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(Reuters) — Johnson & Johnson and an Imerys S.A. unit must pay an additional $80 million in punitive damages in a lawsuit claiming a man developed cancer due to his exposure to asbestos in talc-based products, a New Jersey state court jury said Wednesday.
The decision brings the total award to $117 million, including the jury’s verdict last Thursday that ordered the two companies to pay $37 million in compensatory damages.
The verdict by jurors in New Brunswick, New Jersey, came in the second trial nationally to focus on claims that J&J’s talc products contained asbestos as the company separately fights thousands of cases claiming they can also cause ovarian cancer.
(Reuters) — A California judge on Friday threw out a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using its talc-based products like Johnson's Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.