Johnson & Johnson was hit on Thursday with a $70 million verdict over its talcum powder products in the third case to go to trial this year.
A Missouri jury returned the verdict hours after closing arguments ended in a trial that began on Oct. 4 in the 22nd Circuit Court in the city of St. Louis. The award includes $65 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and $2.5 million in punitive damages against Imerys Talc America Inc., which wasn’t found liable in prior trials, according to plaintiffs firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles in Montgomery, Alabama.
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