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STL Jury Awards $550M in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Case

It's the first case nationwide that's suing the company over asbestos content in the product.

July 12, 2018 - 4:32 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) - A St. Louis jury has awarded $550 million to a group of nearly two dozen women who claim asbestos found in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer.

It's the first case nationwide that's suing the company over asbestos content in the product.

Twenty-two women were apart of this lawsuit. Six of the 22 plaintiffs have died from ovarian cancer. Five plaintiffs were from Missouri, with others from states that include Arizona, New York, North Dakota, California, Georgia, the Carolinas and Texas.

The case began June 4 and ended with the verdict Thursday afternoon. Punitive damages are still to be decided.

The company has been sued by more than 9,000 women who claim its talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson has consistently denied that its products can be linked to the cancer.

Previous talc trials have also resulted in multi-million-dollar verdicts for the plaintiffs - some have been denied, and other rewards have been reversed on appeal.