Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Cancer patient wins $30 million in lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson

Cancer patient wins $30 million in lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson

The man's wife was also awarded $7 million in damages.

The verdict of liability in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick came as J&J fights thousands of cases claiming its talc products can also cause ovarian cancer.

Talcum powder is made from talc, a soft mineral found in deposits often located near asbestos deposits. Studies have shown there is a risk of cross-contamination during mining.

Exposure to asbestos fibers has been linked to mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart.

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In addition, Lanzo's attorneys presented testimony from William Longo, an electron microscopist and expert in materials science, who testified that he found asbestos in more than half of the 32 samples of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products that he tested.

In August, an Alabama woman who claimed the products gave her ovarian cancer was awarded $72 million.

J&J won the first case to go trial over mesothelioma claims tied to its baby powder when a California jury ruled in November that the product wasn't responsible for causing a 61-year-old woman's cancer.

In five trials in Missouri, juries found the company liable four times and awarded the plaintiffs a total of $307 million. "JOHNSON'S Baby Powder products contain only U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) grade talc, which meets the highest quality, purity and compliance standards", a statement on the company's website reads.

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One of Lanzo's lawyers, Moshe Maimon of Levy Konigsberg in NY, told the jury in his closing argument of a 1969 company memo that was introduced into evidence.

A key piece of evidence for the prosecution was an internal memo from 1969 in which a scientist specifically mentioned asbestos contamination in the company's talc.

Johnson & Johnson said its talc products do not contain asbestos, which, it noted, has been a legal requirement since the 1970s. A seven-woman jury in Middlesex County found both J&J and Imerys concealed the asbestos in their products, which files from Lanzo's legal team indicate they may have anxious about as early as 1969, per Bloomberg. It found J&J was responsible for 70 percent of the damages and said a unit of France-based Imerys SA (IMTP.PA), its talc supplier, was responsible for 30 percent.

Under New Jersey law, jurors had to assess how much responsibility J&J and Imerys bore for Lanzo's injuries.

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Imerys Talc reportedly intends to appeal the decision.

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