Johnson & Johnson Hit With $29 Million Verdict in Case Over Talc as well as Asbestos

Johnson & Johnson’s shares dipped on Thursday after a jury in California ordered the company to pay more than $29 million to a woman who claimed which asbestos in its talc-based powder products had caused her cancer.

In rendering its verdict in Alameda County Superior Court on Wednesday, the jury found which Johnson & Johnson knew about the potential risks which its baby powder was contaminated, however failed to warn the woman, Teresa Leavitt.

Ms. Leavitt, a resident of San Leandro, received a diagnosis of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of internal organs which will be associated with asbestos, in August 2017. Her lawyer, Joseph D. Satterley, said she had used Johnson & Johnson talc products for more than 30 years.

The jury awarded Ms. Leavitt $22 million for her pain as well as suffering, $5 million to compensate her family members, nearly $1.3 million for her medical costs as well as $1.2 million for her lost wages, Mr. Satterley said.

Johnson & Johnson said in a statement which which was disappointed with the verdict, citing “serious procedural as well as evidentiary errors inside proceeding,” as well as which which planned to appeal. As in past cases, which the company has fought with mixed success, which said decades of testing showed which its baby powder did not contain asbestos or cause cancer. Its shares fell 1 percent in trading on Thursday.

More than 13,000 plaintiffs have sued Johnson & Johnson over what they say are cancers caused by its talc products. The completely new York Times reported last year which the company had spent decades trying to keep negative information about the potential risk of asbestos contamination by reaching the public.

Ms. Leavitt’s complaint claims which Johnson & Johnson has, since the early 1900s, “possessed medical as well as scientific data which raised concerns regarding the presence of asbestos in talcum powder as well as which demonstrated the existence of health hazards to those exposed to asbestos-containing talcum powder products.”

Johnson & Johnson said in a regulatory filing last month which which had received subpoenas by the Justice Department as well as the Securities as well as Exchange Commission for more details about its talc products.