Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay £3.6bn in talc asbestos cancer case

Johnson & Johnson Is Paying Several Billion In Damages For Their Cancer Causing Baby Powder featured image

Johnson & Johnson Is Paying Several Billion In Damages For Their Cancer Causing Baby Powder featured image

A Johnson & Johnson building is shown in Irvine, California, U.S., January 24, 2017. It said it meant to appeal. He described to Reuters the company's jurisdictional and scientific arguments for overturning Thursday's verdict. "Then someone at J&J decides to expose babies to asbestos?"

J&J is also fighting a separate battle with plaintiffs who blame the company's talc products for their developing mesothelioma, a form of cancer generally found in the lungs, that is linked to asbestos exposure.

The jury's decision came after more than five weeks of testimony by almost a dozen experts on both sides, according to an online broadcast of the trial by Courtroom View Network.

The company now faces about 9,000 talc-cancer cases in state and federal court, according to published reports, with the bulk of state court cases in Missouri, New Jersey, and California, according to J&J's May 2018 quarterly report.

The company denied that its products ever contained asbestos and insisted that they do not cause cancer.

The verdict follows several others against J&J; judges have nixed three in appeals.

The victims' lawyer, Mark Lanier, said they had used the talc for personal hygiene.

They say that all of their products undergo rigorous testing and purification to ensure that their product is clean and safe to use.

Beisner said he was not aware of any interest in settlement.

J&J said it was 'deeply disappointed in the verdict'.

Of the 22 women represented in the case, six have died from ovarian cancer.

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J&J seized on that decision to successfully overturn previous talc verdicts in Missouri.

"For over 40 years, Johnson & Johnson has covered up the evidence of asbestos in their products", Lanier said in a statement.

Bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby powder line a drugstore shelf in New York October 15, 2015.

Of the 22 plaintiffs in this case, five are Missouri residents.

A jury in a Missouri circuit court awarded $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to the women, who had accused the company of failing to warn them about cancer risks associated with its baby and body powders. "Let them read it without putting on their glasses".

The company has been sued by more than 9,000 women who claim its talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. Beisner said J&J would make the same argument on appeal.

J&J says there is no asbestos in its baby powder and other talc-based products, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a survey in 2009 and 2010 that seemed to back this up.

Johnson & Johnson "hired the best labs in the country year after year after year" to test for asbestos, he said.

The debate over talc began decades ago.

Ovacome, which provides advice and support to women with ovarian cancer, said the link remained unproven as there were "uncertainties" around the results of studies.

But Lanier during the trial told jurors that the agency and other laboratories and J&J have used flawed testing methods that did not allow for the proper detection of asbestos fibers.

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