J&J agrees to settle talcum powder claims for $8.9 billion

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Johnson & Johnson stated it agreed to settle the claims from tens of hundreds of people that say the corporate’s talcum powder merchandise contributed to their or a member of the family’s cancers, the New York Occasions reports. The proposed $8.9 billion settlement might finish a years-long authorized battle that put J&J in nationwide headlines, each due to the plaintiff’s claims and due to authorized maneuvers that critics said had been designed to attenuate the corporate’s legal responsibility. Some legal professionals for the plaintiffs greeted the settlement as a “vital victory,” whereas others opposed it. Traders, nonetheless, had been glad, bidding up the corporate’s inventory 3.5%.

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