BREAKING: New Jersey Jury Slams Johnson & Johnson, Imerys With $80M Punitive Talc Powder Verdict

New Brunswick – Jurors in a New Jersey state courtroom just miles away from Johnson & Johnson’s US headquarters slammed the company and their talc supplier Imerys with an $80 million punitive damages verdict on Wednesday, in a lawsuit over the alleged presence of asbestos in talc-based products like Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.

The Middlesex County jury’s award comes in addition to $37 million in compensatory damages awarded last week, and marks just the second time J&J has faced a trial over claims that its talc-based products caused mesothelioma, a lethal form of cancer frequently linked to asbestos inhalation.