May 5, 2017

Johnson & Johnson gets hit again for punitive damages in Missouri talc litigation

Bloomberg news reports that a jury in St. Louis has awarded $5 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson, in a lawsuit alleging that the company's talcum powder products (Shower to Shower and Baby Powder) caused the plaintiff's ovarian cancer.

This is the fourth time a jury in Missouri has awarded punitive damages against J&J based on claims that talc can cause ovarian cancer. A fifth trial resulted in a defense verdict.  The company says it plans to appeal, and that the verdict is contrary to governmental and scientific consensus that talc is safe.  The plaintiff's counsel accuses the company of "spending millions in efforts to manipulate scientific and regulatory scrutiny."

Johnson & Johnson is also fighting against an award of $1 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit over allegedly defective hip implants  (Update: they also got hit for $17.5 million in punitive damages in a pelvic mesh lawsuit in Philadelphia last week.)

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