June 1 (Reuters) - A unit of French minerals company Imerys SA settled claims by 22 women related to talc supplied to Johnson & Johnson for making baby powder for at least $5 million, Bloomberg reported https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-01/imerys-unit-said-to-settle-ta l c - c l a i m s - f o r - a t - l e a s t - 5 - m i l l i o n on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.
Imerys, which did not acknowledge the talc was tainted or dangerous, faces about 9,000 claims that allege the product it supplied to J&J contained asbestos and caused cancers, according to the report.
"Imerys has reached a resolution with the 22 Ingham plaintiffs and is being dismissed from the action," company spokeswoman Gwen Myers said in an emailed statement, without disclosing the details of the settlement.
J&J remains the named defendant in a trial set to start June 6 in St. Louis, Missouri.
"Johnson's Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause ovarian cancer and we will continue to defend the safety of our product," J&J spokeswoman Carol Goodrich told Reuters.
Last week, a mistrial was declared in South Carolina when a jury on one of the cases that named both companies could not agree on a verdict. (Reporting by Tamara Mathias in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)