Johnson & Johnson Lawsuits
In a landmark decision by a New York state judge, a Brooklyn couple has been awarded a $120 million settlement against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. According to public court documents from the case, the lawsuit states that after her longtime usage of Johnson & Johnson’s popular talcum powder products, 67-year-old Donna Olsen was diagnosed with a deadly form of mesothelioma. This rare form of cancer is caused by an extensive exposure to asbestos; a well-known carcinogen which is commonly found in talcum.
Every day, thousands and thousands of people across the country use talcum powder in order to dry excessive moisture from their skin as well as the skin of their young children. Talcum powder is, as its name suggests, composted primarily of talc (also known as talcum), a clay mineral that occurs naturally within certain spots in the earth and can be mined and turned into the useful powder without too much trouble. Within the United States, talcum mines exist in Texas, Vermont, New York, and Montana, and in each of these states numerous mines operate to pull talcum from the ground in order to transform it into the helpful powder.
Another week, another jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its hip implant products. This time, a federal jury in Dallas hit the company with a verdict for $1 billion in damages. The verdict is the second in a long line of potential lawsuits pertaining to the company’s metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants. According to the verdict, not only were the implants defective and injuring consumers, Johnson & Johnson, along with its DePuy Orthopaedics unit, knew of the defect yet continued to sell the product. On top of this, they also failed to take any reasonable steps to warn consumers about the known risks.
A federal jury awarded a $502 million verdict to five recipients of Johnson & Johnson DePuy hip implants on Thursday, at the conclusion of a trial that accused Johnson & Johnson of covering up known flaws in its Pinnacle artificial hip line. The plaintiffs all had Pinnacle hip implant products that failed and required surgery to correct the problem.