A Missouri state court has entered final orders affirming the jury verdict and the compensatory and punitive damage awards in Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson.
That July 12 verdict awarded $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families, finding that decades of daily use of Johnson & Johnson’s asbestos-laden talcum powder products led to development of the women’s ovarian cancer.
The jury award included $550 million in compensatory damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages against the company. The court’s order divides all damages equally among the plaintiffs.
“We hope this judgment will compel Johnson & Johnson to take responsible, effective action in acknowledging the inherent dangers of the use of talc, and specifically the use of Johnson’s Baby Powder and similar products,” says lead trial counsel Mark Lanier of the Lanier Law Firm. “This jury heard almost six weeks of testimony, carefully weighed the evidence and thoughtfully reached their decision. We are confident this judgment will be upheld through any appeals from the defense, and that these women and their families will finally gain the justice they deserve.”
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