Nearly $4.7 bil­lion awarded in baby pow­der law­suit

Manteca Bulletin - - Opinion/ Dollars & Sense -

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis jury on Thurs­day awarded nearly $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 $4.14 bil­lion 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 that al­lowed the women to sue the com­pany in Mis­souri de­spite most of them not liv­ing in the state and said it would ap­peal, as it has in pre­vi­ous cases that found for women who sued the com­pany.

“John­son & John­son re­mains con­fi­dent that its prod­ucts do not con­tain as­bestos and do not cause ovar­ian cancer and in­tends to pur­sue all avail­able ap­pel­late reme­dies,” spokes­woman Carol Goodrich said.

Mark Lanier, lead coun­sel for the plain­tiffs, said in a state­ment that John­son & John­son had cov­ered up ev­i­dence of as­bestos in their prod­ucts for more than 40 years.

Med­i­cal ex­perts tes­ti­fied dur­ing the trial that as­bestos, a known car­cino­gen, is in­ter­min­gled with min­eral talc, which is the pri­mary in­gre­di­ent in John­son & John­son’s Baby Pow­der and Shower to Shower prod­ucts. The plain­tiffs’ lawyers said as­bestos fibers and talc par­ti­cles were found in the ovar­ian tis­sues of many of the women.

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