FILE PHOTO: A Johnson & Johnson constructing is proven in Irvine, California, U.S., January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Picture
(Reuters) – A California jury on Wednesday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $29 million to a lady who mentioned that asbestos within the firm’s talcum-powder-based merchandise, together with Johnson’s Child Powder, triggered her mesothelioma.
The decision, in California Superior Court docket in Oakland, marks the most recent defeat for the healthcare conglomerate, which faces greater than 13,000 talc-related lawsuits nationwide.
J&J mentioned it was disenchanted with the decision and would enchantment, citing “severe procedural and evidentiary errors” in the middle of the trial.
The New Brunswick, New Jersey-based firm denies that its talc causes most cancers, saying quite a few research and checks by regulators worldwide have proven that its talc is protected and asbestos-free.
The lawsuit, introduced by Terry Leavitt, was the primary of greater than a dozen J&J talc instances scheduled for trial in 2019. The nine-week trial started on Jan. 7 and included testimony from almost a dozen specialists on either side.
The jury deliberated for 2 days earlier than delivering its verdict, which was broadcast on-line by Courtroom View Community.
Reporting by Tina Bellon and extra reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Invoice Rigby