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$12,000,000 Verdict in Colgate, J&J Trial for Lifelong User of Talc Powder Products

In June of 2019, Denyse Clancy and Joseph D. Satterley of Kazan McClain Satterley & Greenwood secured a $12 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive for Patricia Schmitz, who alleged that the companies’ cosmetic talc products contained asbestos and caused her mesothelioma, a type of cancer that currently has no cure.

Schmitz, who was a 61-year-old retired teacher, testified at trial that she used talc powder products throughout her life, including Avon’s Night Magic, Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet, and J&J’s Baby Powder.

After a week of deliberations, the California state court jury awarded Schmitz $12 million in compensatory damages. The jury assigned each company 40 percent responsibility for Schmitz’s illness and assigned the remaining 20 percent to Avon Products Inc., which was not a defendant in the case. Sadly, Ms. Schmitz died shortly thereafter, on July 14, 2019, but at least had the satisfaction of knowing she got justice.

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After the trial, Satterley was quoted as saying that “the jury saw through all the smoke and mirrors from the defense attorneys” and that “both J&J and Colgate have known their products included asbestos but failed to warn consumers for decades.” This verdict is the third consecutive cosmetic talcwin for Kazan Law against J&J. In 2018, Ms. Clancy and Mr. Satterley secured a $117 million verdict in the first trial against J&J in its home state of New Jersey, and in 2019, they obtained a $29.5 million verdict in a talc case against J&J in Alameda County, California.

Have You Developed Mesothelioma after Using Talc Products?

For years, the medical and legal communities have understood that breathing in asbestos fibers can result in mesothelioma, a devastating cancer that currently has no cure. Asbestos is a group of silicate minerals that occur naturally and that have had many industrial applications over the years. cancer. Recent revelations have brought to light that common talc products may have contained asbestos when they should not have, and that the companies manufacturing these products were aware of the risks but continued to sell products to consumers anyhow.

Call Kazan Law Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Talc Powder Lawyer

If you have developed mesothelioma and have used talcum powder in the past, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At Kazan Law, we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of individuals who have been injured by asbestos exposure and will review the facts of your case at no cost to you. To schedule a consultation with an attorney, call our office today at 888-887-1238 or contact us online.

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