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Jury Selection Begins in Mesothelioma Case Involving Asbestos-Contaminated Talcum Powder

Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey will be the scene of the next mesothelioma lawsuit charging that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder product was contaminated with the deadly carcinogen asbestos, and was responsible for consumers being sickened by the always fatal asbestos-related disease. Jury selection has begun in the case that will be heard by Judge Ana Viscomi and which is set to have opening statements begin on January 16th. Judge Viscomi oversees all of the asbestos related lawsuits being heard in the state.

Mesothelioma is a rare and fatal form of cancer that is specifically caused by exposure to asbestos. Though it is generally thought of as an occupational disease that afflicts workers who were exposed on the job, there are thousands of pending lawsuits accusing Johnson & Johnson and other companies that sold talcum powder of being contaminated with asbestos. Those companies have argued against scientific tests that confirm the presence of asbestos in their product decades ago, and have argued against their legal liability. Several lawsuits have already been heard around the United States, with many juries deciding in favor of the victims whose lives were tragically cut short through their innocent use of the asbestos-contaminated household product.

Asbestos is a mineral that is frequently found in close proximity to deposits of talc, and it is believed that this proximity is what led to the contamination of the product. There have been concerns about talc’s safety for decades, and there is a significant amount of evidence pointing to the companies having been aware of its risks and choosing not to address the issue. The talcum powder has already been named as the cause of ovarian cancer in women who used it in the genital area, a use that the talc companies actively promoted.

If you or someone you love has been sickened by exposure to asbestos, whether on the job or in your home, you need support and assistance from people who are aware of the many resources available to you. The Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net will answer all of your questions and give you the information you need. Call us today at 1-800-692-8608.



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