A major verdict was announced Thursday, July 12th for a class-action lawsuit brought against product manufacturer Johnson & Johnson.
The jury awarded $4.14 billion dollars of punitive damages and $550 million dollars in actual damages to 22 plaintiffs. Cost breakdown shows that each of the plaintiffs would receive about $25 million in regards to the actual damages.
About the Verdict
The all-female group of plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in St. Louis, Missouri on the grounds that Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder contained asbestos, causing ovarian cancer. Johnson and Johnson plan to appeal the ruling with spokeswoman Carol Goodrich commenting via e-mail in an article posted by Bloomberg Business that the verdict “was the product of a fundamentally unfair process that allowed plaintiffs to present a group of 22 women, most of whom had no connection to Missouri, in a single case all alleging that they developed ovarian cancer.”
Six of the plaintiff’s families are also pursuing wrongful death cases against Johnson and Johnson. Imerys America which is a talc supplier for Johnson and Johnson, reached a settlement the plaintiffs prior to the start of the trial and the terms were unable to be disclosed.
Contact our office at (303) 327-9988 if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian or uterine cancer, and would like to discuss options in regards to joining the class-action suit. We can also be reached via our website.