A Loss for Johnson & Johnson as Jury Awards $750 Million Verdict
Four plaintiffs won a nine-figure award in a case against Johnson & Johnson when a New Jersey jury handed down a verdict of $750 million in punitive damages on February 6, 2020. Before this, the mesothelioma patients were awarded $37.2 million in compensatory damages, which covers such areas as lost wages and medical care now and in the future. The punitive damages used to punish a defendant for egregious harm were later reduced to $186.5 million. This was due to caps limiting the amount in the state. The lawsuit said that the plaintiffs developed mesothelioma due to the company’s talcum powder and Shower to Shower used on them as children by their parents. Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal.