A California jury awarded $29 million to a woman who said that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum-powder-based products caused her cancer.
According to Reuters, the verdict in California Superior Court in Oakland marks the latest defeat for New Brunswick-based J&J facing more than 13,000 talc-related lawsuits nationwide.
The company said it would appeal, citing “serious procedural and evidentiary errors” in the course of the trial and saying lawyers for the woman had fundamentally failed to show its baby powder contains asbestos. J&J did not provide further details of the alleged errors during the trial.
“We respect the legal process and reiterate that jury verdicts are not medical, scientific or regulatory conclusions about a product,” J&J said in a statement.
The company denies that its talc causes cancer and cites numerous studies and tests by regulators worldwide that have shown that its talc is safe and asbestos-free.
Reuters reported that the jury deliberated for two days before delivering its verdict.
Jurors found that J&J’s talc-based products were defective and that the company had failed to warn consumers of the health risks, awarding. The jury declined to award punitive damages.