(Bloomberg) -- Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive Co. were found liable by a jury in the case of a dying California woman who blamed the companies’ talc-based products for her rare cancer, in another setback for J&J, the world’s largest maker of health-care products.

A California jury concluded Wednesday that the products were a cause of Patricia Schmitz’s mesothelioma, a cancer specifically linked to asbestos exposure. Schmitz, a former fifth-grade teacher, told jurors she applied either J&J’s baby powder or Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet for most of her life after showering.

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