An Oakland jury has awarded a 61-year-old woman $12 million in damages in a verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Colgate Palmolive.
Attorneys for plaintiff Patricia Schmitz argued that asbestos in the companies’ talcum powder products caused her to develop mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs. Defense attorney argued that Schmitz’s disease was spontaneous in nature.
The Schmitz trial is the latest among hundreds of cases pending against Johnson & Johnson around the country. Most have been filed by women alleging the powder caused them to develop ovarian cancer, though lawsuits alleging mesothelioma – a much rarer disease – are on the rise.