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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Huge Verdict in Talc Lawsuit Trouble for Johnson & Johnson

What is the likely effect of a verdict for the plaintiff in the ongoing Johnson & Johnson litigation?

For generations many individual have relied on baby powder to keep themselves and their children dry and comfortable throughout the day. Unfortunately, it now seems that the main ingredient in baby powder, talc, has been linked to an increased risk for ovarian cancer in women. What’s more is that it seems one of the largest manufacturers of baby powder, Johnson & Johnson, was aware of the risk and continued to produce and sell talc based baby powder anyway. Now, the company is subject to thousands of lawsuits by those claiming that exposure to talc led to their cancer. A large verdict in one Missouri lawsuit is likely to set the tone for cases to be decided in the future.

Jackie Fox of Birmingham, Alabama, joined a lawsuit with approximately 60 other plaintiffs against Johnson & Johnson. She claimed that her hygienic use of the company’s baby powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer. She eventually succumbed to the cancer and died while the lawsuit was going on. Her son, Marvin Satler, represented his mother in the lawsuit after her death. At the heart of the lawsuit was an internal document showing that the company was or should have been aware of the dangers of talc as early as 1997. It took a civil jury 5 hours to decide that Satler was entitled to  $72 million verdict. The award was comprised of $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages.

Although Johnson & Johnson is expected to appeal the decision and experts say the damages are likely to be scaled down, the award sets the tone for the over 1,000 pending lawsuits against the cosmetics company.

It is a sad reality, but sometimes the products we know and trust and use every day are the ones that can hurt us the most. If you or someone you love has been injured by the use of talc powder, or exposure to any other toxic substance, you might have a personal injury claim. Regardless of where you live, it is best to contact a qualified toxic tort attorney in your area today.


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