Monthly Archives: July 2019

California Jury Hands Down $12 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson, Colgate Palmolive, Avon Products

 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

AMERICA’S TOP 100 HIGH STAKES LITIGATORS® – MICHAEL THRONEBERRY

Announcing the selection of Michael Throneberry among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2019.  Selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters.

To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake. These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration.  Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.

Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®.  With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor — truly the most exclusive and elite level of attorneys in the community.

Class Action Lawsuit Alleges San Diego Fire Department Exposed Workers to Asbestos

A proposed class action lawsuit was recently filed in a California court accusing the San Diego Fire Department of exposing hundreds of firefighters and other fire department employees to asbestos at the city’s training facility. This is the first legal action to accuse the city of endangering workers’ health at the Fire Academy since local news outlets began investigating the issues with asbestos at the facility in February.

The 28-page complaint alleges that the city committed negligence when it exposed more than 500 current and former employees to toxic asbestos fibers contained in building materials inside a downtown San Diego office building. Part of the complaint reads, “Shortly after construction began, city employees began to experience the effects of various air quality problems with the building’s construction, including a dramatic decline in air quality and widespread dust throughout their work areas.”

The asbestos exposure lawsuit goes on to claim that employees suffered from “serious, genuine and reasonable fear of toxin-related cancer and associated respiratory conditions,” including fits of coughing, burning throats, and lung issues. Furthermore, the city would not move its training to another location for fear of suffering financial repercussions from breaking the lease with the facility’s owners but only did so after the an Diego’s Air Pollution Control District inspected the building and found measurable amounts of asbestos.

However, some of the employees who suffered asbestos exposure at the downtown facility were relocated to another facility plagued by the same types of conditions. Most of those were with San Diego Fire-Rescue and were moved to San Diego’s Fire Academy Building 89, located in the old Naval Training Center (NTC). Media reports indicate this facility too was known to have a history of asbestos issues, but the city allowed the firefighters to work at the facility nonetheless.

Currently, the asbestos exposure lawsuit has 20 named employees but seeks class action status to allow up to potentially 550 other current and former workers to join the claim and seek compensation for their own damages. The asbestos exposure lawsuit seeks punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, lifetime medical insurance for the workers and regular monitoring to determine whether they contracted cancer as a result of the asbestos exposure.

One of the most serious health conditions associated with asbestos exposure is developing a rare and deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma. The disease commonly affects the thin lining of tissue surrounding vital organs such as the lungs, abdomen, and heart. While researchers continue to make progress in treating the disease, there is currently no known cure for mesothelioma and remission periods are often brief.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

If you or a loved one were 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.