Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson

Judge Tosses $417 Million Talc Cancer Verdict Against Johnson And Johnson

The ruling by Judge Maren Nelson of the Los Angeles Superior Court is the latest in a string of lawsuits the embattled company is facing regarding lawsuits from women and family members who have accused J&J of not warning consumers enough regarding the cancer risks its talc-based products have, Reuters reports.

Despite the spate of judgments against them, Johnson & Johnson maintain that their product is safe and allege that they continue to be guided by the science on talcum powder.

The superior Court of California decided Friday to Johnson & Johnson by cancelling the payment of 417 million USA $ of damages and in ordering a new trial, the judge considered that the arguments of the complainant were not convincing enough.

But Nelson, in a 51-page decision, detailed a host of problems with the case, including the jury including attorney fees and taxes into its calculation of $70 million in compensatory damages.

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But in a statement, Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said: 'Ovarian cancer is a devastating disease - but it is not caused by the cosmetic-grade talc we have used in Johnson's Baby Powder for decades. She died in 2015.

The company said it was pleased with the ruling. For his part, Mark Robinson, counsel for the complainant Eva Echeverria, has promised to appeal this new decision. We will ask the appellate court to uphold this jury's verdict.

He said: 'We will continue to fight on behalf of all women who have been impacted by this risky product'.

She used the company's baby powder on a daily basis beginning in the 1950s until 2016 and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, according to court papers. Nevertheless a careful approach will be required when dealing with any such claims to ensure that the links between the talcum powder and the alleged cancer can be scientifically corroborated. Previous verdicts totaling more than $300 million had come from Missouri juries, including a $72 million award that a Missouri Court of Appeals tossed on Wednesday. J&J pointed out that declarations made by two of the jurors after the trial showed that three members of the 12-person panel who voted against the company's liabilities were improperly excluded from determining damages.

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