Did asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s popular talc baby powder product lead to Ricardo Rimondi malignant mesothelioma? That’s the decision a New Jersey jury is being asked to make in a lawsuit that kicked off this week with riveting testimony from Dr. William Longo, a materials scientist and electron microscope researcher whose main focus of study has been detecting asbestos in a variety of materials. Though Johnson & Johnson’s attorneys attempted to diminish Dr. Longo’s credibility by pointing out that he has made millions by testifying on behalf of asbestos victims, the information that he provided to the jury made clear that the testing method that the consumer giant chose was not sensitive enough to detect the presence of the carcinogen in the popular product.
According to the testimony Dr. Longo provided during the mesothelioma trial, the testing method that Johnson & Johnson has chosen is called X-ray diffraction, and it would not detect the presence of asbestos if it represented less than 0.1 percent concentration in the product being tested. He indicated that there is a much more accurate and sensitive method of testing known as concentration, and that by using it to test the product he was able to identify asbestos fibers. He also testified that other laboratories using similarly sensitive technologies had also confirmed the presence of asbestos, and that Johnson & Johnson had been aware of the more technically advanced method of testing but had chosen not to use it.
Mr. Rimondi was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma after years of having used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder. His lawsuit accuses the company of having been aware of the presence of asbestos, yet continuing to market it to the public without warnings, and in fact attempting to hide their knowledge about the carcinogen. The man is also accusing the company of specifically targeting Hispanics, African Americans and teens in an effort to achieve even greater sales.
Exposure to asbestos causes malignant mesothelioma, and it can happen in many ways. While consumers may have been exposed through asbestos-contaminated products, veterans were exposed to the carcinogen during their time in the service. If you need information about to how to access benefits or care for your asbestos-related disease, we can help. Contact us today at 1-800-726-7245.