California jury awards $29M in baby powder cancer case

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

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

"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.

"We will pursue an appeal because Johnson's Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer".

Last year, a Los Angeles jury awarded $25.7 million to a woman and a Missouri jury awarded $4.69 million to 22 women.

The company claims its products are "safe and asbestos-free" and promises to appeal the verdict, claiming Leavitt's lawyers made "serious procedural and evidentiary errors" and failed to prove its baby powder was in fact contaminated with the carcinogen.

Terry Leavitt had brought on the lawsuit against J&J and said she used the company's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower in the 1960s and 1970s and was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017, Reuters reported. J&J has pledged to appeal cases it has lost and has convinced courts to overturn several jury verdicts so far.

A woman in California who says Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused her to develop mesothelioma was awarded $29 million by a jury Wednesday. In December a year ago, the company reiterated the safety of its products as a slew of drug regulators around the world such as the US FDA and India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) analysed samples of J&J products.

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In December, documents came to light showing J&J anxious for decades that its baby powder might be laced with small amounts of asbestos, which can occur naturally underground near talc. Cypress Mines, one of J&J's former talc suppliers, is answerable for the remaining 2 percent.

Asbestos is a term for a group of minerals often found near talc, which is widely used in cosmetics.

About 8 out of 10 people with mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos. After the judge refused, that panel ordered J&J to pay a total of $27.5 million in damages to a woman who sued the company over her cancer.

"'They knew there was asbestos in it, and for me that's the worst part because they failed to warn the consumer", said Kate Alessandri, an Oakland librarian.

A Mount Sinai researcher wrote in a company letter in 1971 that he had detected a "relatively small" amount of asbestos in the baby powder.

Another juror, Anu Agarwal, a product manager in Castro Valley, said J&J was irresponsible for failing to adequately follow up on studies that showed the presence of asbestos in Baby Powder.

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