Days before a trial was to begin in a case of a man accusing several companies, including Johnson & Johnson, of exposing him to dangerous asbestos, which he claims contributed to his mesothelioma diagnosis, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss his claims against the consumer health care giant. The man’s lawsuit alleged that J&J’s talcum powder products were contaminated with asbestos.
Attorneys for Dwaine Waters and his wife Janice refused to say whether the Waters had reached a settlement with Johnson & Johnson.
As of Monday, no such stipulations were made against the other defendants in the case, which include J&J competitor Colgate-Palmolive. The Waters also sued 10 other companies, including Deere & Co., over claims that Dwaine’s cancer was also caused by exposure to asbestos-containing products in the workplace.
Mesothelioma is a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining that covers the lungs, abdomen and other internal organs. It is caused by asbestos exposure, and generally takes years if not decades to develop.
The Waters filed their lawsuit alleging Dwaine was exposed to asbestos through his regular use of J&J and Colgate-Palmolive talcum powder products, as well as while working as an insulator mechanic from 1972 to 1983, and as a fleet mechanic from 1983 to 2003.
The Waters’ lawsuit is the latest to lay at least part of the blame for mesothelioma diagnoses on regular use of J&J talcum powder products. In April, the company was slapped with a $117 million verdict in a case of a man who alleged regular use of Johnson’s Baby Powder caused his mesothelioma.
Colgate-Palmolive faced similar claims in 2015, resulting in a $13 million verdict for the woman who said her mesothelioma was there result of regular use of the company’s Cashmere Bouquet powder.