Settlements vary widely in product liability cases like those against talcum-powder companies filed by people who have developed mesothelioma and ovarian cancer after using these products. There is no real average settlement for mesothelioma and ovarian cancer talcum powder lawsuits. Johnson & Johnson has resisted settlements in these cases, driving plaintiffs to seek financial compensation in civil courts of law.
Early in 2019, the company broke from this legal strategy and opened its wallet in four different settlements with plaintiffs. The amounts of each settlement were not revealed, as is often the case with such a settlement. The compensation comes with the price tag of confidentiality.
A 77-year-old woman stepped forward in an Oklahoma City state court as plaintiff in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, claiming the company’s baby powder caused her peritoneal mesothelioma. As the jury deliberated, however, the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ lawyers met and agreed upon a settlement, the details of which were not publicized.
The talcum-powder company also sat as defendant in a Los Angeles trial where a 36-year-old woman had filed suit for her mesothelioma, which she claimed developed after a lifetime of using Johnson’s Baby Powder. Johnson & Johnson agreed to a confidential settlement in this case, too.
The company surprised the legal community with these rapid-fire settlements, but still maintains that its talcum products do not contain asbestos.
As of March 27, 2019, Johnson & Johnson is named as defendant in more than 13,000 lawsuits in which plaintiffs blame the company’s talc-based products for the plaintiffs developing ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
Two-dozen-plus lawsuits were scheduled for 2019, all of which center on allegations that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder caused plaintiffs’ mesothelioma. Because diagnosis of this illness is usually soon followed by the patient’s death, these cases are scheduled sooner than others. Of these cases a handful have already been to trial and were decided in favor of the plaintiffs.
Notable wins include the following:
In 2018, a jury awarded the plaintiff $27.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages after she was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma from using Johnson & Johnson’ baby talc on herself and her children.
In 2019, a Manhattan plaintiff who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after using Johnson’s Baby Powder regularly over the course of her life was awarded over $300 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
Also in 2019, a California jury delivered a verdict for the plaintiff, a woman who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after a lifetime of use of Johnson’s baby powder. The woman had used it since she was a baby and into adulthood. Adult applications were for a makeup foundation and as a “dry shower.” The jury awarded the plaintiff $29 million.
The first talcum powder—and asbestos—connected ovarian cancer verdict in the U.S. occurred in 2018 in St. Louis. In this mass tort claim, 22 ovarian cancer patients were awarded $4.7 billion in damages for their illness after the talcum products they had used regularly tested positive for asbestos, and the company failed to warn consumers. All plaintiffs claim to have used Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower to dust their genital areas.
Now is your time to be heard and compensated for the illness you suffered because of this company’s greed and negligence.
Zanes Law will do everything from A to Z to get you the maximum compensation for your ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. Call us today at (833) 214-0917 for a free case review.