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TN man blames J&J’s talc for daughter’s cancer death

Level Glanton of Nashville, Tennessee, remembers what a beautiful child his daughter Verbena was, and still grapples with her premature death at just 32 years of age. Verbena was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on June 30, 2011. She died just 15 days later. He now believes he knows what killed his daughter – regular use of Johnson’s Baby Powder made by consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson. He’s joining thousands of other families and taking legal action against the company. Johnson & Johnson faces more than 9,000 lawsuits from women who claim that regular use of Johnson & Johnson’s ... Read More

Insurance companies fret J&J’s multibillion-dollar verdict in talc case

The $4.69 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson over claims that its talcum powder products contain asbestos and caused women to develop ovarian cancer has the insurance industry in a tizzy wondering how much of the cost insurance companies will have to shoulder. “The J&J news prompted us to revisit this topic,” Buckingham Research Group analyst Amit Kumar told Reuters. He brought up the issue during W.R. Berkley Corp’s recent call. “I wanted to get a sense as to whether this is going to turn into a bigger deal and catch us by surprise.” Since the verdict, analysts have tapped talc ... Read More

J&J profits grow despite multibillion-dollar talc verdict

A St. Louis jury hit Johnson & Johnson with a $4.69 billion verdict after finding that the company knew its talcum powder products contained asbestos that contributed to ovarian cancer in the 22 women who filed the complaint. But the company will hardly feel the financial blow. Last week, J&J announced sales of $20.8 billion for the second quarter of 2018 – a 10.6 percent increase compared to the second quarter f 2017. And yes, that’s a quarter of sales. Just one-fourth of the year. “Our strong second-quarter results reflect double-digit growth in our Pharmaceutical business and the accelerating sales momentum ... Read More

Woman fights to reinstate $417 million jury award in talc case

Elisha Echeverria, overseeing the estate of her deceased mother Eva Echeverria, who won a $417 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson in August over claims that its talcum powder products caused ovarian cancer, appealed to a California judge to rethink his decision to toss the award arguing that there was sufficient evidence to support the jury’s findings. Eva Echeverria and six other women filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in Los Angeles Superior Court in July 2016, arguing that regular genital use of J&J talcum powders, like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, for feminine hygiene were ... Read More

Walmart coincidentally deeply discounts J&J products after landmark talc verdict

In the wake of a $469 billion verdict in which a jury found Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products contained cancer-causing asbestos and contributed to the development of ovarian cancer of 22 women, it appeared Walmart was trying to ditch its stash of the consumer health care giant’s products. One shopper claimed that Johnson & Johnson products in her Walmart were marked down to $1. “Make sure you scan them because even though it says a different price on the tags, they are ringing up at $1!” she posted on Facebook. Another shopper spotted the same sales on “Johnson & ... Read More

Jury slaps J&J with landmark $4.69 billion verdict in latest talc trial

A St. Louis jury deliberated less than a full day before slapping Johnson & Johnson with a $4.69 billion verdict for knowingly selling asbestos-tainted talcum powder products to consumers. They said the company is to blame for giving a group of 22 women cancer, six of whom died before the case went to trial. The case, tried in the St. Louis Circuit Court, is the latest alleging talcum powder contains the carcinogen asbestos and can cause consumers to develop cancer. Some lawsuits claim that regular use led to the development of mesothelioma, a form of cancer that develops in the ... Read More

Judge refuses to toss $117 million talc verdict

A New Jersey state judge said a $117 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America over claims its talc products were contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos and contributed to a man’s deadly disease, did “not shock the judicial conscience,” and would stand. Stephen Lanzo III and his wife sued Johnson & Johnson and Imerys alleging that Stephen’s decades-long use of Johnson’s Baby Powder regularly unknowingly exposed him to asbestos, which lead to his mesothelioma diagnosis. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, as well as ... Read More

Imerys settles talc claims made by 22 women

Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier Imerys Talc America has agreed to settle claims brought by 22 women who alleged the company’s talc was contaminated with asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The terms of the settlement were not revealed, but people close to the matter said the company agreed to pay at least $5 million. Imerys also didn’t acknowledge that its talc was tainted or contributed to the women’s cancer. The settlement comes just as the latest trial begins accusing Johnson & Johnson and Imerys of knowingly selling talc laced with the carcinogenic mineral asbestos. Talc is mined ... Read More

Judge urges superior court to uphold $70 million Risperdal verdict

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick, who oversaw the 2016 trial that ended with a $70 million award for a child who claimed the antipsychotic drug Risperdal disfigured him, urged the Pennsylvania Superior Court to uphold the verdict saying the multimillion-dollar award was within the jury’s discretion. “Upon consideration of the evidence presented at the trial and the damages sustained by the plaintiffs, this court believes that the jury’s findings should not be disturbed,” Judge Patrick said. Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals appealed the verdict to the Superior Court, arguing that the verdict was excessive. It was ... Read More

British women at risk for talc-related cancer

Thousands of middle-aged British women could have a deadly form of cancer caused by regular genital use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene during their teens, a U.K. attorney warned. “It’s a massive scandal and is only going to get bigger,” he told MailOnline. The solicitor referenced recent litigation in the United States where consumers have sued manufacturers of talc-containing products alleging regular and long-term of the products have caused ovarian cancer or asbestos-related mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and other internal organs. In one such case, a New Jersey ... Read More