Jury Awards $72 Million in Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Feb 26, 2016 in Defective Products
Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer that was linked to the talcum powder found in the company's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products.
The Missouri jury found Johnson & Johnson liable for Jacqueline Fox's cancer after the company demonstrated that it had knowledge of the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer but did not warn consumers.
The pharmaceutical giant was ordered to pay $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages. The jury found the company liable for fraud, conspiracy and negligence.
In the lawsuit, Fox said that she had used Johnson & Johnson's products for feminine hygiene for 35 years before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013. She died in October at the age of 62 when her cancer returned.
Hundreds of Cases
Johnson & Johnson is facing approximately 1,200 talcum powder lawsuits claiming that the company was aware that talcum powder has the potential to increase the risks for developing ovarian cancer in women who use it for feminine hygiene, but failed to warn consumers.
The February verdict was the first in which a jury has awarded damages over the claims.
In a 2013 lawsuit, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, jury determined that Johnson & Johnson's products contributed to the woman's ovarian cancer, but did not award damages. She too had used the talcum powder products for feminine hygiene for more than 30 years.
Our class action lawyers are currently investigating claims on behalf of women who believe their ovarian cancer is a result of using talcum powder products. An injury lawyer may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve for your suffering.