Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $4.7 billion to 22 women and their families who say asbestos found in the company’s talcum baby powder contributed to their ovarian cancer.

It is the biggest verdict ever for this type of case.

Via Market Watch:

The jury awarded $550 million and later added $4.14 billion in punitive damages against the company for allegedly failing to warn that its talcum powder raised the risk of ovarian cancer.

Johnson & Johnson said it was “deeply disappointed” with the verdict, which the company said was the product of a “fundamentally unfair process” and plans to appeal.

Punitive damages, especially those many times higher than the compensatory damages, are often reduced by the trial judge or reversed on appeal. The company has been fighting more than 9,000 talcum-powder lawsuits with mixed success. It says its signature powder has always been safe and asbestos-free.

I’m so happy these families won their case!