A total of 22 women filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson demanding that powder-based products cause ovarian cancer.
The fine is applied in several phases. Earlier in the day, the company was ordered to pay USD550 million as damage to the plaintiffs. Then in the afternoon, the jury found Johnson & Johnson also had to pay compensation in the amount of USD4.14 billion.
Lawyers for the women said the asbestos content on Johnson & Johnson talcum baby powder caused ovarian cancer. Furthermore, the lawyer argued that the company knew about this asbestos, but kept the information.
This fine is the largest for companies related to baby powder. Johnson & Johnson had previously also paid millions of dollars because of several lawsuits across the country that began in early 2016.
Talc is the softest mineral known in the world of science. But talc can be naturally contaminated with asbestos where it is mined.
“For more than 40 years, Johnson & Johnson has covered asbestos evidence in their products,” Mark Lanier, a lawyer for the plaintiff, said in a statement.
“We hope this decision will get the attention of the J & J board and will direct them to better inform the medical community and the public about the relationship between asbestos, talc and ovarian cancer. The company must withdraw talc from the market before causing further suffering, danger and death from a terrible disease. ”
This decision on J & J was dropped after the trial lasted for six weeks