California Plaintiff Alleging Meso Due to Talc Awarded $29.5M Verdict Alameda County Superior Court, March 13, 2019
CALIFORNIA — On March 13,the plaintiff Teresa Leavitt was awarded a $29.5 million dollar verdict by an Oakland jury, who found that Johnson & Johnson, J&J Consumer, Inc., and J&J’s supplier Cyprus Mines Corporation were liable for the plaintiff’s mesothelioma. The plaintiff alleged that her mother had used J&J’s asbestos-contaminated talc products on her as an infant in the 1960s. Further, the plaintiff personally used the product cosmetically throughout the 1970s. The jury was unanimous in finding that J&J failed to warn the plaintiff of risks associated with use of its talc products; eleven of the twelve jurors found that J&J withheld facts regarding the safety of its products.