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While there have been other trials in which juries have determined that talc products tainted with asbestos caused mesothelioma cancer, this case marked the first talc-related ovarian cancer verdict in the United States. Jurors heard evidence that Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower brands have been laced with asbestos for decades, challenging representations J&J made to the Food and Drug Administration and other national and international agencies.
In addition to firm founder Mark Lanier, the trial team included firm attorneys Rachel Lanier, Dr. Robert Leone, Michael Akselrud, and Monica Cooper. Co-counsel Eric D. Holland of the Holland Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri, was also integrally involved in the trial.
Here are some of the Lanier trial team’s largest courtroom victories:
2018 – St. Louis Jury Returns $4.69 Billion Verdict in First Trial Linking Baby Powder, Asbestos and Ovarian Cancer
2017 – Federal Jury Returns $247.5 Million Verdict in Defective Hip Implants Case
2016 – Dallas Jury Returns $1 Billion Plus Verdict in Defective DePuy Hip Implants Lawsuit
2016 – Dallas Jury Awards $502 Million Against J&J Unit in Bellwether Hip Implant Trial
2015 – $57 Million Settlement for Yaz Birth Control Victims
2014 – New York Family Earns $9 Billion Trial Win Over Cancer Caused by Diabetes Drug, Actos
2014 – $56 Million Settlement with Biomet in MDL over defective, metal-on-metal hip implants
2010 – Jury Awards $54.2 Million Against Caterpillar Inc. and Holt Texas
2007 – $4.85 Billion National Vioxx Settlement with March & Co., Inc.
2005 – $253 Million Verdict against Merck & Co. for Vioxx
The Lanier Law Firm has offices in Houston, Oklahoma City, New York, and Los Angeles. For close to 30 years, the firm has worked tirelessly to find unique solutions to its clients’ unique needs. The firm is composed of more than 60 skilled attorneys, practicing in a broad array of areas, including business fraud, asbestos exposure, commercial litigation, personal injury, oil and gas litigation, among others.