Another verdict links talc baby powder to mesothelioma

Verdicts against Johnson & Johnson are piling up, linking its talc Baby Powder to mesothelioma.

Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been hit with a second multimillion-dollar lawsuit linking its popular Baby Powder to mesothelioma. As CNBC reports, a jury in California held J&J, along with a handful of other companies, liable for asbestos exposure caused by its Baby Powder product. The plaintiff in the case argued that her mesothelioma developed as a result of her long-term use of the Baby Powder. J&J's Baby Powder contains talc, which is often mined in close proximity to asbestos deposits. James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., are experts in asbestos-related cases and they can assist those who may be suffering from mesothelioma.

Baby Powder and asbestos

Controversy has raged for quite some time now about the link between J&J's Baby Powder and asbestos. Baby Powder is made from talc, which is a naturally occurring mineral. Talc, however, is often found near asbestos deposits and there are concerns that talc-based powders could be contaminated with asbestos.

That risk has led to calls for talc-based powders to carry warning labels. As CNN reports, some companies have begun applying these warning labels, including Assured's Shower & Bath Absorbent Body Powder. J&J, however, has refused to attach a warning label to its Baby Powder product and argues that its talc-based powders are free of asbestos.

Two verdicts link Baby Powder to asbestos

However, in the California case, the plaintiff argued that her mesothelioma, which is a lung disease linked to asbestos exposure, was a result of long-term use of J&J's Baby Powder. The plaintiff used the Baby Powder on her children during the 1970s and on herself in the 1980s. Her attorneys claimed that tests done on Baby Powder bottles she used turned up positive for asbestos.

The jury in that case sided with the plaintiff and awarded her close to $26 million in damages. J&J was held liable for a majority of the damages, while the rest was split between a handful of other companies.

This is the second case this year that has linked J&J's Baby Powder to asbestos. In April, a New Jersey jury awarded $117 million in damages to a man who also developed mesothelioma through, what he claimed, was exposure to J&J's Baby Powder.

J&J is also facing more than 9,000 claims that its Baby Powder is linked to ovarian cancer. The company is facing further claims, notably in South Carolina, concerning the Baby Powder's link to mesothelioma.

Representation for mesothelioma victims

Mesothelioma is a particularly devastating disease and one that may not manifest itself until years after the victim has been exposed to asbestos. For those who are suffering from mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases, it is important to talk to an attorney, such as James F. Humphreys & Associates, who expertize in asbestos cases. Compensation is often available for mesothelioma victims and an attorney can advise clients about the best way to pursue any claims they may be eligible for.