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Woman awarded $42 million in baby powder terminal cancer lawsuit

16 March 2019

Wednesday's decision came after a lengthy trial that started in January.

Mesothelioma is a tumour of the tissue that lines vital organs such as the lungs, heart and stomach.

The award is compensatory damages only, to repay the couple for their loss.

The jury awarded Leavitt $22 million for her pain and suffering, $5 million to compensate her family members, almost $1.3 million for her medical costs and $1.2 million for her lost wages, according to her lawyer.

On Wednesday, a California jury concurred.

The US Food and Drug Administration had commissioned a study of a variety of talc samples, including Johnson & Johnson's, from 2009 to 2010.

"'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. ".tremolite.chrysotile.wcd002473.pdf" target="_blank">introduced internal company documents to that effect.

The company has appealed against all of the plaintiff verdicts, and the company said it was confident the verdicts would be overturned on appeal.

A unit of J&J also recently invested in a public gene-therapy firm.

Recent cases have focused on talc's link to mesothelioma, but many additional cases allege the powder has caused ovarian cancer. The largest award to date is $4.7 billion, which was awarded in July 2018.

A few weeks ago, sources told Reuters that India's CDCSO had failed to find traces of asbestos in J&J's talcum powder. In December, the company lost a motion to reverse the verdict. Patty Murray, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. "Talc does not cause cancer".

Asbestos is a term for a group of minerals often found near talc, which is widely used in cosmetics. The mother of two testified that baby powder was used on her when she was a child, and she continued that practice into adulthood, sometimes as a "dry shower" and as foundation for her makeup.

Jurors in state court in Oakland, California, Wednesday held J&J responsible for Teresa Leavitt's mesothelioma, a cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Most suggest that more research is needed. Johnson & Johnson is still appealing the verdict.

Joseph Satterley, Leavitt's lawyer, said "another jury has rejected the decades-long deception by Johnson & Johnson claiming that their baby powder was free of asbestos". "We respect the legal process and reiterate that jury verdicts are not medical, scientific or regulatory conclusions about a product". Decades of tests by independent, non-litigation driven experts and institutions repeatedly confirm that Johnson's Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer. We believe these issues will warrant a reversal on appeal.

Woman awarded $42 million in baby powder terminal cancer lawsuit