Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America were hit with an $80 million punitive damages verdict Wednesday in a suit by a New Jersey man who said he developed mesothelioma from using Johnson’s Baby Powder. Total damages in the case rose to $117 million with the addition of today’s verdict to last week’s $37 million in compensatory damages.
The jury apportioned $55 million of the punitive damages to Johnson & Johnson and the other $25 million to Imerys. The jury made the award after deliberating for about three hours. The verdict was handed up in New Jersey Superior Court for Middlesex County. Middlesex County is home to J&J’s headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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