King & Spalding won complete summary judgment for Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. just days before the start of trial. Plaintiffs claimed Douglas Strobel developed mesothelioma due to exposure to Johnson’s Baby Powder. The case was venued in Solano County, California before Judge Wendy G. Getty. Plaintiffs demanded millions to settle the case.
After extensive briefing, the Court found “Plaintiffs fail[ed] to establish triable issues of fact to link the harvesting of a known deposit of asbestos-contaminated talc ore from a particular mine through the milling process and into a canister of [Johnson’s Baby Powder] sold in stores during the exposure-period.”
This case victory is significant to Johnson & Johnson, who has been vigorously defending lawsuits alleging mesothelioma was caused by Johnson & Johnson’s consumer talc product, Johnson’s Baby Powder.