A jury in New Jersey has been tasked with deciding whether Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder is responsible for Ricardo Rimondi’s malignant mesothelioma, and this week they heard testimony from an expert witness who said that the company chose an insufficient method of testing whether their product was contaminated with asbestos. According to Dr. William Longo, the testing method that the company chose was akin to looking for a needle in a haystack, and there were far superior methods available to ensure consumer safety.
Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson attempted to diminish Longo’s standing by pointing out that he has made about $30 million testifying about asbestos, and largely on behalf of victims of mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, but that did nothing to change the exacting nature the scientist’s testimony. He has years of experience as a materials scientist, and in recent years has focused his attention on the presence of asbestos in a variety of materials and the most exacting way of detecting it. He pointed out that the X-ray diffraction method that the company had chosen to test for the presence of asbestos would not detect the carcinogen if its concentration was lower than 0.1 percent, allowing the product to pass the company’s tests while still putting consumers at significant health risk for asbestos-related diseases.
Mesothelioma victims and women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have filed thousands of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, accusing the company of knowing that their trusted product was contaminated with asbestos, but choosing to place profits over the health of people. The company has won a few cases, but has also suffered devastating losses, with two previous New Jersey verdicts of $37 million and $117 million being awarded to victims.
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