Johnson & Johnson Told to Pay Mesothelioma Victim $300M in Punitive Damages
Nicole Winch | July 29, 2020
Johnson & Johnson is at the center of the newest wave of mesothelioma lawsuits: talc legal claims.
A year ago, a New York jury sided with a mesothelioma victim with a $325 million verdict against the corporation. The jury agreed with the woman’s claim that her exposure to the company’s talc-based baby powder led to her cancer.
The New York jury’s award of $300 million in punitive damages is among the largest in individual cases where the company is accused of their products posing a cancer risk.
This court decision brings the total to $325 million after the jury initially awarded the victim and her husband $25 million in compensatory damages. According to the couple’s attorney, the jury concluded that J&J knew for years that asbestos could be in their products and neglected to warn consumers. Asbestos can contaminate talc during the mining and manufacturing process. This risk has been present for decades.
Donna, the plaintiff in this case, recalls using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower daily for decades. Her story is similar to many others who developed mesothelioma after years of misplaced trust in these products.
This isn’t the first or last victim who has attributed the company for causing their cancer. Johnson & Johnson regularly loses multi-million-dollar verdicts and still faces thousands of lawsuits from plaintiffs across the United States for similar incidents. Just a few months ago, the company announced it would stop selling the talc version of its baby powder in the United States and Canada.
For people with mesothelioma due to talc exposure, this case should provide hope and inspiration. Courts are supporting these victims with compensation for their unwarranted cancer.
If you’d like to explore your legal options, contact the lawyers at Bullock Campbell Bullock & Harris. They can help you get started on a talc mesothelioma claim.