New York judge ordered multinational corporation Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $ 120 million to woman who developed rare form of asbestos-linked lung cancer and blames the company’s talcum powder , nearly a third of the compensation decided last year by a jury.
In May 2019, a jury ordered J&J to compensate Donna Olson and her husband Robert, of Brooklyn, New York, with $ 325 million in a high-profile case that spanned more than three months in Supreme Court. of New York, and the company announced at the time that it would appeal the verdict.
In a further development of the case, Judge Gerald Lebovits ordered a dramatic reduction in various compensations for the woman’s “past and future” suffering; by the closing of a consortium of her husband, due to illness; and for damages, according to court documents.
The biggest reduction is that of the penalty for damages, which goes from 300 to 105 million, while the two other concepts together fall from 25 to 15 million.
“We continue to believe that this trial suffered significant legal and evidentiary errors, and we will seek an appeal of the verdict. We deeply sympathize with anyone with cancer, which is why facts are so important. We remain confident that our talc is safe, asbestos-free and does not cause cancer, ”the company said.
Johnson & Johnson told the US actions regulator in October that lawsuits alleging its talcum powder caused cancer “continued to rise,” primarily in courts in the states of Missouri, New Jersey and California.
Last June, the Missouri Court of Appeals overturned another verdict against J&J in a similar case in 2018 and reduced the compensation it owed to about 20 women with ovarian cancer by 4.7 billion to 2.1 billion, less than half.
The company, which faces more than 19,000 lawsuits across the country for linking its talcum powder to cancer, stopped marketing the product in the country and in Canada last May.