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J&J Loses Second Talc-Asbestos Trial and Damages May Grow

Jef Feeley, Margaret Cronin Fisk, Edvard Pettersson
J&J Loses Second Talc-Asbestos Trial and Damages May Grow

Johnson & Johnson lost a second trial linking baby powder use to deadly asbestos cancer and jurors must next decide whether to punish the company on top of their award of $21.7 million in damages. Jurors in state court in California concluded Wednesday J&J was liable for Joanne Anderson’s mesothelioma and awarded the 68-year-old compensatory damages. It’s the second jury in less than two months to conclude J&J sold its iconic baby powder knowing it contained at least trace amounts of asbestos and posed a cancer risk to users.