Johnson & Johnson is surrounded by controversy over the case of asbestos in their talcum powder. Ever since the company began selling its popular Baby Powder, the number of cases of people developing cancer due to prolonged asbestos exposure is growing.
Law firms like Kazan McClain Satterley & Greenwood and Levy Konigsberg LLP have helped people who filed the New Jersey state trial against Johnson & Johnson rake in compensations that total up to 117 million dollars.
Shocking new details reveal that the company knew about the detrimental effects of asbestos when inhaled by users, by attempted to sweep it under the carpet. As a result, the trial is also against the company’s talc supplier, who held official company documents that supported claims of the talcum powder containing harmful amounts of the carcinogenic. After failing to warn women about the harm of using their hygienic product Shower to Shower, Johnson & Johnson has landed itself into a lawsuit that cost them over 4 billion dollars.
The two firms were representing Stephen Lanzo III and his spouse. They used the revealing documents to allege that the company knew about the toxic nature of the mineral going into their talcum powder. They also alleged that Johnson & Johnson consciously failed to solve the issue, only to create a biased testing method that only detected asbestos levels if they were higher than a specific level. To make matters worse, the company was actively lying and deceiving the U.S. FDA.
In April, Jurors discovered that the brand’s talc-based products, such as baby powder, contained traces of the harmful mineral. They also concluded that the plaintiff’s constant exposure to asbestos from 1972 up until 2003 is what caused him to develop mesothelioma.
Later on, in June, a judge rejected motions for the defense to focus on the jury’s decision against talc corporations. The verdict stated that that talc supplier owed 37 million dollars in damages and 80 million dollars in punitive damages.
To Jean Eggen, a Widener University Delaware Law School emeritus professor, revealing such documents greatly shifted the direction in which the case was going. Eggen said that evidence that comes directly from a defendant possesses far more gravitas than that which comes from a plaintiff. The Lanzos’ win is going to lead the way for other people who have had similar experiences with the brand and wanted to speak up about it.
Before the Lanzos’ attorneys filed the case in the December of 2016, they were in possession of documents that showed there was asbestos in the talc-based products. However, they didn’t have the company’s documents at the time. They received the internal documents after a couple of months when the brand and its talc suppliers submitted documents to the court.
The attorneys said that they already had knowledge of asbestos in the products, but learning that the brand already knew at the time raises other ethical concerns as well, completely changing the nature of the case from something that was mere negligence.
The documents reveal the entire story as to how the brand tried removing asbestos from the powder by looking for alternative sources of talc, and even purifying it to remove the carcinogens. Among the numerous documents, one revealed statement was that from healthcare a professional who predicted the future setbacks of having a toxic mineral in a hygiene product.
Once Johnson & Johnson learned that there was no way to clean out the talc entirely, they came up with a flawed testing system that only detected asbestos over a certain level. This so-called testing method classified millions of bottles of the product for sale as ‘free from carcinogens.’
After the revealing of the internal documents, it entirely contradicted the company’s statement that their products are fully asbestos-free. The defendants, on the other hand, are planning to reveal important evidence to the judge that will overturn the decision.
If you think that you or a family member has developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos through Johnson & Johnson talc products, it’s crucial that you call a lawyer. In this case, you can consult the Eichholz Law Firm’s ovarian cancer and mesothelioma lawyers to help you with your case.