California Jury Grants a $12 Million Award to the Plaintiff of a Johnson & Johnson Talc LawsuitJune 14, 2019
A California jury recently awarded a 61-year-old woman $12 million, ending a contentious talcum powder trial and sending a clear message to Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Colgate-Palmolive (Colgate).1
On June 12th, the jury announced that J&J and Colgate were each 40 percent liable for the plaintiff’s mesothelioma, with 20 percent of the liability being assigned to Avon Products, Inc., a company not named as a defendant in the case.
The $12 million award represented compensatory damages, as the jury reportedly deadlocked on questions regarding malice. So, they declined to award punitive damages in this case.
While J&J and Colgate have announced that they intend to appeal the verdict, the plaintiff’s lawyers also indicated that they will file post-trial motions regarding punitive damages.
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According to court documents, the plaintiff allegedly used J&J’s talcum powder, Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet, and Avon’s Night Magic throughout her life. In 2018, this retired school teacher was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly form of lung cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure.
Through the course of the two-month trial, the plaintiff’s attorneys successfully demonstrated that:
- J&J’s talc powder and Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet contained asbestos.
- Use of these asbestos-containing products was directly responsible for causing the plaintiff’s mesothelioma.
- J&J and Colgate knew that their products contained asbestos and continued selling these products anyways, without warning the public about the risks.
- J&J and Colgate prioritized their own profits over public safety, ethics, and the law.
After weeks of deliberation, the jury ultimately agreed with the plaintiff, issuing the $12 million verdict that ended the trial.
$12M Verdict Marks 3rd Major Loss for J&J in Talc Lawsuits
The recent $12 million award from a California jury marks the third major verdict within the last two years against J&J in talc powder lawsuits. Prior to this loss, J&J has been ordered to pay:
- $29.4 million: In March 2019, a California jury awarded a woman $24.9 million and her spouse $5 million in a talcum powder lawsuit. The woman had allegedly developed mesothelioma after using J&J’s talc products for 20 years.
- $117 million: In April 2018, a New Jersey jury awarded a man $110 million and his wife $7 million in a J&J talc lawsuit. The man had reportedly been diagnosed with mesothelioma after using J&J’s talc powder for more than 30 years.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and has a history of using products that contain talcum powder:
- You may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.
- The sooner you consult with an experienced lawyer, the sooner you can take action to hold J&J (and/or other companies) liable for the harm their products have caused you.
A talc and asbestos lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm is ready to explain your rights and evaluate your potential claim during a free, no-obligation consultation. While we know that money can’t reverse mesothelioma, we also know how compensation from these cases can help people heal and focus on their recovery.
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To find out more about your legal options and potential talcum powder lawsuit, contact the experienced product liability attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm. We can help you pursue all available legal remedies if you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma after using talcum powder and being exposed to asbestos.
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1: Patricia Schmitz v. Johnson & Johnson (Alameda County Superior Court, Case No. RG18923615)