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Johnson & Johnson Talc Verdict Cut in Half to $2.1 Billion by State Court

  • Judges affirm award over baby powder claims, cite J&J conduct
  • J&J says it will appeal ruling to the Missouri Supreme Court
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A Missouri appeals court refused to toss out a $4.7 billion jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson over cancer claims linked to talc-based products including baby powder but agreed to cut the total payout to $2.1 billion to the women who sued the company.

In a unanimous 83-page opinion issued Tuesday, a three-judge panel said 2018 trial testimony by plaintiffs’ experts about the risk of asbestos exposure from talc-powder use was based on “reasonable methodology” and provided the St. Louis jury a legitimate basis for holding J&J liable for the cancers in almost two dozen women.