Jury awards $29M in J&J baby powder cancer case

US Johnson & Johnson asked to pay $29 million to cancer patient who used its talcum powder

US Johnson & Johnson asked to pay $29 million to cancer patient who used its talcum powder

Wednesday's verdict, in California superior court in Oakland, marks the latest defeat for the healthcare conglomerate facing more than 13,000 talc-related lawsuits nationwide. J&J has pledged to appeal cases it has lost and has convinced courts to overturn several jury verdicts so far. "We respect the legal process and reiterate that jury verdicts are not medical, scientific or regulatory conclusions about a product".

The woman had alleged that traces of asbestos in J&J's products such as Johnson's baby powder led to her contracting mesothelioma, a form of cancer that affects the lungs and heart.

But while talc is used for the skin, thanks to its moisture-absorbing properties, asbestos was used for insulation. The minerals on their own aren't risky, but together they are a recognized carcinogen. He said the specific type of asbestos wasn't industrial grade, which would have indicated she was exposed to it on the job.

However, the Reuters report said that most testing found that there was no presence of asbestos in the company's products.

They can cause inflammation, scarring, damage cells' DNA, cause changes that result in uncontrolled cell growth.

The jury deliberated for two days before delivering its verdict.

A jury in California determined that Johnson & Johnson baby powder was a "substantial contributing factor" to Teresa Leavitt's mesothelioma, and awarded her $29 million. The jury declined to award punitive damages. "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".

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on the fallout from a report that Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder contained asbestos and the company was aware of it for decades.

Imerys Talc America Inc., which also supplied talc for J&J's powder, had been named as a defendant, but was dropped from the case after seeking bankruptcy protection to avoid being swamped with talc suits. 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 jury did not award punitive damages - created to punish defendants - from Johnson & Johnson and the other companies involved in making the talcum powder.

Johnson & Johnson said in a statement provided to TIME that it plans to appeal the decision, citing "serious procedural and evidentiary errors".