Johnson & Johnson must pay a $2.1bn (R28.7bn) award to women who claimed its baby powder was contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos, after the US Supreme Court left intact the largest verdict in the almost decade-long litigation over the product.

The top US court refused to consider J&J’s objections to a St Louis jury’s 2018 finding its talc-based powder helped cause ovarian cancer in 20 women...

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