Johnson & Johnson Hit With $29 Million Verdict in Talc Cancer Case

Darnell Taylor
March 16, 2019

Johnson & Johnson is facing over 13,000 more cases stemming from asbestos-contaminated talcum powder.

"We are disappointed with today's verdict and will pursue an appeal because Johnson's Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer", Kim Montagnino, a J&J spokesperson, told Bloomberg.

One juror said after Wednesday's verdict that she probably won't buy any more J&J baby powder.

"Studies of more than 100,000 men and women show that talc does not cause cancer or asbestos-related disease". In the verdict, the court said the baby powder played a big role in causing her condition.

Just previous year, a jury decided that Johnson & Johnson had to pay more than $4 billion in damages to a group of women who claimed that asbestos in its products caused their ovarian cancers. They said their baby powder "is safe and asbestos-free".

On March 10, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation in India ordered the company to pay over Rs 74.5 lakh as compensation to a patient from Maharashtra who used faulty hip implants manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant.

The company also noted that multiple cases have been decided in favor of J&J, or been declared mistrials. "Talc does not cause cancer".

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Johnson & Johnson says tests by regulators worldwide have shown that its talc is safe and asbestos-free. "The internal J&J documents that the jury saw, once more laid bare the shocking truth of decades of cover-up, deception and concealment by J&J".

The history of talc and asbestos cases against Johnson & Johnson is mixed.

The shares of healthcare major Johnson and Johnson fell almost 2 percent on Thursday's premarket trading after the company was ordered to pay $29 million to a woman whose cancer was attributed to the asbestos contained in the company's talcum-powder products.

Asbestos is a term for a group of minerals often found near talc, which is widely used in cosmetics.

Ovarian cancer is the other cancer type at the heart of the J&J cases.

It cited problems with legal procedure and evidence, and said lawyers for the plaintiffs failed to show that the powder contains asbestos, noting that "their own experts concede that they are not recognizing the accepted definition of asbestos and are ignoring crucial distinctions between minerals that are asbestos and minerals that are not". Looking at the downside, it is entirely possible that the lifetime's worth of sales of Johnson's Baby Powder could be far lower than total damages over time if these cases end up going against the company.

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