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(Reuters) – A Missouri jury on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $550 million to 22 women who alleged the company’s talc-based products, including its baby powder, contain asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer.
The verdict so far only includes compensatory damages, but the jury, which deliberated less than a day, also unanimously decided to award punitive damages. Those will be determined during a second stage of the trial, according to an online broadcast of the trial by Courtroom View Network.
The article goes on to state the following:
The trial in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis was the largest case by number of plaintiffs that J&J has faced to date over allegations its talc-based products cause cancer. The verdict followed more than five weeks of testimony by nearly a dozen experts on both sides.
The women and their families said decades-long use of Baby Powder and other cosmetic talc products caused their diseases. They allege the company knew its talc was contaminated with asbestos since at least the 1970s but failed to warn consumers about the risks.
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