Beasley Allen attorney Ted Meadows is one of 11 plaintiffs attorneys recently appointed to represent cancer victims suing Imerys Talc America, the primary talc supplier for Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based consumer health care products. Imerys announced last month that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to mounting talc litigation.
Meadows has spearheaded some of the first talcum powder trials that have resulted in multimillion-dollar awards.
Imerys is named in more than 14,600 lawsuits that accuse the company of selling talc from its mines that was contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos and other impurities. The lawsuits allege the company’s talc contributed to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma diagnoses. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. The vast majority of cases, however, involve ovarian cancer claims.
Imerys’ filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy enables it to establish a fund to settle current and future lawsuits. “After carefully evaluating all possible options, we determined pursuing Chapter 11 protection is the best course of action to address our historic talc-related liabilities and position the companies for continued growth,” said Giorgio La Motta, Imerys Talc America’s president, in a statement.
While the filing likely reduces the amount plaintiffs could have gotten from the talc company, plaintiffs can still sue Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers. And many are. The consumer health care giant currently faces nearly 12,000 talc-related lawsuits.
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