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BREAKING: HIGH COURT WON’T HEAR J&J CHALLENGE TO $2.1B TALC VERDICT
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to take on Johnson & Johnson‘s challenge to a $2.1 billion verdict awarded in Missouri to nearly two dozen women who blamed the purported asbestos in its talcum powder for their ovarian cancer, brushing aside the company’s argument that too many claims were combined for a single trial.
Nearly seven months after the Missouri Supreme Court declined to review the matter, the high court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by the New Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant to challenge a Missouri state appellate decision last year that kept intact about $2.1 billion of the roughly $4.7 billion original landmark verdict.
The Supreme Court’s decision comes nearly three years after jurors awarded a combined $550 million and $4.14 billion in compensatory and punitive damages, respectively, against J&J and its subsidiary Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. over claims their talcum powder products contained asbestos and caused the women to develop ovarian cancer.
A Missouri appeals court in June 2020 slashed about $2.6 billion from the verdict, including by tossing the awards for two out-of-state plaintiffs on jurisdictional grounds because they only used a product manufactured in Georgia.