J&J found liable for California woman's talc-linked cancer

Johnson and Johnson lawsuit payout

Johnson and Johnson lawsuit payout

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

The nine-week trial began on January 7 and included testimony from almost a dozen experts on both sides.

We are disappointed with today's verdict and will pursue an appeal because Johnson's Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer.

But while talc is used for the skin, thanks to its moisture-absorbing properties, asbestos was used for insulation.

About 8 out of 10 people with mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos.

They can cause inflammation, scarring, damage cells' DNA, cause changes that result in uncontrolled cell growth.

The jury deliberated for two days before delivering its verdict.

The jury found Johnson & Johnson had failed to warn consumers of the health risks of its defective products and awarded $29.4 million in damages to Terry Leavitt and her husband.

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

The verdict Wednesday in favor of Teresa Leavitt and her spouse, Dean McElroy, came after a trial that started in January, CNN reported.

"Hundreds of internal J&J documents showed the truth that it has been hiding for years".

Despite the verdicts, Johnson & Johnson maintains that its baby powder formula does not contain asbestos, and set up a website called "Facts about Talc" to try and dissuade the public from continuing to think one of its most popular products contains the harmful mineral.

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.

A court in the USA state of California ordered Johnson & Johnson to compensate a woman to the tune of $29 million for cancer complications she developed from using the company's talcum powder, according to media reports.

While earlier talc lawsuits alleged talc itself causes ovarian cancer, plaintiffs' lawyers have more recently focused on arguing asbestos contamination in talc caused ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, a form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure.

Wednesday's ruling also comes about a year after 22 women were awarded $4.7 billion from the company after they claimed the company's products caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

"It's not clear to us the read-through this case has to the other trials or that these decisions will be upheld on appeal (where the technical merits will likely find a more receptive audience than a jury)", the analysts wrote.

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