J&J Hit With $80M Punitive Damages Verdict In NJ Talc Case

By Bill Wichert (April 11, 2018, 3:04 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey state jury on Wednesday slammed Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier with combined punitive damages of $80 million after finding that the pharmaceutical giant acted with reckless indifference in selling asbestos-containing talcum powder that contributed to a man's development of mesothelioma.

The jury awarded $55 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and $25 million against Imerys. (Getty) Nearly a week after jurors hit J&J and Imerys Talc America Inc. with a $37 million verdict in compensatory damages, they determined that the additional punitive damages were warranted because the companies acted in wanton and willful disregard...

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