NJ couple awareded $37M in Johnson & Johnson baby powder cancer case

NJ couple awareded $37M in Johnson & Johnson baby powder cancer case

NJ couple awareded $37M in Johnson & Johnson baby powder cancer case

J&J won the first case to go trial over mesothelioma claims tied to its baby powder when a California jury ruled in November that the product wasn't responsible for causing a 61-year-old woman's cancer.

Johnson & Johnson and other talcum powder companies face thousands of separate but related cases that draw a connection between genital talc use and ovarian cancer.

Stephen Lanzo says he used Johnson & Johnson products for decades, including products with talcum powder (e.g., the company's famous baby powder), and that his aggressive form of lung cancer was brought about by that powder.

Nonetheless, the jury in Middlesex County Superior court found J&J responsible for 70% of the damages and France-based Imerys responsible for 30 percent of the damages.

J&J continues to deny claims that its products ever contained traces of asbestos fibers or cause cancer.

The historic verdict comes six months after a Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled in favor of J&J in the first trial aiming to link the company's products to mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused nearly exclusively by exposure to asbestos.

"While we are disappointed with this decision, the jury has further deliberations to conduct in this trial and we will reserve additional comment until the case is fully completed", Johnson & Johnson said in a statement.

JNJ stock fell 2.5% on Friday.

Colgate-Palmolive Co. agreed previous year to settle a lawsuit claiming its talcum-powder products caused a Pennsylvania woman to develop mesothelioma.

Johnson & Johnson now faces more than 6,600 talc-related lawsuits.

In August, an Alabama woman who claimed the products gave her ovarian cancer was awarded $72 million.

Lanzo said that he regularly used the talc powder products since his 1972, the year he was born, to around 2003.

In the nation's first trial where a jury linked Johnson & Johnson's talc products to mesothelioma, the company's efforts to discredit the plaintiffs' evidence simply fell flat.

Brock accused Lanzo's attorneys of "twisting themselves into pretzels" to link talc exposure to his mesothelioma, arguing that Lanzo was exposed to asbestos from a variety of sources, including pipes in his childhood home, and from asbestos-abatement projects in the school he attended. The scientist warned the health-care company should ready itself for litigation if the information became public.

Jurors in a court located less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) from J&J's headquarters awarded Lanzo $30 million for his pain and suffering.

Imerys Talc reportedly intends to appeal the decision. The sample, according to reports, showed the presence of a type of asbestos used commercially, but never associated with previous talc claims.

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