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J&J talc powder ‘causes cancer’

J&J talc powder ‘causes cancer’

A US court has upheld a verdict that talcum powder sold by Johnson & Johnson cause ovarian cancer and ordered the pharmaceutical giant to pay $2.1 billion in damages.

The decision by the Missouri Court of Appeals cut by more than half the $4.4 billion a jury had awarded 22 people in 2018. The court agreed that some of the plaintiffs should not have been included in the case as they were from outside the state.

But the Tuesday decision upheld the awarding of damages for the company “knowingly selling products that contained asbestos to consumers”.

The judgement said: “Because the defendants are large, multi-billion-dollar corporations, we believe a large amount of punitive damages is necessary to have an effect in this case.

“It is impossible to place monetary value on the physical, mental and emotional anguish plaintiffs suffered because of their injury caused by the defendants.”

A spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson said the company would appeal the decision in the Supreme Court of Missouri, said the Wall Street Journal.

Johnson & Johnson has faced thousands of lawsuits across the US alleging it failed to warn consumers of the risk of cancer from asbestos in its talc-based products.

In 2019 a California jury became the latest to award millions in damages to a plaintiff who said the company’s baby powder had given her terminal cancer.

Last month the firm announced it was discontinuing production of its talc-based baby powder in the US and Canada, in part due to the “constant barrage of litigation advertising” over the product.

It will continue to sell the product in the rest of the world, it added.

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