Woman awarded $29M in Johnson & Johnson talcum cancer case

Woman awarded $29M in Johnson & Johnson talcum cancer case

The award is compensatory damages only, to repay the couple for their loss. The jury declined to award punitive damages.

J&J has refused to put a warning on its recognizable white bottles bearing the powder, even though a separate California jury a year ago asked a judge to order the company to do so.

The lawsuit is just one of thousands of similar lawsuits Johnson & Johnson is facing. In December previous year, the company reiterated the safety of its products as a slew of drug regulators around the world such as the US FDA and India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) analysed samples of J&J products. It found no asbestos in any of them. ".tremolite.chrysotile.wcd002473.pdf" target="_blank">introduced internal company documents to that effect.

The company said in a statement, shared with PEOPLE, that they plan to appeal the ruling. The largest award to date is $4.7 billion, which was awarded in July 2018. Those verdicts are on appeal, and some have been thrown out.

Despite that the company has lost court cases. Patty Murray, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

It is one of the most mysterious cancers, and it's not clear why asbestos travels to ovarian tissues, but it is well-documented.

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Talc and asbestos are often mined together from metamorphic rocks, particularly in North Carolina, Alabama, Vermont and northern Italy. 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. Most suggest that more research is needed.

Still, a corporate website has its own agenda, and juries didn't believe Johnson & Johnson's science in multiple verdicts across the country. The company claims its products are "safe and asbestos-free" and promises to appeal the verdict, claiming Leavitt's lawyers made "serious procedural and evidentiary errors" and failed to prove its baby powder was in fact contaminated with the carcinogen. The company did not provide further details of the alleged errors.

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.

"We respect the legal process and reiterate that jury verdicts are not medical, scientific or regulatory conclusions about the product", the statement added.

Imerys Talc America Inc., which also supplied talc for J&J's powder, had been named as a defendant, but was dropped from the case after seeking bankruptcy protection to avoid being swamped with talc suits. The company denies allegations that the talc it uses in its baby powder causes cancer, arguing that studies have shown that talc is safe and asbestos-free.

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