Johnson & Johnson's shares sank on Thursday after a jury in California ordered the company to pay more than $ 29 million to a woman who claims that asbestos in talc powder products has caused cancer. Passing his sentence to the Supreme Court of Alameda County on Wednesday, the jury found that Johnson and Johnson were aware of the potential risks that his baby had been contaminated but failed to alert the woman, Teresa Levitt.
Ms. Leavitt A resident of San Leandro who was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related mucosal cancer in August 201
The jury awarded Mrs. Livith $ 22 million for her pain and suffering, $ 5 million to compensate her family members, nearly $ 1.3 million for her medical expenses, and $ 1.2 million d. Johnson and Johnson said in a statement that he was disappointed by the verdict, quoting "serious procedural and evidential errors in the proceedings," and that he plans to appeal. As in previous cases where the company has struggled with mixed success, she says decades of tests show that her baby's dust does not contain asbestos or causes cancer. His shares fell by about 1% at the beginning of afternoon trading.
More than 13,000 plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for what they say is a cancer caused by its talc products. The New York Times reported last year that the company spent decades trying to keep negative information about the potential risk of asbestos pollution from the public.
Ms. Leavitt's complaint claims that Johnson & Johnson has medical and scientific data from the early 1920s that raise concerns about the presence of asbestos in talc and show a health hazard to people exposed to asbestos-containing products.
Johnson and Johnson said they received summons from the Ministry of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission for more details on their talc products
In July, a jury in Missouri received a prize $ 4.69 billion to 22 women who claim that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson's products, including the signature of baby powder, causes them to develop ovarian cancer. In December, the company lost a proposal to revoke the sentence. Currently, the company's complaint is under consideration.
Talc is used in more than 2000 products, including many beauty products and personal care, according to government data. The Food and Drug Administration has warned this month that it has found asbestos in cosmetics sold by Claire, a retailer targeting teenagers. The company said it had stopped selling all talc products, including those quoted by the agency, and planned to destroy its existing inventory. She also said she had stopped producing talc cosmetics last year. An epidemiologist at Fred Hatschinson's Center for Cancer Research in Seattle testifies that talc significantly increases the risk of cancer during the hearing.