Limited details are available, but we are hearing reports that a jury in Middlesex County, New Jersey has rendered a verdict for the plaintiff in an asbestos lawsuit in which the alleged asbestos exposure was claimed to have been through talc. The plaintiff claimed that he was exposed to asbestos when his father, who worked for a company that manufactured personal care products using talcum powder, brought home asbestos-containing talc on his clothes.
The verdict is reportedly $1.6 million, which includes $1.4 million for the plaintiff’s pain and suffering and $200,000 to his wife for loss of consortium. It remains to be seen whether, and to what extent, this verdict may have an impact on other asbestos claims in New Jersey involving talc.
This verdict is also important because it is the first asbestos trial to be presided over by the Hon. Vincent LeBlon, who assumed the role of overseeing all centralized New Jersey asbestos cases in Middlesex County a little over a year ago in September 2012. We do not yet know whether any of his trial rulings will be the subject of an appeal, but if they are, it may provide some additional insight into how Judge LeBlon may rule in future cases.