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Woman Awarded $29 Million In Johnson & Johnson Trial

The woman claimed the company's baby powder caused her cancer.
Posted at 8:24 AM, Mar 15, 2019

On Wednesday, a California jury awarded a woman $29 million after she said Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused her cancer.

Johnson & Johnson has faced a slew of lawsuits over its baby powder and other talc-based products. The plaintiffs say those products were tainted with asbestos and caused their cancers. And late last year, a Reuters report claimed the company hid tests of its talc-based formula that revealed trace amounts of asbestos.

The largest award in one of these trials was almost $4.7 billion, awarded in 2017 to women who claimed the talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer. 

Johnson & Johnson said in a filing last month it received subpoenas from the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the allegations.

Johnson & Johnson said it plans to appeal the California ruling. A spokesperson said the company will move for mistrial because these cases use "one set of facts" and "decades of tests by independent, non-litigation driven experts and institutions repeatedly confirm that Johnson's Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer."