April 6, 2018 — A jury awarded $37 million to man who developed mesothelioma after using talcum powder manufactured by Johnson & Johnson for several decades.
The plaintiff, Stephen Lanzo III, claimed that Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other talc products contained dangerous amounts of asbestos. He used those products between 1972 and 2003, and says they played a substantial role in his development of mesothelioma.
The exposure began when his mother used baby powder on him as an infant in the 1970s. He was also exposed to asbestos by using Shower-to-Shower, an adult talcum powder product.
Lanzo was subsequently diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lungs that is caused by breathing in irritating particles of asbestos in the air.
The jury found that baby powder lacked adequate warnings about asbestos between 1972 and 2003. Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America Inc., were both found responsible.
The case is Lanzo et al. v. Cyprus Amax Minerals Co. et al. — Case No. L-7385-16 — in the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey, County of Middlesex.
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