Johnson & Johnson hit with $29.4 million verdict in talcum powder case

16 March, 2019, 08:47 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • California jury orders J&J to pay US$29 million in latest talc cancer trial

"Yet another jury has rejected J&J's misleading claims that its talc was free of asbestos", said Moshe Maimon, a lawyer for Leavitt, in a statement on Wednesday.

A unit of J&J also recently invested in a public gene-therapy firm.

This California case that concluded on Wednesday was one of the first to go to jury after the company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing in December that said the company will cooperate with "government inquiries" and subpoenas to produce documents related to the matter from the Department of Justice, the SEC and Sen. A whopping 13,000 similar lawsuits have been filed across the country against the massive health care company.

Similarly, J&J is expected to appeal the latest verdict.

The lawsuit was brought by Terry Leavitt, who said she used Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower - another powder containing talc sold in the past - in the 1960s and 1970s and was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017.

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Jurors in state court in Oakland, California, Wednesday held J&J responsible for Teresa Leavitt's mesothelioma, a cancer linked to asbestos exposure.

Talc and asbestos are often mined together from metamorphic rocks, particularly in North Carolina, Alabama, Vermont and northern Italy. The company did not provide further details of the alleged errors during the trial.

"We are disappointed with today's verdict and will pursue an appeal because Johnson's Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer", Kim Montagnino, a J&J spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement.

J&J has refused to put a warning on its recognizable white bottles bearing the powder, even though a separate California jury previous year asked a judge to order the company to do so. It's the first defeat since a Missouri jury ordered the company a year ago to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women who blamed their cancer on the product. But asbestos, a carcinogen that can exist underground near talc, was a concern inside the company for decades. They have

The New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company denies that its talcum powder causes cancer, saying numerous studies and tests by regulators worldwide have shown that its product is safe and asbestos-free. "Thousands of independent tests by regulators and the world's leading labs prove our baby powder has never contained asbestos". We believe these issues will warrant a reversal on appeal.

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