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Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $2.12 Billion in Baby Powder Lawsuit

Posted on: June 25, 2020

A Missouri appeals court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.12 billion to women who claimed the company’s baby powder and other talc-based products caused their ovarian cancer. In the ruling, announced Tuesday, the court rejected the company’s request to throw out a St. Louis jury’s verdict from July 2018 that awarded the 22 plaintiffs and their families $4.69 billion. Instead, the amount of damages the company is required to pay was cut in half because some of the plaintiffs were from out of state and should not have been included in the lawsuit. The court found that the company and an affiliate knew the talc products were contaminated with asbestos since the 1970s but failed to warn consumers of the risks. The company continues to deny its talc powder is tainted with asbestos and plans to appeal the court’s decision. Johnson & Johnson, a New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company, announced in May that it would no longer sell its talc-based baby powder in the United States and Canada. Executives from J&J indicated that this decision was made for business purposes and wasn’t an admission of wrongdoing.

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