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Verdicts and Settlements

State Farm: $250 Million Agreement to Settle Federal Lawsuit

State Farm settlement

September 4, 2018. Insurance giant, State Farm, agreed to pay $250 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that the company broke federal racketeering laws by secretly funneling money to help elect an Illinois high court justice [Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier who was a candidate for the high court in 2004] to help overturn a billion-dollar judgment against the company.

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$289 Million Verdict Against Monsanto in First Roundup Cancer Trial

Roundup Cancer Trial

August 10, 2018. After only three days deliberation, a jury came back with a verdict for plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, in the first trial over claims that the weed killer Roundup causes cancer.

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$25.7 Million in Damages Against J&J in Second Asbestos Talc Case

Mesothelioma and talcum powder

May 23, 2018. J&J lost a second mesothelioma lawsuit in which the Plaintiff claimed she developed cancer after being exposed to asbestos in its baby powder product.

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$80 Million in Punitive Damages Against J&J in Asbestos Talc Case

Mesothelioma_J&J Verdict

April 11, 2018. Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America LLC, were hit with combined punitive damages of $80 million. This comes just after the jury awarded Plaintiffs Stephen Lanzo III and his wife $37 million in compensatory damages.

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Talcum Powder Cases Heading for Trial in St. Louis in 2018

Talcum Powder Cases

Over the next two years, St. Louis will be the place for numerous lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging the use of talcum-powder based products manufactured and sold by the company caused ovarian cancer.

Having St. Louis be a hub for these trials was in jeopardy after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June severely restricted jurisdiction in litigation, primarily to the states in which the defendants are based or where the injured parties lived.

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Texas Jury Awards $247 Million in Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Hip Trial

Hip Implant

November 16, 2017 – A Texas federal jury reached a unanimous verdict – finding against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.  – awarding $247 million dollars to six hip replacement patients who suffered serious injuries from the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants.

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$300 Million Settlement in Benicar Litigation Reached

Benicar blood pressure

On August 1, 2017, a $300 million settlement was reached in the multidistrict Benicar litigation against Daiichi Sankyo Inc. and Forest Laboratories Inc. The settlement offers financial compensation to individuals who suffered chronic diarrhea and other gastrointestinal injuries after using Benicar, Azor or Tribenzor.

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$417 Million Verdict Against J&J in Talc Suit Largest One Yet

J&J baby powder

On Monday, August 21, 2017, Johnson & Johnson suffered another tremendous loss as a Los Angeles jury awarded $417 million in damages to Eva Echeverria, who developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s signature product for decades.

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Another Talc Powder Trial Loss for J&J – $110 Million Verdict

Johnson & Johnson baby powder

A successful jury ruling came for 62-year old Lois Slemp of Virginia on May 4, 2017 in her case against Johnson & Johnson alleging that using its baby powder caused her ovarian cancer.

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Zimmer Ordered to Pay $2 Million in Hip Implant Case

Zimmer hip implant case

In a March 31, 2017 ruling, Zimmer was ordered to pay more than $2 million to a New Mexico man for a defective hip implant with an “unreasonably dangerous design.”

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