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U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs J&J appeal over $2 billion baby powder judgment

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By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Johnson & Johnson’s bid to overturn a $2.12 billion damages award to women who blamed their ovarian cancer on asbestos in the company’s baby powder and other talc products. The justices turned away a J&J appeal and left in place a Missouri state court ruling in litigation brought by 22 women whose claims were heard together in one trial. The Missouri Court of Appeals, an intermediate state appellate court, last year ruled against J&J’s bid to throw out the compensatory and punitive damages awarded to th…

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