Two weeks ago, CMBG3 Law reported on a case that began trial in California in which it was alleged that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder contained asbestos-contaminated talc, which led to the development of plaintiffs’ mesothelioma. Yesterday, a mistrial was declared as the plaintiff, who was 94 years old, passed away during the trial. 

Plaintiff, Ilene Brick, contended that she used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder daily for five decades and asbestos-contaminated talc in the product caused her to develop mesothelioma at age 94.  Johnson & Johnson contended, however, that Brick’s use of Kent cigarettes, which for a few years in the 1950s were manufactured with an asbestos-containing filter, caused her disease, as there is no evidence that the talc that Johnson & Johnson used ever contained asbestos.

This was the fifth case to go to trial nationally in which it was alleged that asbestos-contaminated talc caused the plaintiff’s mesothelioma. Three of the cases saw verdicts in the month of May 2018 – South Carolina (mistrial), New Jersey ($25.7 million verdict), and California ($117 million verdict). The fourth trial took place a few months ago and resulted in a defense verdict.

The attorneys at CMBG3 Law LLC have represented clients in talc, products liability, and toxic tort matters for many years. We provide the most current advice by staying informed of legal, scientific and medical developments regarding a wide variety of substances and products, including talc-containing products, used by consumers every day. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact John Gardella (email him or 617-279-8225).