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Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.7bn damages in talc cancer case

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15:10 13-07-2018
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Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $4.7bn (£3.6bn) in damages to 22 women who alleged that its talc products caused them to develop ovarian cancer, BBC reports.

A jury in the US state of Missouri initially awarded $550m in compensation and added $4.1bn in punitive damages.

The verdict comes as the pharmaceutical giant battles some 9,000 legal cases involving its signature talcum powder.

J&J said it was "deeply disappointed" and plans to appeal.

In the six week trial, the women and their families said they developed ovarian cancer after using baby powder and other talc products for decades.

Their lawyers alleged the company knew its talcum powder was contaminated with asbestos since the 1970s but failed to warn consumers about the risks.

The company denied that its products ever contained asbestos and insisted that they do not cause cancer