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Johnson & Johnson agreed in the middle of a trial to pay more than $2 million to resolve a woman’s claims that asbestos-laced baby powder caused her cancer, according to people familiar with the case. Jurors in a California court “heard more than two weeks of testimony before the judge told them Monday that the case had settled.” Although “the terms weren’t made public, people familiar with the accord said plaintiff Linda O’Hagan and her family agreed to J&J’s offer.”

The company, which faces almost 17,000 suits accusing it of hiding that its baby powder was contaminated with asbestos, has been on a roll at trial, racking up eight defense verdicts last year while losing five.

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In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers and healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates.  Increased prescription of opioid medications led to widespread misuse of both prescription and non-prescription opioids before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive.

A lawsuit was filed by the State of Oklahoma for what became “the opioid crisis” plaguing the nation. Several other states and municipalities have followed suit.

Following a seven-week trial this summer, Judge Thad Balkman ruled Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the opioid crisis with an aggressive and misleading marketing campaign that overstated how effective the drugs were for treating chronic pain and understated the risk of addiction. Oklahoma Attorney General prosecuted the lawsuit arguing that opioid overdoses killed 4,653 people in Oklahoma from 2007 to 2017.  The trial led to the judge ordering consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to help address the state’s opioid crisis. The judge then reduced the amount to $465 million.

Reuters  reports that Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky “declined to appear at a U.S. congressional hearing set for Tuesday on the safety of the company’s Baby Powder and other talc-based cosmetics.” However, J&J spokesman Ernie Knewitz said that the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy rejected J&J’s offers to send a talc testing expert or a consumer products executive. Members of the House are disappointed in Gorsky’s lack of cooperation with regards to the products believed to contain asbestos.

“Gorsky has played a lead role in J&J’s efforts to reassure consumers and investors that its talc powders are safe and asbestos free. Last year, he issued a statement vouching for the safety of the products after a jury issued a $4.69 billion verdict in favor of 22 women who sued over allegations their ovarian cancers were caused by J&J powders.”

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