ST. LOUIS – Jurors on July 12 handed Johnson & Johnson a body-blow, levying a total $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to 22 women who claimed its talcum powder contained asbestos that caused them to develop ovarian cancer.
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While the U.S. Attorney’s Office has said its internal review of the FedEx case isn’t meant to assign blame, attorneys for FedEx contend U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors ignored evidence that the company tried to cooperate with the federal agency.
This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee took up the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act, or FACT Act, portion of a bill that passed the House last month. Opponents argue the legislation’s reporting requirements could violate asbestos victims’ privacy. Those in favor of the bill say it’s a necessary “additional check” on the current system.