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J&J settles lawsuit alleging Risperdal caused boy to grow breasts

Johnson & Johnson and its unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals have agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a Mississippi family that claimed the companies’ antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused their son to develop breasts, a disfiguring condition known as gynecomastia, according to Law360. The announcement came just days before the case was slated to go to trial in Pennsylvania state court. The settlement follows a Superior Court ruling in January during which a global order barring punitive damages on gynecomastia claims with Risperdal in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas was upended. Suddenly faced with the potential of  punitive damages, Johnson ... Read More

Mistrial declared in second J&J talc trial alleging meso link

The latest case accusing Johnson & Johnson of knowing its talcum powders caused cancer ended in a deadlock. Kirk Von Salzen, 74, sued the consumer health care giant alleging he used Johnson’s Baby Powder for about 30 years, as well as talc products from other manufacturers. He claimed that J&J knew the talc it used contained cancer-causing asbestos but refused to warn consumers of the risks of asbestos exposure. As a result, he claims he developed mesothelioma in 2017, and was seeking more than $12 million in damages. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form a cancer that develops in the ... Read More

Two Risperdal cases allowed to seek punitive damages

Two boys can seek punitive damages from Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals on their claims that the company failed to warn them that its antipsychotic Risperdal could cause them to develop female-like breasts, a Pennsylvania judge ruled. The cases were a part of a mass tort program in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, where about 6,700 cases are pending. In May 2014, Judge New had issued a global order for the Risperdal mass tort program that because of Janssen’s business ties to New Jersey, the company could fall under that state’s law, which protects drug companies against punitive damages ... Read More

Jury deadlocked in latest J&J talc-asbestos case

A deadlocked jury after a week of deliberations in a case blaming Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products for causing a woman’s mesothelioma has prompted a mistrial. During the week-long deliberations, the Pasadena, California jury had indicated to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Margaret Oldendorf that it couldn’t reach a consensus in the case brought by Carolyn Weirick and her wife Elvira Escudero. The couple alleged that J&J’s talc-containing products contained asbestos and Weirick’s regular use of the products caused her to develop mesothelioma, a rare but deadly cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Before declaring a mistrial, Judge Oldendorf questioned ... Read More

Widower blames J&J’s baby powder for his wife’s ovarian cancer

The label on Johnson’s Baby Powder states it is “clinically proven gentle and mild.” Even its name suggests it’s safe enough for babies. But Ronald Osband says the talcum powder product killed his wife. And he wants justice. Osband is yet another person to sue Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America, alleging the companies knew the talc contained cancer-causing asbestos but allowed it to be used in products and sold to consumers under the guise that was safe for a variety of uses, including personal hygiene. Osband’s wife Maria trusted the product and used it for ... Read More

Talc-mesothelioma case begins in NJ courtroom

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 ... Read More

Mesothelioma victim deserves $29 million for using J&J talc

Attorneys for a woman who claims that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products are contaminated with asbestos and contributed to her mesothelioma diagnosis said in closing arguments that the consumer health care giant and its talc supplier should pay the woman $29.2 million plus punitive damages because they sold talc products to consumers knowing they were tainted with cancer-causing asbestos. The Pasadena, California trial involving the case of Carolyn Weirick and her wife Elvira Escudero also names Imerys Talc America, Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier. Defense attorneys argue that the companies are not to blame because the women’s case is ... Read More

Imerys settles case brought by mesothelioma victim just before jury deliberations

Hours before the conclusion of closing arguments in the latest trial over claims that Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America knowingly sold asbestos-tainted talcum powder products to consumers that contributed to a woman’s terminal cancer diagnosis, Imerys announced it had reached a settlement with the plaintiff. The California jury was told by Los Angeles Superior Judge Margaret Oldendorf that they would be receiving a new verdict form to account for Imerys no longer being part of the case, but jurors would still need to assign responsibility for damages; that is, if they found J&J and Imerys ... Read More

J&J released from mesothelioma lawsuit

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 ... Read More

J&J talc blamed for woman’s mesothelioma diagnosis

A month after Johnson & Johnson was slapped with a staggering $4.69 billion verdict in a case brought by 22 women who claimed the company’s talcum powder products were contaminated with asbestos and contributed to their cancer diagnosis, J&J faces another trial linking its talc to cancer. Carolyn Weirick, 58, said she used Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower religiously for the past four decades. When she was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a rare but deadly form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure – she turned one of her baby powder bottles over to researchers and discovered it was ... Read More