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J&J asks Supreme Court to void $2B talc cancer verdict

Pharmaceutical large Johnson & Johnson is asking the United States Supreme Court to overview the $2 billion verdict in opposition to it in favor of girls who mentioned the company’s talc merchandise include asbestos and may trigger ovarian cancer.

The nation’s excessive courtroom may say as quickly as Tuesday whether or not it can contain itself.

The case options former impartial counsel Kenneth Starr, who’s representing the ladies who sued Johnson & Johnson. Starr investigated former President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, which led to Clinton’s impeachment.

After a six-week trial in St. Louis Circuit Court in 2018, a jury awarded $4.7 billion to 22 girls who used J&J talc merchandise and developed ovarian cancer.

Circuit Judge Rex Burlison later wrote that proof introduced on the trial confirmed “particularly reprehensible conduct” on the a part of the defendants.

Women have claimed that Johnson & Johnson’s child powder has talc in it, which may trigger ovarian cancer.
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Burlison wrote that “defendants knew of the presence of asbestos in products that they knowingly targeted for sale to mothers and babies, knew of the damage their products caused, and misrepresented the safety of these products for decades.”

J&J appealed the jury verdict, and final year a Missouri appeals courtroom rejected the company’s request to throw out the ruling however did cut back the verdict to about $2.1 billion as a result of among the girls have been from out of state.

Kenneth Starr is representing the ladies suing J&J within the case.
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The lawsuit is considered one of many filed on behalf of hundreds of girls who declare J&J’s talc-based merchandise like child powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. Other fits have claimed that the merchandise brought about mesothelioma. 

The company has denied that its merchandise will be linked to cancer, although it introduced final year it might cease promoting its talc-based child powder within the US and Canada. 

It mentioned on the time that the choice to discontinue the product was due to falling demand “fueled by misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation advertising.”

Last year, a US-led evaluation of 250,000 girls discovered no sturdy proof linking child powder with ovarian cancer, although the research’s lead writer referred to as the outcomes “very ambiguous.”

An editorial printed in January 2020 within the Journal of the American Medical Association referred to as the findings “overall reassuring.” The research wasn’t definitive however conclusive analysis most likely isn’t possible due to a drop in girls utilizing the merchandise, the editorial mentioned.

With Post wires