NLJ’s Top Verdict of 2018 $4.69 Billion

HOUSTON – The Lanier Law Firm’s $4.69 billion trial win on behalf of 22 women who alleged that decades of daily use of Johnson & Johnson’s asbestos-laden talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer is the largest verdict delivered in the U.S. in 2018, The National Law Journal reports.

Each year the legal publication’s VerdictSearch research affiliate compiles court records to determine the nation’s largest verdicts, based on actual jury awards. National Law Journal editors also search online news sources and databases to ensure the accuracy of the list.

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.

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