Johnson & Johnson will have to pay $ 4,7 billion to 22 women for asbestos damage

Johnson & Johnson will have to pay $ 4,7 billion to 22 women for asbestos damage

Johnson & Johnson has to pay approximately $ 4,7 billion in compensatory and punitive damages to women who point the finger at the asbestos (asbestos) present in his talcum powder as the cause of their ovarian cancer. This was decided by a jury in St. Louis after a five-week trial during which he had the opportunity to listen to dozens of experts. Johnson & Johnson, however, is not there and announces that he will appeal. The verdict "is the product of a fundamentally unfair trial," says Carol Goodrich, a spokesman for Johnson & Johnson.

The company's products do not contain asbestos and do not cause ovarian cancer, Goodrich adds, predicting that the verdict will be reversed. "The various errors in this process were worse than those in previous processes which were then reversed." The St. Louis jury first settled the compensatory damages, setting them at $ 550 million, or roughly $ 25 million for each of the 22 women represented in the case. Then, after meeting again for an hour, it deliberated the punitive damages quantifying them in 4,14 billion, thus bringing the total to 4,69 billion dollars.

During the trial the attorney of the 22 women who revealed that they had ovarian cancer used harsh words against Johnson & Johnson: he knew that his talc products contained asbestos and hid the information from the public, defending the image talcum powder for children like "his sacred cow," said Mark Lanier. Johnson & Johnson - he added - rigged the tests to avoid showing the presence of asbestos, he added.