A Timeline of Asbestos and Talcum Powder Lawsuits

For years, Johnson & Johnson has been receiving thousands of asbestos and talcum powder lawsuits that are pending across the US, from St. Louis, CA Superior Court, Los Angeles to New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court.

Most asbestos and talcum powder lawsuits allege that Johnson and Johnson knew about the negative effects of its baby powder but never told its customers. The company chose to market its talcum powder products to children and women for hygienic purposes despite the potential risks. It also puts its desire for ROI before client safety. Plus, J&J hid the fact that talcum powder is contaminated with asbestos.

Here are some of the asbestos and talcum powder lawsuits:

Jackie Fox –2016, February

A Missouri jury ordered the company to pay approximately $72 million to Jackie Fox’s family who, in 2015, died due to ovarian cancer. The $10 million out of the 72M was compensatory damages. The rest was punitive damages to serve as a punishment to J&J for failure to warn its consumers about the risk of its talc products.

Holding J&J responsible only took about four hours, and the juror noted that the company was hiding something. The company just put a warning label on its products.

The Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals did not recognize the verdict because Missouri doesn’t have jurisdiction over the case. Then the decision was reversed by the Missouri Supreme Court.

Gloria Ristesund –2016, May 1st 

A Missouri jury ordered the company to pay Gloria Ristesund $55 million. A 62-year-old woman of South Dakota, Ms Ristesund survived ovarian cancer. While $5 million was compensatory damages, the rest was punitive damages.

Deborah Giannecchini –2016, October 

Another asbestos and talcum powder lawsuit is Giannecchini’s case, wherein a Missouri jury ordered the company to pay $70 million to the former because of their negligence in marketing its talcum powder. Because of ovarian cancer, a part of spleen, stomach, ovaries, uterus, and colon was removed.

Lois Slemp –2017, May 4th 

Another asbestos and talcum powder lawsuit is Slemp’s case, in which a Missouri jury ordered the company to pay Ms. Slemp $100 million for using Shower-to-Shower and diagnosing ovarian cancer in 2012.

Eva Echeverria –2017, August 21st 

A Californian jury awarded Eva Echeverria $417 million for suffering from ovarian cancer because of using talcum powder products of J&J’s. After years of fighting cancer, she unfortunately died. But her attorney fought for other women with the same condition.

Steven Lanzo – 2018, April 4th 

Another asbestos and talcum powder lawsuit is Steven Lanzo’s case. New Jersey jury awarded him approximately $117 million in punitive and compensatory damages.

Mr Lanzo alleged that he acquired mesothelioma because of exposure to the company’s talcum powder since the 1970s.

Joanne Anderson –2018, May 17th

The Los Angeles also awarded Ms Anderson a total of $25.7 million after finding that asbestos in the company’s talc baby powder was the number one factor for her condition, mesothelioma. She also claimed she developed mesothelioma because of her exposure to asbestos-contaminated J&J baby powder.

Asbestos and talcum powder is indeed harmful. For your optimal safety and protection, be wary when selecting household items. Plus, seek assistance from an expert.