advise mesothelioma patients to contact an experienced attorney immediately. If these new allegations against Johnson & Johnson are true, thousands of mesothelioma patients across the country could be eligible to pursue valuable financial compensation against the company.
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Why Are Mesothelioma Patients Filing Lawsuits?
Thousands of women have already filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, saying the company's talcum powder products, like Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, cause ovarian cancer. Now, a new wave of lawsuits has emerged, in which mesothelioma patients accuse the multinational corporation of concealing the asbestos content in its talc.
Corporate Documents Suggest Knowledge Of Asbestos
This new litigation was directly inspired by the ovarian cancer litigation. Internal corporate documents discovered during the course of litigation appear to show executives at Johnson & Johnson admitting that asbestos fibers had been found in the company's talc supply from Vermont.
Is Johnson & Johnson Lying To The Public?
In public, Johnson & Johnson has maintained that asbestos has never been found in the company's talc. But these internal corporate documents seem to directly contradict those statements, as scientists at the company advise Vermont-based talc miners to adopt new procedures to filter asbestos out of their talc.
Attorneys Say J&J's Talc Supply Was Contaminated
Attorneys have drawn a shocking conclusion from these revelations, claiming that Johnson & Johnson's talc supply, at least through the 1970s and 1980s, was contaminated with asbestos, the only known cause of mesothelioma, a virulent form of cancer that attacks the tissue lining of organs. If true, thousands upon thousands of mesothelioma cases could be attributable to talc exposure.
Major Verdicts For Mesothelioma Patients
Some of these new talc-mesothelioma lawsuits have already gone to trial. In California and New Jersey, juries have heard the evidence, weighing Johnson & Johnson's share of the blame for an apparent failure to notify the public of talc's asbestos content. And, while most TV commercials don't mention it, two juries have already found Johnson & Johnson liable for cases of mesothelioma.
On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, a jury for the Los Angeles Superior Court in California ordered Johnson & Johnson, along with three of the company's main talc suppliers, to pay $25.75 million in compensation to a couple who linked decades of talc powder exposure to a case of pleural mesothelioma, according to CNN. In their lawsuit, the couple called on Johnson & Johnson to discontinue talc-based body powders, noting the existence of a readily-available and safe alternative, corn starch, that is already on the market.
A little more than one month earlier, jurors in New Jersey had come to a similar conclusion. Ruling in the case of a couple who blamed talc-based body powders for mesothelioma, the New Jersey jury ordered Johnson & Johnson and Imerys SA, a talc supplier, to pay $117 million in damages to a banker stricken by the deadly disease. The jury's verdict includes $80 million in punitive damages, which are designed as a punishment for particularly unscrupulous corporate conduct.
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Were you or a loved one diagnosed with mesothelioma after years of using one of Johnson & Johnson's talc-based body powders? Our experienced product liability attorneys may be able to help. Learn more about your legal options today in a free consultation. Some mesothelioma patients may be eligible to pursue legal action. Surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Find more information - at no cost and no obligation - now.