Talc Cancer Verdict of $4.6 Billion Sends ‘Very Powerful Message’

 A St. Louis jury Thursday awarded $550 million in actual damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over claims its talcum powder caused ovarian cancer in women who used the company’s products for years.

This trial, which began June 4 in St. Louis Circuit Court, had 22 plaintiffs making claims against the company. The jury basically awarded $25 million to each family who sued, including six plaintiffs who sued on behalf of relatives who died and other plaintiffs who had a spouse who claimed health effects.

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