Monthly Archives: June 2018

Family of Texas Petroleum Worker Files Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuit Against Phillips 66

The family of a deceased Texas petroleum worker recently filed a mesothelioma cancer lawsuit against the victim’s employer, Phillips 66, over allegations that the company knew about dangerous working conditions, including asbestos exposure, but did nothing to warn employees. The plaintiffs’ lawsuit asks the court to award exemplary damages (sometimes referred to as punitive damages) for what they deem to be especially egregious behavior on the part of the defendant.

According to the asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in Jefferson County District Court, the deceased worked from 1955 to 1979 for Phillips Petroleum at the company’s Bogner facility as an insulator, during which time he was exposed to asbestos. As a result of the exposure to asbestos, the victim developed mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer that commonly affects the body’s vital organs like the heart, lungs, and abdomen. In January 2017, the victim passed away due to his condition, which the lawsuit alleges was a painful experience.

The plaintiffs claim that Phillips Petroleum was well aware of the dangers employees faced while working with asbestos and other carcinogens but did not put in place reasonable safety measures to prevent foreseeable health consequences or warning employees about the risks. This indifference to worker safety was tantamount to an act of malice, and Phillips Petroleum should therefore be subject to severe punishment, according to the plaintiffs.

Industrial Jobs and Risk of Asbestos

 Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral once used in a variety of industrial, commercial, and military applications for its heat-resistant properties and ability to be formed into almost any shape to meet the appropriate application. Unfortunately, the widespread use of asbestos in insulation, pipe fitting, and gasket making exposed tens of thousands of innocent men and women to the very real dangers of developing mesothelioma.

Although use of asbestos has been heavily regulated by the federal government since the mid-1970s, companies had known for decades about the serious health risks associated with asbestos exposure but did nothing to warn employees or consumers. Now, decades later, thousands of people receive a mesothelioma diagnosis each year, which is directly linked to the exposure they endured in years past.

While nothing can undo the harm of a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis, filing a lawsuit can help recover much needed compensation for vital medical care and lost wages incurred while battling the disease. Furthermore, an asbestos cancer lawsuit can hold wrongdoers accountable for creating their harmful products and knowingly exposing the public to a known carcinogen just for the sake of turning a profit and increasing a company’s bottom line.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced nationwide mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

 

 

Asbestos Talcum Powder Lawsuit Goes to Trial in South Carolina

The trial in an asbestos cancer lawsuit recently began in South Carolina, pitting the survivors of a mesothelioma patient against Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, and the outlet of Rite Aid. The trial begins on the heels of a substantial multi-million dollar verdict handed down by a New Jersey jury last month in a case brought by another mesothelioma victim who claimed that use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products resulted in a mesothelioma diagnosis.

According to the talcum powder asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in Darlington County Court of Common Pleas, the 30-year-old victim passed away from a very rare form of cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products for decades sold by Rite Aid. In addition to filing suit against Johnson & Johnson for marketing the product and Rite Aid for distributing it, the plaintiffs filed suit against Imerys Talc, which supplied the key ingredients used.

The plaintiff’s surviving family members, who filed the claim on her behalf, claim the victim used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products nearly every day of her life and that these products were contaminated with asbestos. Asbestos and talc are naturally occuring minerals often found in deposits side by side with each other, and the former is directly associated with developing mesothelioma and other deadly diseases.

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that commonly affects the thin linings of tissues surrounding vital organs like the lungs, heart, and abdomen. Mesothelioma usually takes 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos to develop, and by the time doctors diagnose the illness, victims are often left with diminished treatment options to improve their health.

In April 2018, a Middlesex, New Jersey Superior Court jury handed down a $37 million judgement for medical bills and pain and suffering against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc. The same jury also determined the defendants acted with extreme recklessness and awarded an additional $80 million in punitive damages to compensate the plaintiffs and punish the defendants for their negligent behavior. Johnson & Johnson faces dozens of similar lawsuits brought by other victims across the country and continues to deny liability in those claims instead of compensating victims appropriately.

While no amount of money can undo a mesothelioma diagnosis, the law allows victims and their surviving family members to file mesothelioma cancer lawsuits against asbestos companies to recover vital compensation to pay for medical treatment. Furthermore, some asbestos companies were required to set up asbestos bankruptcy trusts with which victims may file administrative claims to recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

 

California Jurors Find Johnson & Johnson Acted with Malice in Asbestos Talcum Powder Lawsuit

A California jury recently awarded a plaintiff $4 million in punitive damages after determining that pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson acted with malice when it produced and sold talcum powder products contaminated with deadly asbestos fibers. The punitive damages award comes just days after the same jury handed down a substantial $21.7 million in compensatory damages in a case which is Johnson & Johnson’s second trial loss in as many months.

The 68-year-old plaintiff in the case claimed she developed mesothelioma cancer as a result of decades of using talc-based products sold by Johnson & Johnson. While Johnson & Johnson has denied any liability in the case, the company faces thousands of other lawsuits across the country brought by victims claiming they developed mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, and other cancers after using talcum powder products.

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that commonly affects the thin linings of tissue surrounding vital organs like the lungs, abdomen, and heart. Due to the latency period of the disease, many asbestos cancer victims do not show symptoms for 20 to 50 years, which leaves them with diminished treatment options. Even though medical science continues to make progress every day with treatments, there is still no definitive cure for a mesothelioma diagnosis.

In addition to filing her asbestos cancer lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, the victim and her husband named Imerys SA, Cyprus Amax Minerals, a unit of Brenntag, Honeywell International and other talc suppliers as defendants, but held that Johnson & Johnson was responsible for two-thirds of the plaintiff’s harm. In April 2018, a Middlesex County, New Jersey Superior Court jury ordered Imerys Talc America and Johnson & Johnson to pay the plaintiffs in a mesothelioma talcum powder cancer lawsuit $37 million, holding Johnson and Johnson 70% responsible and Imerys 30% responsible.

Although talc does not contain asbestos itself, the two minerals are often found in natural deposits side by side, which can cause contamination. Despite Congress passing laws decades ago holding that talc products must be asbestos-free, juries across the country have held that many companies like Johnson & Johnson continue to produce asbestos-contaminated cosmetics products that put the public at risk.

While no amount of money can undo a mesothelioma diagnosis, filing a lawsuit against asbestos companies can hold wrongdoers accountable for their indifference to public safe as well as recover much needed compensation for lost wages and medical bills. Even in cases in which the victim has passed away due to his or her illness, survivors may be able to continue the lawsuit on their behalf and continue the fight in a court of law.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.