Woman with cancer who sued J&J awarded $29M by California jury

California jury orders J&J to pay US$29 million in latest talc cancer trial

It's the first defeat since a Missouri jury ordered the company past year to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women who blamed their cancer on the product.

The world's largest health care company, facing more than 13,000 talcum-related lawsuits nationwide, said it would appeal the verdict. The jury decided against awarding punitive damages, which are created to punish the defendants - in this case Johnson & Johnson and the other companies involved in making the talcum powder - for reckless or negligent behavior.

Johnson & Johnson must pay $29 million to a woman who claimed that the asbestos in the company's talcum powder-based products caused her terminal cancer, a California jury ruled Wednesday. Many of those cases allege that the talc is contaminated with asbestos and that Johnson & Johnson knew that its products were contaminated for decades, CNN reported. The verdict said that the baby powder was a "substantial contributing factor" in her illness. "The jury verdicts are not medical, scientific or regulatory conclusions about a product", it said.

'Yet another jury has rejected J&J´s misleading claims that its talc was free of asbestos, ' said Moshe Maimon, a lawyer for Leavitt, in a statement on Wednesday.

"Hundreds of internal J&J documents showed the truth that it has been hiding for years".

The company cited "serious procedural and evidentiary errors" and said it has already moved for a mistrial on eight points.

The company has appealed against all of the plaintiff verdicts, and the company said it was confident the verdicts would be overturned on appeal. A company executive in the 1970s warned that J&J's talc mines might not be free of asbestos. Judge Brad Seligman, who oversaw the trial, told jurors in February the company was no longer part of the case after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection under the weight of the talc litigation, which stayed lawsuits against it.

Nonetheless, 2018 investigations from the New York Times and Reuters suggested that the company feared for decades that some of its Baby Powder could be tainted by asbestos, a type of carcinogenic mineral that has been linked to cancers of lungs, larynx and ovaries, as well as mesothelioma, according to the National Cancer Institute.

While asbestos is classified as a known carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and other groups, the ACS says the science on whether talcum powder causes cancer is more ambiguous.

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