The Manhattan Supreme Court ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson still be held financially liable for a claimant who alleged her cancer was a result of using their baby powder. The initial reward of $325 million was reduced by Justice Gerald Lebovits, who lowered the compensatory and punitive damages. The plaintiffs Donna and Robert Olson were informed by the court that if they declined the lower amount, a new trial would be conducted for damages. Johnson & Johnson plan to file an appeal, maintaining that “We remain confident that our talc is safe, asbestos free, and does not cause cancer.” Justice Lebovits wrote that Johnson & Johnson deliberately concealed information about talc product health risks so as to not lose business or customers. An investigative report by Reuters claimed the company had known about the evidence of asbestos in its talc products from approximately 1971 to the early 2000's, which had been discovered during Johnson and Johnson's own internal product testing.
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