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J&J, Imerys must pay $117 million to New Jersey man in asbestos cancer case

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By Tina Bellon

(Reuters) - and a unit of must pay $117 million in damages to a man who said he developed due to his exposure to in talc-based products, a state court jury said on Wednesday.

The jury ordered the companies to pay an additional $80 million in after awarding the man $37 million in compensatory damages during the first stage of the trial on Thursday.

The verdict by jurors in New Brunswick, New Jersey, came in the second trial nationally to focus on claims that J&J's products contained as the company separately fights thousands of cases claiming they can also cause ovarian

was ordered to pay $55 million and Imerys $25 million of the award, according to an of the trial by Courtroom View Network.

The decision marks the first trial loss for J&J over allegations that its talc-based consumer products, such as Johnson's Baby Powder, contain The company denies the allegations, saying its powders do not contain asbestos or cause

J&J and Imerys did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit was brought by resident Stephen Lanzo, who said he developed after inhaling dust that was generated through his regular use of J&J powder products since his birth in 1972.

is a deadly form of cancer closely associated with exposure to asbestos. It affects the delicate tissue that lines body cavities, most often around the lungs but also in the abdomen and elsewhere.

On Thursday, the jury awarded Lanzo $30 million and his wife $7 million in compensatory damages. It found J&J was responsible for 70 percent of the damages and said a unit of France-based Imerys SA, its supplier, was responsible for 30 percent.

J&J shares on Wednesday were slightly down 0.3 percent at 1900 GMT.

(Reporting by Tina Bellon; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 01:13 IST