Missouri Supreme Court Denies Review of $2.11 Billion Talc-Ovarian Cancer Ruling

The Supreme Court of the State of Missouri has denied an effort by Johnson & Johnson’s legal counsel to seek reconsideration of a state appellate court’s recent opinion that upheld $2.11 billion in punitive and compensatory damages against the company and its affiliate in claims that the company’s iconic talc-based baby powder caused the ovarian cancer of almost two dozen plaintiffs.

“The trial jury sent a loud message alerting the world to the dangers of talc. Now that message has been confirmed through each level of the state’s appellate system,” said Mark Lanier, founder of The Lanier Law Firm and counsel for the plaintiffs in the July 2018 trial. “While we applaud J&J’s decision to cease distributing its talc-based powders in North America, much more needs to be done to provide justice for victims both now, and in the future.”

In late June of this year the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District found that J&J engaged in “reprehensible conduct” by manufacturing and selling asbestos-containing talcum powder products over the course of many decades.  While reducing the $4.69 billion in damages awarded by the trial court jury, and disallowing damages to two of the 22 plaintiffs on jurisdictional grounds, the court stated that evidence introduced at trial “proved with convincing clarity that Defendants engaged in outrageous conduct because of an evil motive or reckless indifference.”

To speak with Mr. Lanier about the case, please contact Barry Pound at  800-559-4534 or barry@androvett.com.

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