Closing arguments were heard today in just one of hundreds of baby powder lawsuits pending in the country. Plaintiff Carolyn Weirick, a retired school counselor, filed suit against Johnson and Johnson for cancer she says was caused by their powder. Weirick had used both J & J’s baby powder and their adult product, Shower to Shower, for over 40 years. The baby powder case relies on compelling expert testimony.
The plaintiff’s medical records indicated that the likely cause for her mesothelioma, a deadly cancer, was asbestos. It also stated that she had used Johnson & Johnson’s powders for most of her life.
Weirick’s attorney, Jay Stuenke, told the jury that the company knew their powder had asbestos in it and lied about it for years. He said they knew that asbestos causes cancer and hid the fact that their product contained asbestos from the public.
The plaintiff hired expert witness, Dr. William Longo, to testify on her behalf. Her expert testified that he his lab has tested the powder and did find asbestos. His lab, MAS Materials Analysis Lab of Georgia, conducted very sensitive testing on the powder. Longo confirmed that his tests were much more sensitive than those conducted by Johnson and Johnson.
Stuenke argued that Johnson & Johnson had the opportunity of using the same tests but chose not to. They didn’t want any more scientific proof that their product contained asbestos.
The defendant’s expert, Dr. Matthew Sanchez, testified that the powder contained amphibole minerals, not asbestos. Amphibole minerals is a legal type of asbestos that is actually regulated by the FDA.
We should see a verdict shortly in this case.
If your loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and used Johnson and Johnson’s powder, you need to contact our office right away.