Leavitt was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017 after using Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower during the 1960s and 1970s.
The ruling sets an obvious precedent for the pharma and consumer goods giant as it faces thousands of lawsuits from other plaintiffs for similar reasons.
The company also noted that multiple cases have been decided in favor of J&J, or been declared mistrials.
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Johnson & Johnson must pay US$29 million (about NZ$42m) to a woman who claimed its baby powder gave her terminal cancer, a United States jury has ruled. Plaintiffs' attorneys have fundamentally failed to show that Johnson's Baby Powder contains asbestos, and their own experts concede that they are not recognizing the accepted definition of asbestos and are ignoring crucial distinctions between minerals that are asbestos and minerals that are not. In December a year ago, the company reiterated the safety of its products as a slew of drug regulators around the world such as the US FDA and India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) analysed samples of J&J products. Many of those cases allege that the talc is contaminated with asbestos and that Johnson & Johnson knew that its products were contaminated for decades, CNN reported.
The woman, Terry Leavitt, told the jury that she used the baby powder and another, now discontinued product with talc, Shower to Shower, throughout the 60s and 70s, according to Reuters. Even if the verdicts are overturned on appeal, the story still gets out that a large amount of money was awarded, and people believe a common household item isn't safe. Cypress Mines, one of J&J's former talc suppliers, is answerable for the remaining 2 percent. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they travel to the ends of small air passages and reach the membranes of the thorax and lunges.
Johnson & Johnson is facing about 13,000 lawsuits around the US.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on the fallout from a report that Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder contained asbestos and the company was aware of it for decades.