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United States Supreme Court Rejects Johnson & Johnson Talc Appeal

Posted by Peter Akmajian | Jun 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court today left in place a $2 billion verdict in favor of women who claimed they developed ovarian cancer from using Johnson & Johnson talc products. 

The justices did not comment in rejecting the appeal.  Two Justices, Alito and Kavanagh, did not participate in the Court's decision because Justice Alito holds stock in J&J and Justice Kavanagh's father headed the trade association that lobbied against labeling talc a carcinogen, or placing warning labels.

The appeal stemmed from a Missouri case in which the jury originally awarded the women $4.7 billion, but a state appeals court dropped two women from the case and reduced the award to $2 billion.

The jury found that J&J's talc-based Baby Powder contained asbestos and that it caused ovarian cancer.  J&J disputed both claims.

The lead plaintiff's attorney for the women during trial, Mark Lanier, praised the Court's refusal to hear the appeal, stating “This decision sends a clear message to the rich and powerful: You will be held to account when you cause grievous harm under our system of equal justice under the law.”

Our firm continues to pursue talc claims.

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Peter Akmajian

Peter Akmajian is a trial lawyer with 30+ years of experience and 40 jury trials in Tucson, Phoenix, Yuma, Bisbee and Nogales under his belt.  These trials have mainly involved serious personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death.  He was a civil defense lawyer for many years before ma...

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