Tal­cum pow­der case: J&J or­dered to pay $4.69 bn

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION -

WASH­ING­TON: US phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal gi­ant John­son & John­son was Thurs­day or­dered to pay out $4.69 bil­lion in dam­ages in a law­suit rep­re­sent­ing 22 women and their fam­i­lies who al­leged a talc sold by the com­pany con­tained as­bestos and caused them to suf­fer can­cer.

It is the lat­est twist in a mat­ter that has seen sev­eral thou­sand law­suits filed against J&J.

Ac­cord­ing to the vic­tims’ lawyer, a jury com­posed of six men and six women in St Louis, Mis­souri, ruled in fa­vor of the women af­ter a six-week trial and eight hours of de­lib­er­a­tion.

J&J said it was “deeply dis­ap­pointed in the ver­dict”. It de­scribed the trial as “a fun­da­men­tally un­fair process that al­lowed plain­tiffs to present a group of 22 women, most of whom had no con­nec­tion to Mis­souri, in a sin­gle case all al­leg­ing that they de­vel­oped ovar­ian can­cer.”

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