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J&J Jury Asks Judge to Slap Cancer Warning on Baby Powder

Jef Feeley, Margaret Cronin Fisk
J&J Jury Asks Judge to Slap Cancer Warning on Baby Powder

If Johnson & Johnson won’t put a warning on its baby powder that it may be tainted with asbestos, some jurors were ready to do it for them. A California jury weighing J&J’s punishment over its handling of its iconic baby powder asked a judge May 24 if they could force the company to warn consumers that its Johnson’s Baby Powder could be contaminated with asbestos, according to the law firm that won the case against the health-care giant. After the judge said no, the jury awarded $4 million in punitive damages Thursday to Joanne Anderson, a 68-year-old woman who claimed her deadly cancer was caused by asbestos in J&J’s baby powder.