Ilene Brick, a 94-year old mesothelioma victim succumbed to death due to the exposure to asbestos used in Johnson & Johnson Talcum powder. On May 29, during the first day of the trial for this case, in California, her attorney Stuart Purdy alleged that the talcum manufacturer is liable for her death. However, the company countered the statement stating smoking asbestos-laden cigarettes led to her mesothelioma.
Last month, a banker with the same diagnosis was awarded $117 million in punitive and compensatory damages by a New Jersey jury. Over 6,600 lawsuits are filed nationwide by women who claim they developed ovarian cancer after using J&J's Talcum Powder for feminine hygiene purpose.
Similar allegations are filed against J&J in state courts in California, New Jersey, and Delaware and consolidated for pre-trial proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey MDL No. 2738 (In Re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation), presided over by Hon. Freda L. Wolfson, U.S.D.J./ Hon. Lois H. Goodman, U.S.M.J.