$29.4 Million Verdict Reached in Johnson & Johnson Case
$29.4 Million Verdict Reached
in Johnson & Johnson Case A California jury has ordered Johnson
& Johnson to pay $29 million in compensatory
damages to Teresa Leavitt and her spouse.
Leavitt was diagnosed with mesothelioma
in 2017 and claimed her use of J&J talcum
powder in the 1960s and 1970s was to blame.
The trial began on January 7 and lasted for nine
weeks, ending in a two day deliberation by the jury.
They ruled that Leavitt’s exposure
to J&J products was a “substantial contributing
factor” to her illness, as the talcum-powder
was contaminated with asbestos.
The jury found J&J at fault for failing
to disclose the existence of asbestos,
as it is known to cause cancer and mesothelioma.
J&J maintained that their products
are asbestos free and plan to appeal the verdict.
Johnson & Johnson,
via statement More than 13,000 talcum-related
lawsuits currently exist against the
American pharmaceutical company.