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New York jury orders J&J to pay $300 million in punitive damages

In the latest news on the tainted talc cases against Johnson & Johnson, a Manhattan jury has awarded a couple $25 million in compensatory damages and another $300 million in punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish wrongdoers. The jury agreed that asbestos in J&J's talc-based products caused the wife's mesothelioma.

Recognizing mesothelioma symptoms is difficult but vitally important

What would you think of a cough that doesn't get better? Or an increasing shortness of breath? Or fatigue? There are all kinds of illnesses and diseases that can cause these symptoms, many of which are often harmless. However, they can also be signs of a deadly cancer called mesothelioma.

Jury awards at least $25 million in latest J&J talc products case

Johnson & Johnson is facing over 14,000 claims that its talc-based products, Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, can cause ovarian cancer or mesothelioma when used for regular hygiene. Mesothelioma is specifically tied to asbestos exposure, and the plaintiffs argue that J&J's talc supply is tainted with asbestos.

Cosmetics contaminated by asbestos

Even after years of research showing that exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma, there are still many ways to encounter the dangerous substance. Although some products contain asbestos by design (a practice that is questionable to say the least), an equal but hidden danger is products that were never supposed to contain asbestos in the first place.

J&J targeted minorities, others, knowing talc might cause cancer

In the 1970s, pediatricians began warning new parents not to use Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder or other talc-based powders to address diaper rash because it is dangerous for infants to inhale talc powder. Unfortunately, that left J&J needing a new business model. They chose to market the product to adults as a powder with antiperspirant and deodorant qualities.

SCOTUS rules manufacturers liable when they knew asbestos would be added later

Certain equipment used on Navy vessels and in naval shipyards uses asbestos. However, many are manufactured as "bare metal," without the asbestos components installed. The asbestos components are added later by the user or a third party, but the equipment manufacturer knows that it will happen. Indeed, the asbestos components are necessary to make the equipment work.

J&J news: Federal subpoenas, $29-million loss in mesothelioma case

Recently, Johnson & Johnson admitted in its annual report that it has received subpoenas from the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The subpoenas apparently related to the litigation alleging that J&J's signature line of baby powder contained asbestos and caused cancer among regular users.

FDA: Asbestos found in Claire's Stores cosmetics containing talc

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, its regulatory framework of 80 years needs to be updated to test the safety of cosmetics. Currently, cosmetics manufacturers are not required to test their products for safety before selling them on the American market. The FDA has proposed working with Congress to remedy that.

Will a Missouri Supreme Court ruling help J&J in its talc cases?

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is being sued nationwide for exposing users of its talc-based products, including J&J Baby Powder, to asbestos despite knowing the risk. They are accused of hiding evidence that the talc used in their products was contaminated with asbestos. Plaintiffs claim they used the products-often on themselves and their children-for daily routine hygiene, only to later develop mesothelioma or ovarian cancer.

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