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Johnson & Johnson’s Claims California Woman’s Mesothelioma Was Spontaneous

It is well established that malignant mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, a carcinogenic mineral long used in industrial and construction settings, and found in close proximity to deposits of talc. Yet despite this, in defending Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder from accusations of selling talc-based products contaminated with asbestos the company’s attorneys claimed that Patricia Schmitz’s mesothelioma arose spontaneously. This totally belies all previous understanding of the fatal disease’s origin.

Woman claims asbestos in baby powder caused her mesothelioma

The occasion for the claim was closing arguments in Mrs. Schmitz’s mesothelioma lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive. Over the past seven weeks, attorneys representing the 61-year-old former teacher have provided evidence that the companies were aware that their product contained asbestos and provided no warnings to the public, and that her 40 years of talc powder use is what caused her asbestos-related disease. With her physicians testifying that she is unlikely to survive the summer and that she has endured tremendous pain and hardships, she is seeking compensation for her medical costs, pain and suffering.

Over 14,000 claim Johnson & Johnson’s powders were contaminated

Mrs. Schmitz is not alone in her accusations against Johnson & Johnson’s: there have already been several mesothelioma and ovarian cancer lawsuits heard across the country, with a New York woman being awarded $325 million in compensatory and punitive damages. A group of 22 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer was awarded over $4 billion in damages, and there are over 14,000 similar lawsuits pending against the company. Much of the evidence presented included internal company documents that referenced concern about asbestos in the product. Johnson & Johnson has not only denied those claims, but has also attacked the expert witnesses who have identified asbestos in their products, as well as providing the novel argument that Mrs. Schmitz’s body spontaneously generated malignant mesothelioma.

Malignant mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, and those who are diagnosed with the disease face both the physical challenges presented by their illness and the emotional challenge that may accompany seeking support and justice for the wrong that has been done to them. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and you need information on resources available to you, contact the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net at 1-800-692-8608.

 

 

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