Johnson & Johnson Must pay Compensation of 4.7 Billion Dollars. A jury in St. Louis in the United States has ruled that pharmaceutical and cosmetics company Johnson & Johnson must pay compensation of 4.7 billion dollars.
22 women had filed a case against the company because they would have received ovarian cancer of the company’s talcum powder.
According to the women, there would be asbestos in the talcum powder. They would have used baby powder and other talc products for years.
The women state that the company has known since the nineties that there is asbestos in the products, but that it never warned consumers.
The amount of 4.7 billion dollars is divided into compensation of 550 million dollars and a fine of 4.09 billion dollars.
Johnson & Johnson has shown that it is appealing against the decision.
The company is currently involved in nine thousand lawsuits about talcum powder.
Last year the company had to pay 417 million dollars in a comparable case. Johnson & Johnson then successfully appealed.
In 2009, the American food and medicine watchdog researched Johnson & Johnson talcum powder. Then it was determined that there was no asbestos in the products.