In these trials, J&J settled three women’s lawsuits which blamed asbestos in the talc for their mesothelioma.
More than 11,000 people have filed lawsuits against J&J alleging it’s products have caused them to develop cancers such as mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Johnson & Johnson is the world’s largest manufacturer of talc products. In 2017, their annual report showed that they had more than $76 billion in sales.
It’s no secret that Johnson & Johnson has known for decades that asbestos lurked in its baby powder products. They continue to deny that its talc causes cancer, stating that there are numerous tests and studies by regulators around the world who have shown its talc to be asbestos-free and safe.
However, on March 27, 2019, there were three separate trials held in Oklahoma, Los Angeles, and New York. In these trials, J&J settled three women’s lawsuits which blamed asbestos in the talc for their mesothelioma.
3 Trials Settled by J&J
One of the plaintiffs was Sharon Pipes, a 77-year-old woman who was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2017. Her attorneys claimed that she used J&J products for 50 years. The second plaintiff, Gail Koretoff, a 36-year-old woman in Los Angeles who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure from J&J’s talcum powder. The third settlement involved Jenny Shulman, a 41-year-old woman who stated that she also developed peritoneal mesothelioma due to her use of J&J talc powder.
J&J Wins One in NJ
Also on March 27, 2019, Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick, NJ ruled in favor of J&J in the lawsuit filed by Ricardo Rimondi and his wife. Their claim was that there was a link between his development of mesothelioma and asbestos found in J&J products. However, in a unanimous decision, the jury found J&J’s talc to be free of asbestos and that it was not the cause of Rimondi’s cancer.
Contact an Attorney to Discuss Your Case
If you or a loved one developed either mesothelioma or ovarian cancer due to the use of J&J products, contact the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann. When we take your case, we make recovering benefits for you our priority, and we put decades of experience, a proven record of success and a client-focused approach behind your case.