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Brooklyn resident alleges Johnson's baby powder containing asbestos, which caused her cancer
Justice Gerald Lebovitz, State Supreme Court of Manhattan’s federal judge in the US ordered America’s multinational corporation Johnson & Johnson to pay $120 million (around Rs 890 crore) damage to a woman and her husband hailing from Brooklyn, after she blamed her cancer on asbestos exposure from using the company’s baby powder.Donna (67) and her husband Robert Olson (65) in May 2019, had testified that Donna was using company’s baby powder or shower to bathe daily for over 50 years, which resulted in her getting Mesothelioma (tumor caused by inhaling asbestos fibres).
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The multinational corporation has said that it would appeal the verdict, citing ‘significant legal and evidentiary errors’ during the trial. “We deeply sympathize with anyone suffering from cancer, which is why the facts are so important. We remain confident that our talc is safe, asbestos free, and does not cause cancer,” the company said.
Currently, the company faces more than 19,000 lawsuits from numerous consumers alleging that the product is contaminated with asbestos.