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Jury awards nearly $4.7 billion in powder case

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ST. LOUIS (AP and KMOV.com) -  A St. Louis jury has awarded nearly $4.7 billion in damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer.

Jurors on Thursday awarded the women $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages after a six-week trial in St. Louis Circuit Court.

Plaintiffs' lawyer Mark Lanier told the jurors during closing arguments Wednesday that Johnson & Johnson knew its products contained asbestos and didn't warn consumers.

"Everyday you have to worry, did it re-occur? Are you going to see your children grow up or are you even going to see your children?" said victim Gail Ingham. "Money really isn't the important part. It's for women to find out what was in the talc and get it off there."

Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said in a statement that the company believes its products are safe and will pursue "all available appellate remedies."

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