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Asbestos exposure: Court orders compensation for dying woman

Minnesota readers who use Johnson & Johnson talc products may want to review a case involving a woman who is dying from cancer. Her disease has reportedly been linked to asbestos exposure. J &J products have been blamed for her terminal illness and the company has been deemed liable for damages.

The manufacturing icon has been ordered to pay nearly $30 million to the woman who used its talcum powder products for years before being diagnosed with an incurable cancer. The  jury verdict found that the woman contracted mesothelioma from asbestos in the talc products she used. The verdict further found that the Johnson & Johnson company failed in its fiduciary duty to warn the woman of the known potential hazards associated with using its talcum powder products.

The company's stock prices plummeted after the jury verdict was announced to the  public. The woman's case is one of seven losses so far, in a series of lawsuits that have been filed against Johnson & Johnson. In all seven cases, the company was found to have hidden known carcinogen health risk information associated with using its talc products.

Consumers have a right to reasonably expect that the products they purchase are safe to use or that known health risks involved are disclosed by the manufacturer through proper product labeling. Asbestos exposure has ravaged many lives in Minnesota and other states across the country. Negligent parties can be held financially accountable for their actions when consumers suffer injury from use of their commercial products. Anyone with questions regarding such issues may request a consultation with an attorney who is experienced in asbestos litigation.

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