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California jury awards US$29M in baby powder cancer case

California jury awards US$29M in baby powder cancer case
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- A California jury has awarded $29 million to a woman who claimed her terminal cancer was caused by Johnson & Johnson baby powder.

Jurors in Oakland found the company liable Wednesday in a suit that claims asbestos in the powder gave Teresa Leavitt mesothelioma.

Some 13,000 similar lawsuits around the country allege New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson hid the powder s health risks from the public for decades.

Requests for comment from the company weren t immediately returned.

Johnson & Johnson insists its powder is demonstrably safe and asbestos-free but it has lost a string of court cases.
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