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U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear J&J appeal over $2 billion baby powder judgment

WASHINGTON, June 1 (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 last year ruled against J&J’s bid to throw out the compensatory and punitive damages awarded to the plaintiffs but reduced the total to $2.12 billion from the $4.69 billion originally decided by a jury. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

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