A 46-year-old New Jersey man who sued Johnson & Johnson and other companies
after getting mesothelioma he says was caused by asbestos in baby powder
has been awarded $30 million by a jury.
The jury also decided that Kendra Lanzo, Stephen Lanzo’s wife, should
be paid an additional $7 million as a result of the cancer.
"While we are disappointed with this decision, the jury has further
deliberations to conduct in this trial and we will reserve additional
comment until the case is fully completed," Johnson & Johnson
spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said in a statement.
This decision is the first to find that Johnson’s baby powder led
to a diagnosis of mesothelioma, a cancer of the tissue that lines the
lungs, stomach, heart, and other organs. Lanzo’s attorneys said
that he contracted mesothelioma as a result of applying the company's
products to his skin for more than 30 years.
The lawsuit claimed Johnson & Johnson knew its products contained asbestos
but didn’t properly warn consumers. Johnson & Johnson argued
that its products never contained asbestos.