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Woman Compensated by Johnson & Johnson After Using Talcum Products and Developing Mesothelioma

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Woman Compensated by Johnson & Johnson After Using Talcum Products and Developing Mesothelioma

After getting diagnosed with mesothelioma, Donna Olson received $120 million in damages from Johnson & Johnson – the company responsible for the development of her illness. The company itself has faced thousands of lawsuits from cancer victims who also developed life-threatening illnesses after using their talc-based baby powder despite knowing the risks. While the company announced they would discontinue their talc-based powder in 2020, many victims continue to suffer the unfortunate consequences from their products.

If you or a loved one have also been diagnosed with mesothelioma after using a talcum-based product, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a mesothelioma lawyer today.

Financial Burden Eased for Mesothelioma Victim Following Verdict

Alongside her husband, Donna Olson successfully won the case against Johnson & Johnson. The trial that occurred in 2019 lasted 14-weeks.

Initially, the judge ordered the company to compensate the couple with $325 million by the end of this trial. However, this payout was then lowered when the New York State Supreme Court reviewed this case. Nonetheless, the liability of Johnson & Johnson was upheld. A total of $120 million was awarded to the couple; $15 million for compensatory damages and $105 million for punitive damages.

Receiving a diagnosis for a life-threatening illness can cause many financial hardships on the victim and their loved ones. Fortunately, compensation can aid with…

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Traveling expenses
  • Caregiving expenses


If the victim were to pass away, compensation through a Wrongful Death Claim may still be obtainable. This compensation may help loved ones with any of the expenses listed above along with funeral expenses. To learn more about how to file a claim, speak to a mesothelioma lawyer from Goldberg, Persky & White P.C. today.

Olson’s Journey with Mesothelioma

After using a combination of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder for more than 50 years, Donna Olson was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017. Soon after the diagnosis, Olson pursued a lawsuit against the company, as they were responsible for her exposure.

The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure is extremely dangerous. While short-term exposure may not lead to an asbestos-related disease, exposure to this harmful carcinogen should not be taken lightly. If an individual has had long-term exposure to asbestos, they are at much higher risk of developing an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma or asbestosis.

Unfortunately, many diagnosed victims who used j & J talc-based products for decades were unaware of their dangers. Talcum is an incredibly soft mineral, which makes it ideal for products such as baby powder. Pure talc may be safe; however, cosmetic talc is not heavily regulated and may be naturally contaminated with asbestos.

Donna Olson, along with many other Johnson & Johnson’s users that have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, have unknowingly inhaled and ingested harmful airborne asbestos fibers. Various diseases could arise once these harmful fibers begin to embed in the lining of of the organs, including…

  • Asbestosis
  • Pericardial Mesothelioma
  • Peritoneal Mesothelioma
  • Pleural Mesothelioma


Women who use talc-based products are also at risk of developing ovarian cancer if they use talc around their genital area or if the product enters their bloodstream and/or lymphatic system and travels to the ovaries.

Johnson & Johnson – Cancer-Related Lawsuit History

Nearly 22,000 claims have been made against J & J, with victims stating that they have developed diseases such as mesothelioma or ovarian cancer as a result of the company’s talc-based products.

Johnson & Johnson announced in May 2020 that their company stop selling talc-based powder in the United States. This was claimed to be a “commercial decision,” suggesting that the decision of the company did not relate to the safety of the product or the number of lawsuits they had received.

Unfortunately, many consumers may still be at risk even after the company took off talc-based products from shelves in local stores. Mesothelioma has a long latency period, suggesting that it can take 10-50 years after exposure for the disease to develop.

Documentation That Depicted the Use of Contaminated Talcum Powder

Documentation that proved that Johnson & Johnson executives were aware that their talc had been contaminated with asbestos was submitted by Olson’s lawyers. In fact, these internal documents were dated from the 1960’s and 1970’s – suggesting that the executives had known about the risks and chose to continue production. It was also alleged that in order to avoid asbestos detection, the company changed their testing methods.

Documentation showing that their talc-based products and even raw talc have occasionally been tested positive for asbestos. These results, which ranged from 1971 to the early 2000s, were presented by the legal team of Olson.

Supreme Court Decision and Beyond

According to the spokespeople from J & J, the company will be appealing the verdict in the Olson case, as they do not admit responsibility for asbestos-related cancer cases. This is unfortunately not the first time the company has chosen to appeal a verdict.

In fact, the company is going through an appeals process for an ovarian cancer lawsuit. After developing cancer from the use of asbestos-contaminated talc products, a Missouri woman filed against Johnson & Johnson. She received $2.12 billion in damages after she won the initial case. On November 3, 2020, the Missouri State Supreme Court upheld the award and verdict. While a date has not yet been set, Johnson & Johnson plan to appeal this verdict to the U.S. Supreme Court.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma you may be entitled to compensation. Our firm wants to help you and your loved ones during this time to ensure you received the best care – which is why we are also prepared to provide a Free Mesothelioma Book. For more information about our Meso Book, contact a mesothelioma lawyer from Goldberg, Persky & White P.C. today.