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Victim of Mesothelioma Awarded $325 Million from Johnson & Johnson by New York Jury

Victim of Mesothelioma Awarded $325 Million from Johnson & Johnson by New York Jury

Victim of Mesothelioma Awarded $325 Million from Johnson & Johnson by New York Jury

Victim of Mesothelioma Awarded $325 Million from Johnson & Johnson by New York Jury

A state jury in New York has ordered Johnson & Johnson pay Donna Olson $300 million in punitive damages. Although this is not the first lawsuit the company has faced related to such disease, it is one of the highest verdicts in three years to be handed down in a series of mesothelioma lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson. Not only did Olson receive compensation for punitive damages, but she was also awarded $20 million for pain and suffering in addition to the $5 million awarded to her husband a few days prior – bringing her total award in the case to $325 million. The couple had accused the company of responsibility for her asbestos-related disease. Talc, once containing asbestos fibers, is known to cause mesothelioma and other serious cancer diseases. Unfortunately, Johnson & Johnson frequently used such harmful talc for their iconic baby powder.

Johnson & Johnson Faces 14,200 Pending Lawsuits

Over 14,000 lawsuits are currently filed against Johnson & Johnson with some of the claims of the plaintiffs arising from malignant mesothelioma diagnoses and others arising from ovarian cancer diagnoses. The two primary issues that are to be determined throughout every case are:

  • Whether the contamination of the carcinogenic material within the company’s product was contaminated, and
  • Whether or not the company knew of the problem and took action to protect consumers.

Significant amounts of evidence presented at the trial showed that asbestos was not only present but that the company also had internal conversations decades ago expressing concern about its profits and its reputation as a result of asbestos contamination. Additionally, the discovery that Johnson & Johnson had tried to sway the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration on talc-related regulations was presented by the plaintiff’s attorney as further evidence. However, the company continues to strongly deny knowledge of asbestos within products.

The Awarding of Punitive Damages Represents the Jury’s Indication of a Sense of Wrongdoing

Although the spokespeople of Johnson & Johnson continue to point out that they are supposedly not responsible for either asbestos traces or mesothelioma and have said that they will appeal this verdict (like many other previous verdicts), the representative of Mrs. Olson pointed to the large punitive damages granted to the Olson’s by the jury as an indication of the “wanton and reckless” actions of the company.

Since Reuters published a report indicating that Johnson & Johnson had concealed the presence of asbestos in their powder products, the public is becoming increasingly aware and concerned of the issue. In 2018, a St. Louis jury awarded $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families who claimed asbestos from such talc products caused their ovarian cancers. It is important to note that both cases, juries found the healthcare company failed to warn consumers that the risk of cancer was increased by their talc products. Tellingly, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have now issued the company’s subpoenas on the issue.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer, such as asbestosis, stage 4 mesothelioma, or any form of mesothelioma – remember that you are never alone. A Mesothelioma lawyer at Goldberg, Persky & White PC can help you file mesothelioma claims. For more information about the latest treatment information, exposure origins, or additional news at AsbestosCancer.org or call us today at 1-800-799-2234.