A California man who alleged that the company’s talcum-based powders caused his cancer was awarded $18.8 million from Johnson & Johnson. The first trial involving accusations that J&J misled the public about the dangers of its renowned baby powder occurred almost two years ago.
Jurors in a state court in Oakland came to the conclusion that Anthony Hernandez Valadez’s mesothelioma, a cancer linked to asbestos exposure, was caused in part by J&J’s baby powder. Despite a court order halting all litigation, Valadez’s case was approved for trial as an exception due to Valadez’s deteriorating health after J&J attempted to shield its talc liability in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
J&J plans to appeal the decision, claiming that the judge’s “erroneous” decisions prohibited them from providing the jury with crucial information that would have demonstrated that Valadez’s uncommon form of mesothelioma was not brought on by their baby powder. Johnson’s Baby Powder is safe, according to decades of independent scientific reviews, according to Erik Haas, global vice president of litigation for J&J. Johnson’s Baby Powder is harmless, does not contain asbestos, and does not cause cancer, according to decades of independent scientific reviews, according to Haas. “Without the benefit of that evidence, the verdict is irreconcilable with those evaluations,” Haas said. He stated that the verdict award will not be paid out and will not have an effect on the bankruptcy action while it is still active.