Johnson & Johnson verdict handed out

A Missouri jury has ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay $72 million in damages in a lawsuit over its talcum powder. The suit was brought by the family of Jackie Fox who say Fox died of ovarian cancer caused by the company’s product.

Plaintiffs in the case argued that Johnson and Johnson was aware of and neglected the dangers its talcum powder presented.

The company is appealing the ruling, which represents the first award of damages by a US jury over similar claims. Johnson and Johnson released a statement saying it stands by the safety of its talcum powder.

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