Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $25.7 million to a woman who allegedly developed mesothelioma from using the company’s baby powder. The award includes $21.7 million in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages.
The plaintiff, 68-year-old Joanne Anderson, was diagnosed with mesothelioma—a cancer closely related to asbestos exposure. In her suit, Anderson named J&J, a unit of Imerys SA (J&J’s talc supplier), Cyprus Amax Minerals, a unit of Brenntag, Honeywell International, and other talc suppliers as defendants.
J&J Faces More Lawsuits Over Baby Powder
J&J continues to deny that its talc products contain asbestos or cause cancer. However, this verdict is the company’s second trial loss related to baby powder containing asbestos. In April, J&J and its talc supplier were ordered to pay $117 million to a man who claimed his mesothelioma was caused from asbestos in J&J Baby Powder. The company also faces roughly 6,000 cases over its baby powder’s role in women’s ovarian cancer.
“Johnson & Johnson continues to be hit with large verdicts, yet the company still refuses to acknowledge the connection between its talc products and cancer,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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