J&J Hit With $29.5M Verdict In Latest Talc Trial

Law360 (March 13, 2019, 9:20 PM EDT) -- A California state jury on Wednesday found Johnson & Johnson's talcum-based baby powder contained cancer-causing asbestos and caused a woman’s mesothelioma, awarding nearly $29.5 million.

A California jury blamed Johnson's baby powder for a woman's mesothelioma. (AP) After deliberating for roughly two days, the Oakland jury returned with a verdict in favor of plaintiff Teresa E. Leavitt, finding that J&J’s baby powder contained asbestos and was a substantial factor in causing Leavitt’s cancer. The jury found that J&J and onetime talc supplier Cyprus Mines Corp. both bore portions of responsibility.

The jury of 12 unanimously found that J&J failed to adequately warn...

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