Jury awards $29m to woman in Johnson & Johnson talc case

Jury awards $29m to woman in Johnson & Johnson talc case

Jury awards $29m to woman in Johnson & Johnson talc case

The jury declined to award punitive damages.

On Wednesday, a California jury concurred. A whopping 13,000 similar lawsuits have been filed across the country against the massive health care company.

The US healthcare group has long refuted the claims, stating that its talc products are safe and have never contained asbestos. They said their baby powder "is safe and asbestos-free".

The investigations followed a Reuters report that claimed that J&J knew about the presence of asbestos traces in its products for the last 50 years and failed to disclose this to national regulators and customers.

J&J's attorneys countered there was no credible evidence the company's baby powder caused her mesothelioma and evidence of talc in her tissue could have come from a myriad of sources. The largest award to date is $4.7 billion, which was awarded in July 2018. J&J failed in December to convince a judge to throw out that verdict but told The Times it would appeal that decision.

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Reuters examined decades of internal company and court documents, and determined that Johnson & Johnson had been aware from 1971 to the early 2000s that its product occasionally contained small amounts of asbestos, but never shared that information outside of the company.

Mesothelioma is a bad form of cancer (as if any form of cancer isn't terrible) and Johnson & Johnson will have to do a much better job of convincing juries that their products don't cause cancer.

There are no legal requirements for any cosmetic manufacturer to test their products for safety, according to the US Food and Drug Administration, although the FDA routinely tests products to monitor the market for public health risks. Asbestos is often found intertwined with talc. The mother of two testified that baby powder was used on her when she was a child, and she continued that practice into adulthood, sometimes as a "dry shower" and as foundation for her makeup. It includes a section linking to multiple studies conducted over decades that showed no increased risk for ovarian cancer in women who used baby powder. Most suggest that more research is needed. It unsuccessfully appealed the verdict. J&J said it was disappointed with the verdict and would appeal, citing "serious procedural and evidentiary errors" in the course of the trial.

An Alameda County jury in Oakland, California, held Johnson & Johnson responsible for Teresa Leavitt's mesothelioma - a cancer linked to asbestos exposure - through her use of baby powder.

Johnson & Johnson also claims on its "Facts about Talc" website that every verdict that has gone through the appellate process has been overturned.

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