Gigantic $72M verdict against Johnson & Johnson over talcum powder-ovarian cancer link

Yesterday a jury in St. Louis, MO, handed down a scathing verdict against Johnson & Johnson, one of America’s largest companies, over its marketing of talcum powder products. Studies have long shown a link between use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer, yet Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers of this link and potential problem.

The jury’s verdict, divided as $10M in compensatory damages and $62M in punitive damages, came as the jury felt like Johnson & Johnson was “hiding something.” (Bloomberg News article here.) The plaintiff, Jackie Fox, died last year of ovarian cancer while the case was pending. Her family carried on with the lawsuit in her place, with Allen Smith of Jackson, Mississippi acting as lead counsel.

This is not the first time Johnson & Johnson has been to court over the talcum powder-ovarian cancer link. There are over 1,000 cases pending around the country that allege Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder-based products (Shower to Shower, Johnson’s Baby Powder, etc.) led to ovarian cancer. Last year, a federal jury in North Dakota found that there was a link between talcum powder and a plaintiff’s ovarian cancer, but they refused to award any damages.

If you used talcum powder products for feminine hygiene and have developed ovarian cancer, you may have a claim for damages against Johnson & Johnson. Contact us.

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