(Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson has been ordered by a New York state judge to pay $ 120 million in damages to a Brooklyn woman and her husband after she blamed her cancer on exposure to asbestos from the company's baby powder.  Justice Gerald Lebovits of the Manhattan Supreme Court reduced the payout from the $ 325 million that a jury awarded to Donna Olson, 67, and Robert Olson, 65, in May 2019 after a 14-week trial. The discovery was written by Lebovits on November 11 that the damages were too high and that Olsons could either accept $ 120 million or get a new tort lawsuit.
The judge approved the reduced payout on Wednesday, court records show. It covers $ 15 million in damages and $ 1
Johnson & Johnson said they would appeal the verdict, citing "significant legal and evidentiary errors" at the trial.
"We have deep sympathy with everyone who suffers from cancer, which is why the facts are so important," the company said. "We are convinced that our talc is safe, free of asbestos and does not cause cancer."
Jerome Block, Olsons' lawyer, said they were pleased with the result and convinced it would stand.
He also said Donna Olson's mesothelioma "is in an advanced stage, and we hope for the best." Jurors were able to discover that for many years Johnson & Johnson was "deliberately fraudulent" or "deliberately blind to" potential health risks for their talc products, in part to maintain market share and profit.
The New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company is appealing to the US Supreme Court a $ 2.12 billion arbitration award in Missouri to women who blamed their ovarian cancer on asbestos in their baby powder and other talcum products. 2018 Reut investigation report that showed that it knew for decades about asbestos in its talk. of asbestos. Catalog