Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $300 million in punitive damages in talc baby powder case


A jury in the New York State Supreme Court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $300 million to a woman who claimed she developed mesothelioma due to her routine use of the talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder.

Earlier this month, the same jury awarded $25 million in compensatory damages to the woman, Donna Olson and her husband Robert. The jury’s decision on Friday brings the total verdict in the case to $325 million.

A team of lawyers from Levy Konisberg LLP and Maune Raichle Hartley French & Mudd, LLC represented Donna and Robert Olson in the case.

Jury rejected the “misleading claims” by Johnson & Johnson

Jerome Block, the lead trial attorney representing the Olson’s said, “With this verdict, yet another jury has rejected J&J’s misleading claims that its talc was free of asbestos. The internal J&J documents that the jury saw, once more laid bare the shocking truth of decades of cover-up, deception and concealment by J&J of the asbestos found in talc baby powder.”

He added, “We are proud to represent people like Donna and Robert Olson and are committed to the rest of our clients who have been wronged by J&J.”