Johnson & Johnson inventory dipped in early buying and selling on Thursday after a jury in California ordered the corporate to pay greater than $29 million to a lady who claimed that asbestos in its talc-based powder merchandise had prompted her most cancers.
In rendering its verdict in Alameda County Superior Court docket on Wednesday, the jury discovered that Johnson & Johnson knew in regards to the potential dangers that its child powder was contaminated, however did not warn the girl, Teresa Leavitt. Ms. Leavitt was recognized with mesothelioma, a most cancers of the liner of inside organs that’s related to asbestos.
The jury awarded Ms. Leavitt $22 million for her ache and struggling, $5 million to compensate her members of the family, almost $1.three million for her medical prices and $1.2 million for her misplaced wages, in line with her lawyer, Joseph D. Satterley.
Johnson & Johnson mentioned in a press release that it was dissatisfied with the decision, citing “critical procedural and evidentiary errors within the continuing,” and that it deliberate to attraction. As in previous instances, which the corporate has fought with blended success, it mentioned a long time of testing confirmed that its child powder didn’t comprise asbestos or trigger most cancers.
Greater than 13,000 plaintiffs have sued Johnson & Johnson over what they are saying are cancers attributable to its talc merchandise. The New York Instances reported final yr that the corporate had spent a long time making an attempt to maintain detrimental details about the potential threat of asbestos contamination from reaching the general public.
Johnson & Johnson mentioned in a regulatory submitting final month that it had acquired subpoenas from the Justice Division and the Securities and Trade Fee for extra particulars about its talc merchandise.
In July, a jury Missouri awarded $4.69 billion to 22 ladies who claimed that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson merchandise, together with its signature child powder, prompted them to develop ovarian most cancers. In December, the corporate misplaced a movement to reverse the decision.
Talc is utilized in many magnificence and personal-care merchandise. The Meals and Drug Administration warned this month that it had discovered asbestos in cosmetics bought by Claire’s, a retailer geared towards youngsters. The corporate mentioned it stopped promoting all talc-based merchandise, together with these cited by the company, and deliberate to destroy its current stock. It mentioned it had additionally stopped making talc-based cosmetics final yr.