(Time) The verdict follows a previous case in which the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer was awarded $72 million

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $55 million to an American woman who says the company’s talcum powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

Following a three-week-long trial in Missouri, jurors decided on Monday in favor of Gloria Ristesund, Reuters reports. The 62-year-old plaintiff said she had used the company’s talc-based powders as feminine hygiene products for decades. According to her lawyers, she developed ovarian cancer and had to get a hysterectomy.

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(Jamaica Observer) HAVANA, Cuba – Cuba on Tuesday announced price caps on basic vegetables to protect poor families' purchasing power as a rise in tourism to the communist island puts pressure on the food supply.

The price of tomatoes, bananas, sweet potatoes, and 20 other products will be capped to combat inflation, the government said in a statement published in the media.

Government data show the price of farm produce in Cuba rose by 27 per cent in 2014. The rise continued in 2015 and this year, authorities said without giving a figure.

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(Trinidad Guardian) Government has ordered a full forensic audit to determine exactly how much taxpayers' money was pumped into the bail out of Colonial Life and CL Financial in light of billion-dollar discrepancies, Finance Minister Colm Imbert said yesterday.

Speaking at a post-Cabinet press conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, Imbert said the exact cost of the bailout Colonial Life and CL Financial was still uncertain.

He said so as he noted CL Financial’s majority shareholder Lawrence Duprey’s intention to take legal action against the Government to block Government’s proposed sale of CLF assets, which was reported exclusively in yesterday’s T&T Guardian. 

Imbert said he had in his possession a letter, dared March 22, written by Duprey and sent to the governor of the Central Bank.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor said Friday that the U.S. territory is bracing for multiple lawsuits as a major default looms over a $470 million bond payment.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said he would like judges to take Puerto Rico's economic and humanitarian crisis into account when ruling on the anticipated lawsuits.

"I hope the judges use their conscience," he told reporters.

Garcia said he has warned since last year that the government cannot afford to make the bond payment due Sunday, which would be the island's largest default to date. More than $422 million of that is for bonds issued by Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank, which is struggling as funds dwindle. The bank issues loans and oversees the island's debt transactions.

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(Jamaica Observer) The Anti-Dumping and Subsidies Commission (ADC) said Wednesday that it is encouraging local manufacturers who have concerns about subsidisation by Trinidad & Tobago of its manufacturers to file a complaint for investigation. Cases, however, must be specific and provable, the Commission said.

The Commission is the portfolio agency of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries charged with Jamaica’s implementation of the WTO Agreements on Dumping, on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures through the Customs Duties (Dumping and Subsidies) Act 1999 (the Act).

With the recent disclosure by Trinidad and Tobago that it has been subsidising its fuel at the rate of TT$31 billion over the last 10 years — or about US$5 billion over that period, or US$500 million per year, some sectors are contending unfair trade relating to the manufacture of goods at a far lower cost than Jamaican manufacturers and other regional trade partners.

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