Rosalind Henry regularly used Johnson’s Baby Powder on herself and her two young sons, assuming the product was safe even for babies. Through the years she bought hundreds of bottles of baby powder, never knowing they could contain cancer-causing asbestos. Decades later she was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
Henry and her husband Frederick are suing Johnson & Johnson alleging the company knew its talc contained asbestos but continued to sell the product to consumers while failing to warn them of the risks associated with asbestos exposure, including the development of mesothelioma.
Rosalind Henry claimed she used Johnson’s Baby Powder on her children each week from 1967 to 1977, and then continued to use it on occasion on herself until 1990. She was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2016 at the age of 68. Since then, she has undergone multiple surgeries and suffers from lingering symptoms of the deadly disease including severe pain, shortness of breath and depression.
Henry’s trial is currently underway. Among those expected to testify in the Henrys case is electron microscopy expert William Longo, who has testified in similar cases on behalf of plaintiffs alleging asbestos in talc caused their cancer. Longo tested three sample from three bottles of baby powder from the years Henry allegedly used the product and found the products to be contaminated with asbestos.
The Henrys’ case is currently being tried in the same New Jersey courtroom where just months ago a jury found Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America guilty of knowingly selling asbestos-tainted talc to consumers without warning them of the risks. J&J and Imerys were slapped with a combined $117 million verdict in that case.