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Jury awards $25M in Johnson & Johnson baby powder lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $25 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that she developed cancer by using the company's talc-based baby powder.

Jurors on Thursday awarded $4 million in punitive damages after finding that Johnson & Johnson acted with "malice, oppression or fraud."

A day earlier the panel ordered $21.7 million in compensatory damages for plaintiff Joanne Anderson. She suffers from mesothelioma, a lung cancer linked to asbestos exposure.

Johnson & Johnson says it's disappointed in the decision and will appeal.

The 66-year-old Anderson alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers that its powder contains asbestos and could cause cancer.

Johnson & Johnson has denied that its talc products contain asbestos or cause cancer, citing decades of testing by independent laboratories and scientists.

“We will continue to defend the safety of our product because it does not contain asbestos or cause mesothelioma,” the company said in a statement.

Johnson & Johnson faces numerous lawsuits over the cancer claim.

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