New York Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe had just finished instructing a Manhattan jury before opening statements were to begin in the latest trial against Johnson & Johnson over claims its talcum powder was contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos and contributed to a 62-year-old woman’s mesothelioma diagnosis, when Judge Jaffe announced that both parties had agreed to a settlement, according to Law360.
Attorneys for Laura Shanahan and Johnson & Johnson met with Judge Jaffe in chambers before the judge made the announcement, putting a swift end to the trial moments before it was to begin. Shanahan wiped tears from her eyes as her attorney thanked jurors for their time. The details of the settlement were not discussed publicly.
Shanahan is one of thousands of people suing to hold Johnson & Johnson accountable for using talc in its consumer health care products that they allege was contaminated with asbestos and contributed to cancers such as mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson has long denied the allegations despite the company issuing a recall last October of some bottles of its iconic Johnson’s Baby Powder after testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uncovered traces of asbestos in the talcum powder.
Shanahan’s cancer, a rare form called mesothelioma, is caused by asbestos exposure. The cancer develops in the lining of internal organs, like the lungs or abdomen.
Beasley Allen has been privileged to represent thousands of people who developed ovarian cancer and mesothelioma after using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder. For more information about mesothelioma litigation, contact Sharon Zinns in the firm’s Atlanta office.