US Supreme Court rejects J&J talc cancer case appeal

The US Supreme Court has สล็อตxoทดลองเล่น declined to hear Johnson & Johnson's appeal over a pay-out to women who alleged that its talcum powder contained asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

The healthcare giant must pay $2.1bn (£1.5bn) in damages to the women.

The top US court did not comment on its decision, but has left in place a 2018 verdict that favoured them.

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) said decades of independent research show the product is safe.

The company asked the court to review the penalty it had been given after it was upheld in Missouri in 2020.

The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled against J&J's request to throw out the compensation and punitive damages awarded to the women, but reduced the total pay-out from the $4.7bn originally decided by a jury.

J&J argued that it should not have to defend itself in a case involving 20 women from different states, backgrounds, and who used its products to different degrees.

The healthcare giant said: "The decision by the court to not review the Ingham case leaves unresolved significant legal questions that state and federal courts will continue to face on issues related to due process rights and personal jurisdiction.

"The Supreme Court has many times said that its decision to deny hearing a case expresses no view on the merits whatsoever, and we continue to believe that our view of the law and the facts will ultimately prevail," it added.