Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that develops around the protective lining of the heart, lungs, and abdomen. While it can have other causes, most cases of mesothelioma are linked to asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma can take between 20 and 50 years to develop.
Recently, manufacturers of talc-based products like baby powder have been accused by numerous litigants of asbestos contamination of their products. One of the most widely known manufacturers is Johnson & Johnson, known for its iconic Baby Powder for more than 100 years. The company is currently facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that the use of their product caused both men and women to develop ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma Guide reports that a multi-billion-dollar verdict against Johnson & Johnson has been upheld in Missouri.
The case involves 22 women who sued Johnson & Johnson claiming that their talc powder was contaminated with asbestos. The lawsuit further alleged that the women developed ovarian cancer as a result of their use of the product.
The initial verdict, which came in 2018, was originally for a sum of $4.69 billion. It was reduced by the court to $2.2 billion.
A Missouri appeals court upheld the verdict.
This is not the only multi-million-dollar verdict that has been handed against Johnson & Johnson. Since the start of 2019, victims have been awarded a total of nearly $800 million against manufacturers Johnson & Johnson and Colgate.
In May, Johnson & Johnson made the announcement that it would cease the production and sale of its talc-based baby powder in the United States and Canada.
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