A Missouri appeals court on Friday threw out a US$55 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using its talc-based products, including J&J’s Baby Powder, for feminine hygiene. A bottle of Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder is seen in a photo illustration taken in New York, February 24, 2016. (Photo source: REUTERS/Mike Segar/Illustration) A Missouri appeals court on Friday threw out a US$55 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using talc-based products, including J&J’s baby powder, citing a U.S. Supreme court ruling on where such cases can be brought. South Dakota resident Gloria Ristesund had been awarded US$5 million in compensatory damages and US$50 million in punitive damages in the 2016 verdict. She alleged that her decades-long use of J&J talc-based products for feminine hygiene caused her cancer, and that the company had failed to warn consumers about the risks. J&J denied the allegations, saying decades of testing have shown its cosmetic talc-based products to be safe. The healthcare conglomerate is battling some 9,000 cases claiming its talc-based products cause ovarian cancer and, in some… Read full this story
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