The jury’s verdict of July 2018 had ordered $4.69 billion paid to the allegations of 22 women and their families, but the court decided to reduce the damage because it said that some of the applicants were from outside the state and should not have been included in the suit, St. Louis announced Today.
Johnson & Johnson appealed this judgment, asking the court to throw the decision entirely, the court refused to do, saying that he had found “significant reprehensibility” in the company. The court has cited in its internal decision-making protocols as far back as the 1960s, indicating that the company’s talc products contained asbestos, a known carcinogen.
“A reasonable inference from all of this evidence is that, motivated by profits, the defendants disregarded the safety of consumers in spite of their knowledge of the talc in their products caused cancer of the ovary,” the decision said, according to The New York Times.
The plaintiffs “have shown clear and convincing evidence that defendants engaged in conduct that was outrageous because of evil motive or reckless indifference,” the court said.
Johnson & Johnson has to pay $ 500 million in actual damages and $1.62 billion in punitive damages.
Kim Montagnino, a spokesman for the company, told the Times that Johnson & Johnson will ask for reconsideration of the case by the Supreme Court of Missouri.
“We continue to believe that it was fundamentally a flawed trial, on grounds of a defect of the presentation of the facts,” she said. “We remain confident that our talc is of course asbestos free, and does not cause cancer.”
Mark Lanier, who represents the plaintiffs, said the ruling was ” a clarion call for J&J to try and find a good way to resolve the case for people who have been injured,” according to Fox Business. The Six plaintiffs in the case of the death before the trial began, and five others died before the trial ended in 2018, according to the Times.
Lanier told The Hill in a statement that his clients “appreciate the extent of time and attention of the scholarships indicated in the court of appeal meticulous, detailed decision.”
Johnson & Johnson has defended its talc-based products safely that the company is facing more than 19,000 lawsuits related to these products, as of March. The company has appealed almost all cases, he lost.
Last month, the company announced that it was going to put an end to its talc-based products in the UNITED states and Canada, citing declining sales and the “misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation from the advertising.”
In October, Johnson & Johnson recalled to 33 000 bottles the baby powder after the Food and Drug Administration found traces of asbestos in a bottle.