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Talcum Powder Did Not Cause Woman's Mesothelioma Says jury

Johnson & Johnson cleared of any liability in Mesothelioma Lawsuit

November 16, 2017
A California jury has cleared Johnson & Johnson and the talc supplier Imerys of any liability for a woman’s terminal mesothelioma, finding that there was no evidence that the companies’ talcum powder was unsafe.

The jury found that Johnson & Johnson did not negligently design or sell its talc, that the talc did not fail to perform as safely as a reasonable consumer would have expected, that the talc was not defective, and that Johnson & Johnson did not fail to warn of any potential risks, "known or knowable based on general scientific knowledge at time of sale." 

The plaintiffs sued a host of companies claiming that they were responsible for asbestos that caused the mesothelioma. The case headed to trial earlier this month with claims only against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys.

The trial comes is the latest in a series of lawsuits that have accused talcum powder of causing harm of causing ovarian cancer when applied to a woman’s genital area. It was unusual for a claim regarding asbestos in talcum powder to move forward.

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