Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $750 million in New Jersey talc case: Lawyer

J&J said the judge was planning on reducing the damages to $185 million

LOS ANGELES — Johnson & Johnson was ordered on Thursday by a jury in a New Jersey court to pay punitive damages of $750 million to four plaintiffs who allege that the company’s Baby Powder caused their cancer, according to a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

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J&J said the judge was planning on reducing the damages to $185 million.

During an earlier phase of the trial, the jury held J&J liable for the plaintiffs’ cancers and awarded them $37.2 million in compensation.

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