Johnson & Johnson will have to pay $ 2.1 billion in compensation to women who have accused their ovarian cancer of asbestos in a pharmacist’s baby powder after the US Supreme Court refused to review the case.
The verdict was the largest against a company that has fought a wave of lawsuits and lost several cases as thousands of people claimed the product had caused cancer. The appeal, rejected on Tuesday, concerned a case involving 22 women in Missouri in 2018.
“The court’s decision not to hear Ingham’s case leaves unresolved significant legal issues that state and federal courts will continue to face,” J&J said, adding that decades of independent scientific assessments confirm Johnson’s Baby Powder is safe. “does not contain asbestos, does not cause cancer.”
The company said last year that it was stop selling Its baby powder in the US և Canada experienced a 60% drop in sales after three years.
Supreme Court justices uphold Missouri court ruling that jury paid J&J $ 4.7 billion as compensation, although the penalty was later reduced to $ 2.12 billion.
In November, a Missouri state court denied J & J’s appeal and sent the case to the state Supreme Court. The pharmacist claimed that by combining several separate talc lawsuits before a jury, the lawsuit violated J & J’s due process under the US Constitution.
Shares of J&J fell 1.6 percent in New York on Tuesday morning after it became clear that he would not be able to make that argument and would have to pay the prize instead.
Several major US business groups, including the Business Roundtable և US Chamber of Commerce, supported the company ‘s appeal.
Talcum powder is made from mineral talc, which naturally contains asbestos, a substance that can cause cancer. The healthcare industry agreed in 1976 to ensure that not all talc products contained detectable levels of asbestos.