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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) has been ordered to pay $260 million to an Oregon woman who claims their talc powder caused her mesothelioma, a cancer linked to asbesto

J&J Hit with $260 Million Verdict in Oregon Talc Powder Lawsuit

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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) has been ordered to pay $260 million to an Oregon woman who claims their talc powder caused her mesothelioma, a cancer linked to asbestos exposure. This verdict comes amidst J&J's ongoing efforts to settle thousands of similar lawsuits through a $6.48 billion pre-packaged bankruptcy.

Key Points:

  • A jury in Portland, Oregon awarded $260 million to Kyung Lee, who developed mesothelioma at the age of 48.
  • Lee alleges she used J&J's talc powder for over 30 years, starting in infancy when her mother used it on her and continuing as a deodorant.
  • The verdict includes $60 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages, covering both Lee and her husband.
  • J&J denies the allegations, stating decades of scientific research confirms their talc is safe and doesn't cause cancer. They plan to appeal the verdict.

Continuing Legal Battles

This case highlights the ongoing legal battles surrounding J&J's talc products. While J&J seeks a large-scale settlement, individual lawsuits continue, with some juries awarding significant damages to plaintiffs.

Safety Concerns Persist

Lee's case reignites concerns about the safety of J&J's talc powder, particularly due to her claim of asbestos contamination. J&J maintains their product is safe, but the verdict reflects lingering public anxieties.

Uncertain Future

The outcome of J&J's appeal and the success of their proposed settlement remain to be seen. This case adds another layer of complexity to the ongoing legal saga surrounding J&J's talc powder.

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