Global pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that its baby powder contained asbestos, leading news agency said in a report on Friday.
According to leading news agency investigation, comes in the backdrop of the multiple lawsuits that the company is currently facing — where more than 9,000 plaintiffs have alleged that its talc baby powder products contain asbestos and caused ovarian and other cancers.
In a major setback to the company, St. Louis jury in July had awarded nearly $4.7 billion in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer in the first case against the company that focused on asbestos in the powder.
The jury had announced the $4.14 billion award in punitive damages shortly after awarding $550 million in compensatory damages after a six-week trial in St. Louis Circuit Court. J&J had vowed to file an appeal against its verdict.