Johnson & Johnson convinced a New York judge to cut a $325 million jury award by two-thirds to a woman who blamed her asbestos-related cancer on the use of the J&J’s powder.
The judge refused to throw out the entire 2019 award to Donna Olson and her family over the case that the company’s talc-based powder caused her mesothelioma since he found that there was evidence that it did have to do with the condition. However, he dropped the verdict to $120 million.
J&J is faced with close to 22,000 case that its talc-based powders caused ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer correlated to asbestos exposure. Johnson and Johnson denies that its products cause cancer or that its talc was tainted by asbestos in any way. Cases will continue to be tried for quite some time.