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Woman with cancer who sued J&J awarded $29M by California jury

Woman with cancer who sued J&J awarded $29M by California jury

J&J denies allegations that its talc causes cancer, saying numerous studies and tests by regulators worldwide have shown that its talc is safe and asbestos-free. Also past year, a Missouri jury awarded $4.69 billion to 22 women who all said they got cancer after using the baby powder.

A whopping 13,000 similar lawsuits have been filed across the country against the massive health care company.

The company is now fighting two asbestos-related lawsuits in New Jersey and Oklahoma courts, and two more trials could begin this month, the UBS analysts said.

J&J officials contend Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman made errors in rulings on procedure and evidence in the trial that should have resulted in a mistrial.

In July 2018, a jury in Missouri ordered the pharmaceutical company to pay $4.7 billion (Rs 32,169 crore) in damages to 22 women who alleged that they had developed ovarian cancer after using the company's talc products.

The lawsuit was brought by Terry Leavitt, who said she used Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower - another powder containing talc sold in the past - in the 1960s and 1970s and was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017.

A California jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $29 million to a woman with mesothelioma who claimed that asbestos in the conglomerate's talcum powder products caused her cancer.

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Asbestos is found insulation, roofing and some plastics, but according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the naturally occurring minerals also turn up in the pure form of talc, which is the basis for talcum powder like that used in Johnson & Johnson's products.

"We will pursue an appeal because Johnson's Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer".

'We respect the legal process and reiterate that jury verdicts are not medical, scientific or regulatory conclusions about a product, ' J&J said in a statement on Wednesday.

J&J has appealed all of the plaintiff verdicts, and the company said it is confident the verdicts would be overturned on appeal.

A court in the USA state of California ordered Johnson & Johnson to compensate a woman to the tune of $29 million for cancer complications she developed from using the company's talcum powder, according to media reports. Cypress Mines, one of J&J's former talc suppliers, is answerable for the remaining 2 percent.

"'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.

Some of its talc products sometimes contained materials that "might be classified as asbestos powder", The New York Times reported, quoting an internal company memo.