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Baby Powder From Decades Ago Caused Cancer, California Jury Finds

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Baby Powder From Decades Ago Caused Cancer, California Jury Finds

Leavitt believes her cancer was caused by Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower - another powder containing talc sold by J&J in the past - which she used in the 1960s and 1970s.

J&J faces thousands of lawsuits alleging its talc-based products harmed consumers.

A jury in a California Superior Court in Oakland determined that defective Baby Powder was a "substantial contributing factor" to Terry Leavitt's mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that affects the tissue that coats internal organs, the Associated Press reports. J&J has pledged to appeal cases it has lost and has convinced courts to overturn several jury verdicts so far.

Johnson & Johnson must pay $29 million to a woman who claimed that the asbestos in the company's talcum powder-based products caused her terminal cancer, a California jury ruled Wednesday. In December past year, the company reiterated the safety of its products as a slew of drug regulators around the world such as the US FDA and India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) analysed samples of J&J products.

A United States jury on Wednesday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $29 million (Rs 202 crore) to a woman diagnosed with cancer, who alleged that the asbestos in the firm's talcum-powder-based products caused her disease, Reuters reported.

J&J attorneys asserted in court that there's no conclusive evidence talc caused Leavitt's mesothelioma.

There were serious procedural and evidentiary errors in the proceeding that required us to move for mistrial on eight different points during the proceeding. Cypress Mines, one of J&J's former talc suppliers, is answerable for the remaining 2 percent.

"We respect the legal process and reiterate that jury verdicts are not medical, scientific or regulatory conclusions about a product", J&J said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that lawyers for the woman had fundamentally failed to show its baby powder contained asbestos.

In December, Reuters published an in-depth investigation that showed Johnson & Johnson knew its baby powder occasionally tested positive for small amounts of asbestos and covered up the findings. Judge Brad Seligman, who oversaw the trial, told jurors in February the company was no longer part of the case after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection under the weight of the talc litigation, which stayed lawsuits against it.

The jury awarded $24.4 million to Teresa Leavitt and $5 million to her spouse, Dean McElroy.

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