Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay out a $4.7 Billion Settlement to women who claim they got Ovarian Cancer from J&J Baby Powder

[above] Krystal Kim is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. A jury awarded the women $4.69 billion in July, and that decision was upheld by a judge on Wednesday [photo source: New York Times].

Johnson & Johnson lost its motion on Wednesday to reverse a jury verdict that awarded $4.69 billion to women who blamed their ovarian cancer on asbestos in the company’s baby powder and other talc products.

The $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages, together one of the largest personal injury awards on record, was upheld by Judge Rex Burlison in a circuit court in Missouri. The plaintiffs — 22 women and their families — were the first to go to court against Johnson & Johnson claiming that their ovarian cancer was linked to asbestos contamination in the company’s talc.

Documents used in the case and reported last week by The New York Times and Reuters revealed that Johnson & Johnson has known for decades about the risk of asbestos contamination in its talc, but fought to keep negative information behind closed doors.

Johnson & Johnson faces nearly 12,000 plaintiffs in talc-related cases. Many have claimed, with mixed success, that talc particles caused their ovarian cancer. Others have said that asbestos in the talc caused mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of internal organs that is associated with asbestos.

The judge wrote that “substantial evidence was adduced at trial of particularly reprehensible conduct” by Johnson & Johnson, including that the company “knew of the presence of asbestos in products that they knowingly targeted for sale to mothers and babies, knew of the damage their products caused, and misrepresented the safety of these products for decades."

this was a portion of a slightly longer article I ran across in the New York Times

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