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California Jury Awards $29 Million to Woman Who Says She Got Cancer from Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder

California Jury Awards $29 Million to Woman Who Says She Got Cancer from Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder

March 14, 2019

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A woman who claims asbestos in Johnson & Johnson products caused her deadly cancer was awarded $29.4 million by a California jury on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

A jury in a California Superior Court in Oakland determined that defective Baby Powder was a “substantial contributing factor” to Terry Leavitt’s mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that affects the tissue that coats internal organs, the Associated Press reports. Leavitt said she often used two talcum-powder-based Johnson & Johnson products — Baby Powder and Shower to Shower powder — in the 1960s and 1970s, and claims they contributed to her 2017 cancer diagnosis, according to Reuters.

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