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Baby Powder Lawsuits Update: Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $37.3 Million

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  September 23, 2019   |  

Johnson & Johnson suffered a stinging defeat in a New Jersey courtroom this week when a jury ordered the company to pay $37.3 million over allegations its baby powder caused cancer.

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Lawsuit - Mesothelioma Cancer RiskJohnson & Johnson is facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that asbestos-contaminated talcum powder caused mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.

In the latest lawsuit tried in New Jersey Superior Court, one of four plaintiffs, D’Angella McNeill, reported using Johnson & Johnson baby powder from the time she was an infant until she was 21 years old. At age 38, she was diagnosed with mesothelioma — a rare and deadly cancer often caused by exposure to asbestos.

McNeill lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

“This jury clearly thoughtfully considered the evidence … and they had no trouble seeing the truth by the end: that there was and is asbestos in Johnson’s talc powder products.” -Chris Panatier, plaintiffs’ attorney

Johnson & Johnson denies the allegations and has vowed to appeal the latest verdict. In a statement issued after the ruling, the company noted that all previous verdicts it has appealed have been overturned.

“Johnson’s baby powder does not contain asbestos nor does it cause cancer,” the company said in a statement issued after the ruling.

Despite its success in appeals courts, Johnson & Johnson has suffered several high-profile defeats in recent years.

In 2018, a St. Louis jury awarded more than $4.7 billion in damages to 22 women who claimed that asbestos-contaminated Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused their ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson is currently appealing that decision.

Do you have a case for a Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuit?

You or a loved one may qualify for a J&J Baby Powder / talcum powder lawsuit if you meet the following criteria:

  • Must have used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower talcum powder for 4+ years continuously in the general area
  • Must be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, mesothelioma, or endometroid ovarian cancer
  • Must have been diagnosed in 2009 or later
  • Must have used talcum powder before menopause

Baby Powder Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson

The talcum powder lawsuits are by no means over.

As of early 2019, more than 12,000 lawsuits had been filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging that asbestos-contaminated talcum powder contributed to mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.

At least 26 more cases will go to trial by the end of the year.

With potentially more multi-million-dollar judgments on the horizon, Johnson & Johnson may face continued pressure to negotiate a settlement. While Johnson & Johnson continues to deny the allegations, Bloomberg Intelligence litigation analyst Holly Froums estimates the company may ultimately pay as much as $20 billion to resolve all pending cases.

Have you been diagnosed with mesothelioma or ovarian cancer after exposure to Johnson & Johnson baby powder?

Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit Attorneys - Riddle & BrantleyIf you’ve been exposed to Johnson & Johnson baby powder and diagnosed with mesothelioma or ovarian cancer, you may be entitled to compensation.

For a FREE consultation and case review with our talcum powder attorneys, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the short form below.

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