Jun 1, 2021 - Health

Supreme Court denies Johnson & Johnson appeal of $2B fine over talcum baby powder

Two bottles of Johnson's baby powder

Johnson & Johnson's baby powder at Jack's Drug Store in San Anselmo, California in October 2019. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to consider Johnson & Johnson's appeal of a 2018 verdict that awarded $2.1 billion to 22 plaintiffs who claimed the company's talcum baby powder caused ovarian cancer.

Why it matters: J&J still faces over 25,000 lawsuits claiming its baby powder causes cancer, after the 2018 suit awarded a total of $4.7 billion to the plaintiffs, per Bloomberg Law. The company removed talcum baby powder from shelves in the U.S. and Canada in 2020 and has denied the allegations.

  • Johnson & Johnson had argued that the lower court proceedings in St. Louis violated the Constitution’s due process clause by combining claims from 22 plaintiffs from 12 different states.
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