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A woman who claimed that decades of exposure to Johnson & Johnson’s asbestos-containing talcum powder had caused her to develop mesothelioma has signed on to a $105 million punitive damages award, after a Manhattan judge reduced a $300 million jury verdict in her favor.

The order from Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gerald Lebovits found that a jury in 2019 awarded plaintiffs Donna and Robert Olson excessive damages following a 14-week trial on the couple’s failure-to-warn and defective design claims against J&J and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

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