Powders, creams, and other grooming products have become ubiquitous in today’s society and an absolutely essential part of daily routines for millions of people across the world. These items are mass produced and used constantly. By and large, the benefits from such products outweigh the burdens. However, when there is a defect in a prevalent item, the ramifications could be huge simply due to the number of people who have been exposed. In such a situation, it may be wise to contact an expert products liability attorney at 617-787-3700.
A jury in St. Louis, Missouri decided that Johnson & Johnson should have to pay $4.7 billion in damages after links between their talcum powder and ovarian cancer developed by 22 women were discovered. According to the plaintiffs, Johnson & Johnson has systematically denied that their powder contains traces of asbestos, despite scientific tests that have reportedly indicated otherwise.
Although the compensatory damages awarded by the jury were around $500 million, jurors added $4.2 billion dollars in punitive damages. According to one unnamed juror, the punitive damages were necessary because Johnson & Johnson should not be able to get away with directly lying to consumers about the nature of their product, especially when the health of the consumers is at risk. Johnson & Johnson reportedly plans to seek all appeal options, and may be successful in reducing the amount of the damages, according to some reports. The lead attorney for the plaintiffs is Mark Lanier, of Houston, Texas.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligently made product, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact one of our expert products liability or asbestos attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our Boston personal injury attorney professionals today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!