Last Tuesday, a Missouri appellate court denied Johnson & Johnson's (J&J) motion to relook at its decision that upheld a jury's verdict over the company's talcum powder products but slashed the damages award to $2.11 billion from the landmark $4.7 billion.
On July 8, J&J and subsidiary J&J Consumer Inc. filed a motion for rehearing and applied for a transfer to the Missouri Supreme Court, both of which were denied by the Eastern District Court of Appeals as per a docket entry dated 28th of July.
J&J was attempting to reverse a ruling passed by a three-judge panel in June that affirmed the jury's findings that asbestos present in the baby powder and other talc products was the cause of increasing the risk of cancer in a group of 22 women. The damages award was reduced after the panel agreed with the defendant that out-of-state plaintiffs only have claims against its subsidiary, J&J Consumer Inc.
In May, J&J decided to stop selling its talcum-based products in the U.S. and Canada due to declined consumer demand and misinformation about the safety of the products. Last month, organizations from more than 51 countries sent a letter to Alex Gorsky, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of J&J, asking to remove all talc-based baby powder products from the global market.
Nearly 19,000 talcum powder and Shower-to-Shower lawsuits are filed against J&J in courts nationwide, each raising similar claims about the presence of asbestos and the risk of cancer.