In December past year, the company reiterated the safety of its products as a slew of drug regulators around the world such as the US FDA and India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) analysed samples of J&J products.
The California Superior Court in Oakland agreed that the company's baby powder was a "substantial contributing factor" to her mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos.
This lawsuit is one of over 13,000 that Johnson & Johnson is now facing over its talc baby powder. It's the first defeat since a Missouri jury ordered the company previous year to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women who blamed their cancer on the product. There are more than a dozen cases scheduled for 2019 alone.More news: Arsenal's 2-goal Aubameyang explains mask mystery
The petitioner, Terry Leavitt, said she used Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower during the 1960s and 1970s before being diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017.
J&J said it would appeal, citing "serious procedural and evidentiary errors" in the course of the trial, saying lawyers for the woman had fundamentally failed to show its baby powder contains asbestos. "We respect the legal process and reiterate that jury verdicts are not medical, scientific or regulatory conclusions about a product", the company said.
Johnson & Johnson must pay US$29 million ($42 million) to a woman who claimed its baby powder gave her terminal cancer, a California jury ruled today.More news: DraftKings fantasy golf picks: The Players Championship 2019
A jury awarded a California woman $29 million on Wednesday after she sued Johnson & Johnson, claiming that trace amounts of asbestos in the company's baby powder caused her to develop mesothelioma.
The company has appealed against all of the plaintiff verdicts, and the company said it was confident the verdicts would be overturned on appeal. "We believe these issues will warrant a reversal on appeal".
"Yet another jury has rejected J&J's misleading claims that its talc was free of asbestos", Leavitt's lawyer, Moshe Maimon, said in a statement Wednesday, slamming the "decades of cover-up, deception and concealment by J&J".More news: Google killed over 2bn bad ads in 2018
Despite the verdicts, Johnson & Johnson maintains that its baby powder formula does not contain asbestos, and set up a website called "Facts about Talc" to try and dissuade the public from continuing to think one of its most popular products contains the harmful mineral. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they travel to the ends of small air passages and reach the membranes of the thorax and lunges. They said their baby powder "is safe and asbestos-free".