The Johnson & Johnson company has faced thousands of lawsuits across the United States for its talcum powder causing ovarian cancer. The company was also accused of failing to warn consumers of the risk of cancer from asbestos in its talc-based products. Recently, an US court has ordered the pharmaceutical giant to pay $2.1 billion in damages.
The Missouri Court of Appeals’ decision cut by more than half the $4.4 billion a jury had awarded 22 people in 2018. The court agreed that some of the complainants should not have been included in the case as they were from outside the state.
On Tuesday, the decision upheld the awarding of damages for the company “knowingly selling products that contained asbestos to consumers.”
“Because defendants are large, multi-billion-dollar corporations, we believe a large amount of punitive damages is necessary to have an effect in this case,” the judgement said.
“It is impossible to place monetary value on the physical, mental and emotional anguish complaints suffered because of their injury caused by defendants.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, a spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson said the company would appeal the decision in the Supreme Court of Missouri. A California jury became the latest to award millions in damages to a complaint who said the company’s baby powder had given her terminal cancer.
The company last month declared that it will stop the manufacturing of talc-based baby powder due to the “constant barrage of litigation advertising” over the product.