Pasadena Judge Declares Mistrial in Johnson & Johnson Talc Case

Published : Monday, September 24, 2018 | 6:01 PM

A judge at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pasadena on Monday declared a mistrial in a lawsuit alleging the presence of asbestos in Johnson and Johnson’s cosmetic talc products after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.

Jury deliberations began on September 19 in the trial that began in August.

After five days of deliberations, with Judge Margaret Oldendorf having to use alternates for two of the 12 jurors, the panel told her late Monday morning that further deliberations would be hopeless, according to multiple media reports.

The case was filed by Carolyn Weirick, who said she developed mesothelioma, a cancer that is linked to asbestos exposure. Her lawyers asked the jurors to award about $29 million plus unspecified punitive damages as compensation.

Weirick’s case marks the third mistrial in a case involving talc-related mesothelioma claims against Johnson & Johnson. In May, a South Carolina state court jury deadlocked, and in June, a Los Angeles County judge declared a mistrial in another case after the plaintiff died.

In July, a jury in Missouri had awarded more than 20 women about $4.69 billion in the last case against Johnson & Johnson to go to trial. The women had also blamed the company’s baby power products for their disease. Lawyers for the company are appealing.
Two other talc-related trials involving Johnson & Johnson are being held currently: one in also taking place in Los Angeles County, and the other is in New Jersey.

Johnson & Johnson maintains their talc products had undergone thorough testing and no asbestos had been found. They added the tests prove exposure to talc does not cause cancer.

Just recently, Imerys Talc America, Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier, decided to strike a settlement to exit the Pasadena case. Imerys also had settled in the New Jersey case.







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