March 14, 2019 — A jury in California ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a $29.5 million to a woman who developed mesothelioma after using baby powder that contained asbestos.
The jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff Teresa E. Leavitt, finding that her use of baby powder was a substantial factor in her development of cancer. J&J was found 78% liable, and the company’s former talc supplier Cyprus Mines Corp. was found 20% responsible.
The jury also unanimously found that J&J failed to adequately warn Leavitt about the potential health risks of using baby powder.
In closing arguments, her attorney told the jury that J&J could have easily prevented her from suffering a “horrible asbestos disease that will result in her untimely death, a slow and painful death.”
During the trial, Leavitt testified that her mother used J&J baby powder on her as an infant in the 1960s. Leavitt continued to use baby powder and other J&J talc products as a young woman through the 1970s.
Lawyers for J&J unsuccessfully argued that Leavitt “can’t show you any science that Johnson’s Baby Powder causes cancer in anyone.”
J&J is also facing hundreds of lawsuits from women who developed ovarian cancer after using baby powder for feminine hygiene purposes. In the last trial in Missouri, J&J was hit with a record-setting $4.69 billion verdict in favor of 22 women with ovarian cancer.
The lawsuit is In RE: Leavitt v. Johnson & Johnson — Case No. RG17882401 in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Alameda.
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