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Anatomy of Asbestos Litigation

Ripped from the headlines is important information about asbestos that will have profound impacts on the future of personal injury law and plaintiffs. At Corless Barfield Trial Group, it is always our goal to maximize compensation for those injured by another’s negligence, recklessness or criminal wrongdoing. Corless Barfield is a premier mesothelioma and asbestos exposure injury law firm.

The Problem: Johnson & Johnson recently recalled one lot, about 33,000 bottles, of its Johnson’s Baby Powder because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found asbestos in a bottle. People who own a bottle of Johnson’s Baby Powder from Lot #22318RB should stop using it, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. said in a release announcing the recall and refunds.

According to the New Jersey-based company, the recall is limited to just one lot of Johnson’s Baby Powder produced and shipped in the U.S. last year. This announcement comes on the heels of the company facing previous allegations of asbestos contamination in its talcum powder.

Over the past century, asbestos was used as an ingredient in many different construction, insulation, and manufacturing materials. Asbestos-containing materials have likewise been used to insulate steam pipes, boilers, turbines, pumps, and other industrial equipment.

A Reuters report published last year said that Johnson & Johnson was aware for decades of asbestos in its baby powder but did not disclose that information to the public. The Justice Department and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the company over allegations that Johnson’s Baby Powder is contaminated with asbestos. The Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation into whether the pharma giant misled the public about cancer risks of its talcum powder.

The Litigation: Lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson in the U.S. alleging that asbestos in its talcum powder cause cancer. In one historic decision last year, a jury awarded $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families. The women had claimed that their ovarian cancer was linked to asbestos contamination in the company’s powder and talc products.

Exposure to asbestos can seriously compromise your health and livelihood. Having an attorney who understands and recognizes the various types of exposure that can occur is essential in asbestos lawsuits. For a free consultation, contact Corless Barfield Trial Group at 813-258-4998.

If you or a family member is suffering from an asbestos–related disease or illness, contact our team of lawyers at 813-258-4998 to learn more about how we can help you. The lawyers at Corless Barfield Trial Group have represented numerous injury victims and are available to help you as well.

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