J&J attorneys asserted in court that there's no conclusive evidence talc caused Leavitt's mesothelioma.
The plaintiff, Terry Leavitt, said she regularly used two J&J products in the 1960s and '70s containing talc. The verdict said that the baby powder was a "substantial contributing factor" in her illness.
J&J, which has steadfastly denied its baby powder is contaminated with asbestos, still faces more than 13,000 lawsuits claiming its 135-year-old baby powder line caused mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. "We respect the legal process and reiterate that jury verdicts are not medical, scientific or regulatory conclusions about a product", the company said.
A United States jury on Wednesday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $29 million (Rs 202 crore) to a woman diagnosed with cancer, who alleged that the asbestos in the firm's talcum-powder-based products caused her disease, Reuters reported.
Talc and asbestos are often mined together from metamorphic rocks, particularly in North Carolina, Alabama, Vermont and northern Italy. "The internal J&J documents that the jury saw, once more laid bare the shocking truth of decades of cover-up, deception and concealment by J&J".
About 8 out of 10 people with mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos.
Despite the verdicts, Johnson & Johnson maintains that its baby powder formula does not contain asbestos, and set up a website called "Facts about Talc" to try and dissuade the public from continuing to think one of its most popular products contains the harmful mineral.
Leavitt's trial originally included J&J's talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, a unit of Imerys SE, as a co-defendant.
The conglomerate said it would appeal the order and cited "serious procedural and evidentiary errors" in the trial's proceedings. It found no asbestos in any of them. The company is now embroiled in roughly 13,000 lawsuits brought by people who claim the company's products caused or contributed to serious health issues, the AP reports. It includes a section linking to multiple studies conducted over decades that showed no increased risk for ovarian cancer in women who used baby powder.