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Kazan Law Wins a $18.8 Million Mesothelioma Verdict In Johnson & Johnson Talc Baby Powder Lawsuit

On July 18, 2023, a California Jury returned an award of $18.8 million to Emory Valadez who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after a lifetime of using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. The Kazan Law attorneys proved to another jury that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum baby powder was contaminated with asbestos and that Johnson & Johnson worked to hide this from the public.

Valadez’s Story

This 24-year-old plaintiff is represented by Joe Satterley, Denyse Clancy and Michael Reid of Kazan Law and suffers from pericardial and plueral mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the heart and the lining of the lungs. When Emory was a baby, his mother used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder talc on him every day, during diaper changes and after baths. Emory claimed that Johnson & Johnson knew that asbestos was present in its talc, before and during the years that he used Johnson’s baby powder. Johnson & Johnson failed to warn Emory, his mother and the public about talc and asbestos contained in its products.


Outstanding Trial Result

The verdict is an outstanding result under the most challenging circumstances. Johnson & Johnson twice stalled the trial of the case by filing fraudulent bankruptcies. Bankruptcy is meant for companies that cannot afford to pay their debts, but Johnson & Johnson is one of the most financially stable companies in the world and the appellate court determined it was wrong for them to use bankruptcy to stall mesothelioma lawsuits.

Emory’s case has received national coverage including from the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Reuters, NBC and the New York Post.

Emory Valadez was awarded $18.8 million with 100% fault allocated to Johnson & Johnson.


Reach Out to Our Experienced Mesothelioma Lawyers Today

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, get in touch with our experienced California mesothelioma lawyers here at Kazan Law. You can schedule a free review of your case by calling 888-887-1238 or filling out our online form so you can learn more about your case and the most appropriate legal options for you. Our mesothelioma lawyers have decades of experience handling mesothelioma cases and have secured billions of dollars in settlements or jury verdicts for our clients since 1974.

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