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Johnson & Johnson Aims for Dismissal of Talcum Powder Lawsuits

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  August 8, 2019   |  

A Kentucky jury has rejected claims that Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder contained asbestos and caused a woman’s mesothelioma.

Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuits - Riddle & Brantley (1)This is the sixth straight win for Johnson & Johnson in court in recent months, and a spokeswoman for the company said it is “pleased” with the decision.

According to reports, the jury reached its decision within 30 minutes following a trial that lasted two weeks.

Johnson & Johnson faces more than 14,000 lawsuits alleging that the company’s popular talc-based baby powder was contaminated by asbestos and caused ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

Both types of cancer are extremely aggressive and often deadly.

Not all juries have ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson.

In 2018, a St. Louis jury decided against the company, ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.69 billion to 22 plaintiffs. The company also recently lost verdicts awarding $325 million and $25 million to other alleged victims.

The baby powder cancer lawsuits represent some of the highest profile and closely watched mass tort cases in recent memory.

Will Johnson & Johnson baby powder cases be dismissed?

Johnson & Johnson hopes that the thousands of remaining lawsuits will be dismissed. A hearing to determine whether or not plaintiffs’ expert evidence can be used in court recently concluded, and a judge’s decision is expected soon.

In what is known as a “Daubert” hearing, J&J argued that the scientific evidence presented by plaintiffs has not been properly tested and cannot be considered reliable.

Product Liability Attorney - Riddle & Brantley - North CarolinaU.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson’s decision will almost certainly have a tremendous impact on the company’s bottom line — and thousands of plaintiffs’ shot at compensation for their claims.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, a lawyer for Johnson & Johnson said “there’s nowhere for these cases to go” if the judge rules in favor of the company.

Johnson & Johnson continues to deny that its talcum powder was contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos, calling its most recent court victory “consistent with the decades of clinical evidence and scientific studies by medical experts around the world that support the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.”

Have you been exposed to J&J baby powder and been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma?

If you’ve been exposed to Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder and diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, you may have an injury claim for compensation — and you deserve justice.

Our North Carolina talcum powder attorneys are actively evaluating these cases and would love to see if we can help you.

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