Johnson & Johnson loses another baby powder lawsuit

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St. Louis - A St. Louis jury has awarded a Virginia woman a record-setting $110.5m in the latest lawsuit alleging that using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused cancer.

The jury ruling on Thursday night for 62-year-old Louis Slemp of Wise comes after three previous St. Louis juries awarded a total of $197m to plaintiffs who made similar claims. Those cases, including the previous highest award of $72m, are all under appeal.

Slemp, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, blames her illness on her use of the company's talcum-containing products for more than 40 years. Her cancer has spread to her liver, and she was too ill to attend the trial. About 2 000 state and federal lawsuits are in courts across the country over concerns about health problems caused by prolonged talcum powder use.

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