Following our post reporting that a jury ordered pharma giant Johnson and Johnson to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women who have suffered ovarian cancer allegedly as a result of using talcum powder contaminated with asbestos, a jury in California this week awarded $29m to a woman who said asbestos in the company's talcum-powder-based products caused her mesothelioma cancer.
Terry Leavitt was diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer in 2017. She told the court that she had used Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, another product containing talc, during the 1960s and 70s.
The company continues to deny that its talc causes cancer, citing various studies and tests by regulators worldwide that have shown it to be safe and asbestos-free.
This week's judgement however marks the latest defeat for the company, which faces more than 13,000 talc-related lawsuits in the US.
The jury decided the talc-based products used by Ms Leavitt were defective and that the company had failed to warn consumers of the health risks. The jury declined to award punitive damages.
While previous lawsuits focused on ovarian cancer, Ms Leavitt's case argued that asbestos contamination in talc caused mesothelioma, a form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure.