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Jury awards US$25 m in Johnson & Johnson baby powder lawsuit

Friday, May 25, 2018

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LOS ANGELES, United States (AP) — A Southern California jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than US$25 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that she developed cancer by using the company's talc-based baby powder.

Jurors yesterday awarded US$4 million in punitive damages after finding that Johnson & Johnson acted with “malice, oppression or fraud”.

A day earlier the panel ordered US$21.7 million in compensatory damages for plaintiff Joanne Anderson. She suffers from mesothelioma, a lung cancer linked to asbestos exposure.

Johnson & Johnson says it's disappointed in the decision and will appeal.

The 66-year-old Anderson alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers that its powder contains asbestos and could cause cancer — charges the company denies.

Johnson & Johnson faces numerous lawsuits over the cancer claim.

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