Johnson & Johnson Loses Talcum Powder Trial

On Thursday, A New Jersey jury ordered Johnson & Johnson and another company to pay $37 million in damages in a talcum powder lawsuit. The plaintiff, New Jersey resident Stephen Lanzo, says he developed mesothelioma from inhaling Johnson’s Baby Powder, through regular use of the product for decades.

Lanzo was awarded $30 million, while his wife was awarded $7 million in compensatory damages. The jury found J&J 70% responsible. The company’s France-based talc supplier, Imerys SA, was found 30% responsible for the damages.

They jury will convene again Tuesday to determine whether to award punitive damages. Johnson & Johnson continues to claim its product does not contain asbestos or cause cancer. Imerys plans to appeal the verdict and also maintained that Johnson’s Baby Powder did not cause the plaintiff’s cancer. J&J currently faces 6,610 lawsuits related to its talc products.

“It’s astonishing that these companies continue to argue their products are safe, amid such a high number of lawsuits,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured by a defective product and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

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