Latest Johnson & Johnson Mesothelioma Case Results in Mistrial

By September 27, 2018Mesothelioma News

In recent weeks, The Ledger Law Firm has covered the California lawsuit filed by school counselor Carolyn Weirick, who claimed Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder product caused her mesothelioma diagnosis. The plaintiff in the lawsuit argued that her diagnosis was caused after a lifetime of using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower products.

Johnson & Johnson has already been ordered to pay billions in compensation for a talcum powder lawsuit that alleged the powder caused ovarian cancer, and two mesothelioma lawsuits against the company have resulted in favorable verdicts as well. Weirick’s lawsuit, however, is the sixth mesothelioma trial against Johnson & Johnson, and it is now the third to result in a mistrial.

Sixth Mesothelioma Trial Doesn’t End Favorably for the Plaintiff

For any personal injury claim that goes to trial, a jury is ultimately tasked with deciding whether the defendant bears legal responsibility for the personal injury victim’s injury or illness. In this most recent mesothelioma trial involving Johnson & Johnson, the jury was unable to reach a decision.

According to news reports, the jurors deliberated for what amounted to a full week, yet they were ultimately unable to reach a conclusion regarding Johnson & Johnson’s legal liability to Carolyn Weirick.

Notably, Weirick’s personal injury lawyers requested $25 million in compensation for:

  • Past pain and suffering
  • Future pain and suffering
  • Suffering related to her mesothelioma diagnosis

After the jury heard weeks of evidence, however, the jury was not able to conclusively determine that Johnson & Johnson acted negligently. This is not to say, however, that Weirick received no compensation for her mesothelioma diagnosis. While Johnson & Johnson ultimately escaped liability due to the mistrial, Weirick did receive compensation from a settlement with Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier, Imerys SA.

Imerys SA Settles With Talc Mesothelioma Plaintiff for Undisclosed Sum

It is a matter of public record that Imerys SA settled with the victims of the $4.69 billion verdict ordered by a Saint Louis jury in the high-profile, aforementioned ovarian cancer lawsuit. And, Carolyn Weirick also settled with Imerys SA for an undisclosed sum prior to deliberations in the California jury trial.

Imerys SA is a prominent talc supplier that is thought to supply as much as fifteen percent of the world’s talc, including the talc for Johnson & Johnson. As such, this has led to legal claims against Imerys SA in a number of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma cancer lawsuits involving Johnson & Johnson’s talc products.

This most recent lawsuit, therefore, is an essential reminder of why it is necessary to pursue all parties who may bear legal responsibility for your personal injury or disease. Going to trial is not a sure bet that you will receive compensation, as shown in this lawsuit. If a jury cannot reach a conclusion, it is helpful that any other parties who may bear legal responsibility are pursued as well.

This is especially important for the current talcum powder lawsuits, as there have only been a select few cases that have been brought to trial. In the now six mesothelioma talcum powder trials, results have been mixed based on the findings of these different juries.

While pursuing settlements from talc suppliers is meaningful, it is of course even better to win at trial. Millions of dollars in compensation are often at stake in these mesothelioma talcum powder lawsuits, which is why plaintiffs need to choose a mesothelioma lawyer who has earned their trust.

The Ledger Law Firm is a nationally recognized mesothelioma law firm that has helped victims recover millions in compensation that is owed to them because of exposure to asbestos. Contact us online for a free case evaluation to discuss your legal claim with a Ledger Law mesothelioma attorney today.