Jury awards $18.8 million to young man with mesothelioma from talc

A California jury has awarded a 24-year-old man $18.8 million after finding he developed mesothelioma after being exposed to Johnson & Johnson’s talc products since childhood. The $18.8 million is meant to compensate the young man for his medical bills and pain and suffering. However, he may not collect the compensation in his lifetime. This is because

Appeals court blocks J&J talc bankruptcy but J&J doubles down

In its ongoing attempts to evade responsibility for its asbestos-contaminated baby powder, Johnson & Johnson faced another rebuke by the courts recently. In January, as we discussed on this blog, a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court ruled that J&J’s “Texas two-step” maneuver in the bankruptcy court was not lawful. Now, the entire body of

The danger of secondary exposure to asbestos

Secondary exposure to asbestos remains a legitimate health threat. How does it happen? Usually it happens when workers in occupations like the building and construction trades unknowingly encounter asbestos on the jobsite and wear their contaminated clothing home. Or, people may share a workspace with someone with regular on-the-job exposure to asbestos. Once exposed, their

Federal appeals court nixes J&J’s ‘Texas two-step’ effort to sidestep asbestos lawsuits

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson faces nearly 40,000 lawsuits from people who say they got mesothelioma or ovarian cancer  after using the company’s talc-based Baby Powder. The plaintiffs claim the talc J&J used was contaminated with asbestos. Most of these plaintiffs, usually women, say they used J&J’s Baby Powder and other talc products for routine

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