stuff: Johnson & Johnson must pay US$29 million (about NZ$42m) to a woman who claimed its baby powder gave her terminal cancer, a US jury has ruled.
A Superior Court jury in Oakland, California on Thursday (NZ time) found the world’s largest health care company mainly liable for Teresa Leavitt’s mesothelioma.
The verdict said that the baby powder was a “substantial contributing factor” in her illness.
Her suit is one of many that link cancers to asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products and contend that the company concealed the health risk for decades.
Requests for comment from the New Jersey-based company were not immediately answered.
Johnson & Johnson is facing some 13,000 similar lawsuits around the country.
The company has insisted that its talc-based products are demonstrably safe but it has lost a string of court cases.
Last year, a Los Angeles jury awarded US$25.7 million to a woman who blamed her cancer on the powder.
A jury in Missouri last year awarded US$4.69 million to 22 women.
Johnson & Johnson’s stock price dropped nearly 2 per cent after hours on Wednesday before recovering to close at US$139.41.
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