New Jersey couple awarded $37M in lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson

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A jury has awarded a New Jersey couple $37 million in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson after the husband developed cancer following decades of using talcum powder.

Stephen Lanzo says that he used Johnson & Johnson products for more than 30 years. He says that inhaling the power caused him to develop mesothelioma, an aggressive and deadly cancer that impacts the lining of the lungs.

Deposits of talc are often located near deposits of the minerals that contain asbestos. Studies have shown that there is a risk of cross-contamination during mining.

Johnson & Johnson said that it has done extensive testing to make sure that its talc products are not contaminated with asbestos.

Lanzo was awarded $30 million and his wife was awarded $7 million.

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