OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson must pay $29 million to a woman who claimed its baby powder gave her terminal cancer, a California jury ruled Wednesday. A Superior Court jury in…
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.
Johnson & Johnson 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.