Johnson & Johnson is guilty. According to a St. Louis court in the United States, the company has to pay about $ 4.7 billion between compensatory and punitive damages to women who have accused asbestos (asbestos) in its talc as responsible for their cancer ovaries. The sentence was pronounced after a five-week trial during which he was able to listen to dozens of experts. Johnson & Johnson, however, is not there and announces that he will appeal.
The verdict “is the product of a fundamentally unjust process,” says Carol Goodrich, spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson. The company’s products contain no asbestos and do not cause ovarian cancer, Goodrich adds, predicting that the verdict will be turned upside down. “The different errors in this process were worse than those in the previous processes that were then turned upside down”.
The jury of St. Louis first established compensatory damages, setting them at $ 550 million, or about 25 million for each of the 22 women represented in the trial. Then, after meeting again for an hour, he resolved the punitive damages quantifying them at 4.14 billion, bringing the total to 4.69 billion dollars. During the trial the lawyer of 22 women who revealed they had ovarian cancer used harsh words against Johnson & Johnson: he knew that his talc products contained asbestos and hid the information to the public, defending the image of talcum powder for children as “his sacred cow”, said Mark Lanier. Johnson & Johnson – he added – rigged the tests to avoid showing the presence of asbestos, he added.
news reported from the newspaper “Il Fatto Quotidiano” of 13 July 2018