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Pharmaceutical and cosmetics giant Johnson & Johnson recently recalled 33,000 bottles of one of its talc-based products after regulators discovered trace amounts of asbestos fibers in samples taken from a bottle of Baby Powder purchased online. This is the first time Johnson & Johnson has issued such a recall for its iconic Baby Powder product and coincides with the first time the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced finding asbestos in the company’s talcum powder products.

The recall applied to one lot of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder produced and shipped in the United States back in 2018. On a recent call with reports, Johnson & Johnson’s head of Women’s Health in the company’s medical safety organization, called the asbestos finding “extremely unusual,” adding that it was “inconsistent with our testing to date.”

In its call with reporters, Johnson & Johnson stated that it received a report from the FDA on October 17 alerting the company about the asbestos contamination in the lot of Baby Powder tested and the company would begin an investigation into its manufacturing records. The company faces an estimated 14,000 lawsuits across the country in state and federal court over allegations Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products caused plaintiffs’ serious medical conditions.

A California state jury recently heard opening arguments in a new talcum powder asbestos cancer trial brought by a 48-year old woman who claims she developed her serious form of cancer after years of using talc-based products produced and marketed by the defendant. The mesothelioma cancer lawsuit claims pharmaceutical and cosmetics giant Johnson & Johnson knew its talcum powder products were contaminated with asbestos fibers but provided no warning to consumers about the dangers associated with using its products.

Attorneys for the plaintiff told jurors that for decades, the plaintiff was exposed to asbestos fibers in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower and that was the cause of her developing mesothelioma cancer. Johnson & Johnson, on the other hand, maintained that despite the overwhelming evidence showing the company knew its products have tested positive for asbestos, those products are safe for consumers and not to blame for the plaintiff’s condition.

The trial comes just weeks after a Los Angeles jury handed down a substantial $40.3 million verdict to a plaintiff and her husband alleging the victim’s mesothelioma cancer was also caused by exposure to asbestos fibers in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder. That latest lawsuit is just one of many that together have produced over $5 billion in total compensation to dozens of plaintiffs across the country who claim their cancer diagnoses were due to asbestos exposure from decades of using Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products.

The sixth talcum powder asbestos cancer lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is set for trial in a matter of days and will take place in a California state court to determine whether or not the company is liable for the victim’s injuries. The mesothelioma cancer lawsuit also names cosmetics company Chanel and talc supplier Imerys Talc USA as defendants for also producing carcinogenic products the plaintiff claims contributed to her terminal cancer diagnosis.

According to the asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the plaintiff developed mesothelioma as a result of years of asbestos exposure from using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, along with Chanel’s No. 5 After Bath Powder. The lawsuit claims both the companies’ products were manufactured with talc supplied from Imerys, which the parties knew to be contaminated with asbestos.

Johnson & Johnson faces thousands of other lawsuit across the country in which plaintiffs allege their serious medical conditions, including mesothelioma and other cancers, were caused by talc-based products produced by the company. The talcum powder cancer lawsuits claim Johnson & Johnson and its supplier were fully aware of the dangers posed by its talcum powder products but did not put any warning labels on packaging to alert consumers to the dangers.

Pharmaceutical and cosmetics giant Johnson & Johnson is facing three more asbestos cancer lawsuit trials across the country over allegations that the company’s talcum-based products caused various types of cancers developed by the plaintiffs. Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc USA, have recently lost a series of trials in which juries handed down substantial verdicts in favor of plaintiffs to compensate the victims for their mesothelioma cancer diagnoses.

In California, attorneys for both sides will soon give their closing arguments in an asbestos talcum powder cancer trial in a Los Angeles Superior Court room. In that case, the plaintiffs represent the estate of the cancer victim who allegedly passed away from a mesothelioma diagnosis brought on by years of using talcum powder products produced by Johnson & Johnson and sourced with materials from Imerys.

In South Carolina, Johnson & Johnson will soon give its opening statements in a talcum powder asbestos cancer lawsuit and will do the same a week later in a Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey. Those two upcoming trials also allege that Johnson & Johnson and talc supplier Imerys Talc USA knowingly produced and sold talcum powder products contaminated with asbestos fibers.

Personal care products company Colgate-Palmolive recently reached a settlement with a California man in a talcum powder asbestos cancer lawsuit on the verge of trial in state Superior Court. The terms of the settlement were not released in the case of the now 67-year-old man who claimed he developed his disease as a result of years of using talc-based products developed and sold by the defendant, which formerly did business as the Mennen Co. The two-sides resolved the case during a lunch break after spending several days selecting a jury for trial.

According to the mesothelioma cancer lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the plaintiff developed his mesothelioma cancer after decades of using asbestos-contaminated talcum powder products marketed by Colgate-Palmolive and Menen Co. The plaintiff claimed the defendant knew fully well about the asbestos contained in its Mennen Baby Powder but did nothing to warn consumers about the risks associated with exposure to the deadly carcinogen.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer directly linked to asbestos exposure. The disease can take several decades to show symptoms, known as the latency period, and commonly affects the thin linings of tissue surrounding vital organs like the lungs, abdomen, and heart. Due to the long latency period, mesothelioma patients often have diminished treatment options which can complicate the prognosis of their condition. While research continues on searching for a cure for the disease, none exists at this time.

The trial in an asbestos cancer lawsuit recently began in South Carolina, pitting the survivors of a mesothelioma patient against Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, and the outlet of Rite Aid. The trial begins on the heels of a substantial multi-million dollar verdict handed down by a New Jersey jury last month in a case brought by another mesothelioma victim who claimed that use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products resulted in a mesothelioma diagnosis.

According to the talcum powder asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in Darlington County Court of Common Pleas, the 30-year-old victim passed away from a very rare form of cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products for decades sold by Rite Aid. In addition to filing suit against Johnson & Johnson for marketing the product and Rite Aid for distributing it, the plaintiffs filed suit against Imerys Talc, which supplied the key ingredients used.

The plaintiff’s surviving family members, who filed the claim on her behalf, claim the victim used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products nearly every day of her life and that these products were contaminated with asbestos. Asbestos and talc are naturally occuring minerals often found in deposits side by side with each other, and the former is directly associated with developing mesothelioma and other deadly diseases.

A California jury recently awarded a plaintiff $4 million in punitive damages after determining that pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson acted with malice when it produced and sold talcum powder products contaminated with deadly asbestos fibers. The punitive damages award comes just days after the same jury handed down a substantial $21.7 million in compensatory damages in a case which is Johnson & Johnson’s second trial loss in as many months.

The 68-year-old plaintiff in the case claimed she developed mesothelioma cancer as a result of decades of using talc-based products sold by Johnson & Johnson. While Johnson & Johnson has denied any liability in the case, the company faces thousands of other lawsuits across the country brought by victims claiming they developed mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, and other cancers after using talcum powder products.

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that commonly affects the thin linings of tissue surrounding vital organs like the lungs, abdomen, and heart. Due to the latency period of the disease, many asbestos cancer victims do not show symptoms for 20 to 50 years, which leaves them with diminished treatment options. Even though medical science continues to make progress every day with treatments, there is still no definitive cure for a mesothelioma diagnosis.

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