A California state jury recently handed down a substantial $12 million verdict on behalf of a plaintiff who claims she developed a deadly form of cancer after being exposed to carcinogens in various talc-based products developed by the defendants. The jury handed down the verdict in the mesothelioma cancer lawsuit against defendants pharmaceutical and cosmetics giant Johnson & Johnson, Colgate Palmolive, and Avon Products (which was not named as a defendant).
The Alameda County Superior Court jury voted 11-1 to award the plaintiff $4.8 million in damages for the harm caused by Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Colgate Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet. The total damages included $150,000 for past medical expenses, $75,000 for future medical bills, $1.2 million for economic income loss, $490,000 for lost household services, $3.5 million for pain, suffering, anxiety and loss of enjoyment of life, and $6.5 million for future pain, suffering, and anxiety.
The plaintiff claimed she developed deadly mesothelioma cancer as a result of decades of exposure to asbestos in the talc-based products developed and marketed by the defendants. The lawsuit alleged the defendants’ use of asbestos-contaminated talc amounted to negligence, the products failed to perform safely, and despite knowing the risks, the companies chose not to provide consumers with warnings about asbestos exposure.
Jurors assigned Colgate-Palmolive 40% blame in the case, Johnson & Johnson 30%, and Avon Products 20% though the judge hearing the case had dismissed Avon as a party before the jury deliberated. The verdict is the latest in a series of defeats for Johnson & Johnson, which faces an estimated 14,000 other talcum powder cancer lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country..
Both talc and asbestos are naturally occurring minerals that can often be found side by side one another in deposits. While talc does not contain asbestos, contamination can take place due to the proximity it often shares with the substance. If companies mining and processing talc do not exercise reasonable care to prevent asbestos contamination, consumers may unknowingly be put at risk for developing serious health conditions.
Across the country, juries have handed down over $5 billion in total compensation to asbestos cancer victims who claim their conditions are caused by asbestos fibers in talcum powder products produced by Johnson & Johnson. The most serious condition associated with asbestos exposure is mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer that commonly affects thin linings of tissue surrounding vital organs like the heart, lungs, and abdomen.
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