California jury directs Johnson and Johnson's to pay $29 million to cancer patient

The court found that the baby powder was a "substantial contributing factor" in giving Teresa Leavitt terminal cancer.

Published: 14th March 2019 05:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th March 2019 05:10 PM   |  A+A-

Johnson's Baby Powder

A bottle of Johnson's Baby Powder is seen in a photo illustration taken in New York (Reuters)

By Associated Press

OAKLAND(CALIFORNIA): Johnson & Johnson's must pay $29 million to a woman who claimed its baby powder gave her terminal cancer, a California jury ruled on Wednesday.

A Superior Court jury in Oakland 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 comment were not immediately answered.

Johnson & Johnson's 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 $25.7 million to a woman who blamed her cancer on the powder.
A jury in Missouri last year awarded $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 $139.41.

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