Missouri court cuts J&J talc verdict to $2.12 billion

June 23, 2020

A Missouri appeals court have rejected Johnson & Johnson’s attempt to throw out a jury verdict in favor of 22 women with ovarian cancer. However, the court reduced the damages to $2.12 billion—down from the original $4.69 billion.

The Missouri Court of Appeals dismissed some of the claims by some of the 22 women while still holding to its July 2018 verdict. The court found that J&J and an affiliate concealed for decades that the talc products contained asbestos and worked to ensure that testing protocols would not detect asbestos in all talc samples. All while publishing articles downplaying talc safety hazards.

J&J says it will appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Read the Reuters report