Jury Blames Johnson & Johnson for Woman’s Mesothelioma Death

Johnson & Johnson’s bankruptcy feeling succeeded in temporarily pausing the legal claims of mesothelioma and ovarian cancer victims, but now that the cases are being heard, courts are holding the company responsible for consumer injuries. In a recent case, an Illinois jury ordered the company to pay $45 million to the family of a 53-year-old mother who died after years of using their talc powder products.

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$45 Million Jury Award Following Testimony in Mesothelioma Claim

In the last several years, Johnson & Johnson has argued against its liability for consumers’ mesothelioma and ovarian cancer diagnoses. While the victims have argued that the company knew its talc-based products were contaminated with asbestos and carried significant risk, the company has asserted that there is no proof and that their product ingredient was pure. On hearing evidence presented by the family of 53-year-old Theresa Garcia, the jury chose the victim and awarded her survivors $45 million.

According to the mesothelioma victim’s family, Mrs. Garcia used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder from the time she was a child and continued its use as an adult. She also used it on her own children.  They presented evidence that the product contained asbestos fibers and blamed those fibers for her painful death six months after diagnosis.

Family Awarded $45 Million After Turning Down Mesothelioma Settlement Offer

After the jury awarded the mesothelioma victim’s family $45 million in compensation, it was revealed that the company had offered their attorneys a settlement and that they had rejected the offer. According to the family’s representatives, agreeing to the settlement would have meant stating that the company had done nothing wrong, and further required settlement of all of the other mesothelioma and ovarian cancer claims that the firm was representing for the next ten years.

Responding to the outcome, the family’s lawyers said, “The defendants knew that talc contains asbestos impurities that were mined and put in the bottles of baby powder J&J sold. Not only did the defendants’ negligence and deceit cheat loyal customers like Theresa, but their deception has ultimately robbed a family of their mother.”

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Paul Danziger

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Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering significant compensation for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.

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