Jury Awards $29.4 Million in Talcum-Cancer Trial

March 14, 2019 — A woman who said her mesothelioma was caused by her regular use of Johnson Johnson’s talcum powder was awarded $24.4 million by a California jury, which also awarded $5 million to her spouse.

The verdict Wednesday in favor of Teresa Leavitt and her spouse, Dean McElroy, came after a trial that started in January, CNN reported.

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the tissue that lines lungs and other organs.

The award is only to repay the couple for their loss. The jury did not award punitive damages — designed to punish defendants — from Johnson Johnson and the other companies involved in making the talcum powder.

Nearly 14,000 cases involving people who believe that JJ’s talc powder caused their cancer are making their way through the U.S. legal system. Many of those cases allege that the talc is contaminated with asbestos and that Johnson Johnson knew that its products were contaminated for decades, CNN reported.

JJ says its products do not contain asbestos, and said it will appeal Wednesday’s jury decision.

On Tuesday, the science that may link talc to cancer was discussed at a hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. It also looked at the possibility of creating a law that would more closely regulate the cosmetic and personal products industry, CNN reported.

There is growing debate in the scientific community about a link between talcum powder and cancer. Some studies have concluded there is a connection, while others have not.

Most suggest that further research is needed, CNN reported.

Article source: https://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20190314/jury-awards-29.4-million-in-talcum-cancer-trial?src=RSS_PUBLIC

No comments yet.

Leave a Comment