JOHNSON & JOHNSON (J&J) BABY POWDER AND OVARIAN CANCER

Adding to its legal woes from jury verdicts finding it liable for its talc products causing asbestos-related mesothelioma, drug giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was hit on July 12, 2018 with a $550 million verdict holding it liable for its baby powder causing ovarian cancer. The St Louis, Missouri jury made the award after a six-week trial where 22 women claimed there was asbestos in J&J Baby Powder and in Shower To Shower. Each woman was awarded $25 million, totalling $550 million. Another defendant, Imerys Talc America, which supplied talc to J&J, settled before trial. There have already been 6 verdicts for this disease and these products; 5 were for plaintiff. Three of the five verdicts have been overturned on appeal, however. This trial, though, emphasized the asbestos component in the talc, and plaintiffs proved the talc was contaminated with asbestos, and that J&J knew about it. The jury will now deliberate on whether J&J should also pay punitive damages.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with MESOTHELIOMA or with OVARIAN CANCER, and used any talc cosmetic or baby powders, please contact the Law Offices of James J. Pettit, LLC at (856) 834-5894 or james@jjpettitlaw.com.