A Northern California jury late Wednesday handed up a $29 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a case testing a claim that using its baby powder as a base for makeup or dry shampoo caused her to get mesothelioma.
The verdict excluded punitive damages, but included an award of $22 million in noneconomic damages to the Teresa Leavitt, who received a mesothelioma diagnosis in 2017. The jury’s finding comes one day after a House subcommittee heard testimony about the safety concerns surrounding cosmetic talc.
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