In the trial of allegedly cancer-causing powder, a jury in the US state of Missouri has committed the consumer goods company Johnson & Johnson to pay nearly $ 4.7 billion.
In total, 22 women are to be compensated. They claimed in the trial in St. Louis that they were suffering from ovarian cancer due to the company’s products. The sum is made up of $ 550 million in compensation and a $ 4.14 billion fine. Six of the 22 applicants have since died of cancer.
The company expressed disappointment about the verdict and announced legal action. The process was highly unfair. The Group affirmed that its products did not contain asbestos and did not cause cancer. The plaintiffs and their families, on the other hand, had stated that their illnesses were due to decades of use of baby powder or cosmetic powder. At least since the 1970s, Johnson & Johnson had known about asbestos and did not warn consumers.
Mass suit against group
Against the pharmaceutical giant there are 9000 complaints in connection with the allegations. Most of the plaintiffs had stated that the contained mineral talc caused the cancer in the powder. In some cases it is also a matter of alleged contamination of talc with asbestos.
Claimant Mark Lanier accuses Johnson & Johnson of covering up evidence for over 40 years. However, this is not the first time a jury has tried the company – some of the high penalties were later withdrawn on appeal, while in others, higher-level decisions are still pending.