J&J Can't Beat $186M Punitive Award In Talc Asbestos Case

Law360 (June 29, 2020, 11:35 AM EDT) -- A New Jersey state judge on Monday torpedoed Johnson & Johnson's bid to escape $186 million in combined punitive damages over its sale of baby powder allegedly contaminated with asbestos, citing the pharmaceutical giant's "direct lies" to consumers and regulators.

Superior Court Judge Ana C. Viscomi denied the company's motions to set aside or reduce that award following a trial earlier this year, saying jurors could find by "clear and convincing evidence presented" that J&J engaged in a series of misdeeds.

Those findings include that "J&J knew its talc was contaminated with asbestos for decades" but did not provide that information...

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