US Supreme Court rejects Johnson & Johnson talc fine appeal

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Washington (AFP) – The US Supreme Court refused Tuesday to accept drugmaker Johnson & Johnson’s appeal of a $2.1 billion fine for selling baby powder containing cancer-causing asbestos. The decision kept in place a 2018 jury award against the company after a class action law suit, originally set at $4.7 billion but later slashed on appeal. As is common, the high court did not explain its decision, but left in place a federal appeals court judgment from last year supporting the fine. The company’s shares were down 1.8 percent at $166.16 after the decision. Two conservative judges on the court, …

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