This week marked the beginning of a retrial of a case accusing Johnson & Johnson talc baby powder of causing a young attorney’s death from malignant mesothelioma. The original lawsuit was heard last May but ended in a mistrial when the jury was unable to reach a decision. Now the young woman’s husband has reopened the question, hoping that a new South Carolina jury will agree that asbestos in the consumer giant’s baby powder is what caused her pericardial mesothelioma.
The case brought by Antoine Bostic against Johnson and Johnson talc baby powder charges that his late wife and law partner, Bertila Boyd-Bostic, had been exposed to and used the iconic product since the time that her parents brought her home from the hospital. His attorney provided the jury with a brief overview of asbestos and the harm that it causes, along with electron microscope evidence that the popular baby powder product that the 30-year-old had used was contaminated with asbestos that had been sourced from Vermont. The attorney stated, “J&J will admit … if there’s asbestos in the mine, it will be in the bottle of baby powder, because you can’t get it all out.”
Johnson & Johnson’s Talc Baby Powder Blamed for Young Attorney’s Tragic Death
In speaking of the impact that Johnson & Johnson’s talc baby powder caused, the family’s advocate indicated that both she and her husband had been pursuing the American dream when she got her fatal diagnosis: she had recently graduated from law school and the couple had recently joined forces in their own law practice.
In defending itself against the charges a second time, representatives of Johnson & Johnson’s talc baby powder have argued that if asbestos in the popular product was responsible for the extremely rare form of mesothelioma that Ms. Boyd-Bostic died of, there would be many more mesothelioma deaths around the country.