$4.7b tal­cum pay­out

Hawke's Bay Today - - WORLD -

A St Louis, United States, jury yes­ter­day awarded nearly US$4.7 bil­lion in to­tal damages to 22 women and their fam­i­lies af­ter they claimed as­bestos in John­son & John­son tal­cum pow­der con­trib­uted to their ovar­ian cancer in the first case against the com­pany that fo­cused on as­bestos in the pow­der. The jury an­nounced the $4.14b award in puni­tive damages shortly af­ter award­ing $550 million in com­pen­satory damages af­ter a six-week trial in St Louis Cir­cuit Court. John­son & John­son called the ver­dict the re­sult of an un­fair process and said it would ap­peal.

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