Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay US$260 million by Portland court in latest talc case
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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay US$260 million by Portland court in latest talc case

THE WHAT? The 4th Judicial District Circuit Court in Portland has delivered the latest verdict in the ongoing talc litigation. Defendant Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay US$260 million in damages to an Oregon woman who claims to have developed mesothelioma as a result of using the company’s talc.

THE DETAILS According to a report published by Reuters, the jury award includes US$60 million in compensatory damages and US$200 million in punitive damages.

Johnson & Johnson continues to emphasize that its talc is safe, does not contain asbestos and does not cause cancer.

THE WHY? The case is part of a veritable tidal wave of claims against the US health care manufacturer, who continues to attempt to limit its liability through a bankruptcy deal.

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