On May 4, 2017, a Missouri talcum powder jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $110 million against Johnson & Johnson (“J & J”), finding that J & J failed to adequately warn the woman about the risk of cancer associated with use of talc-based products, such as J & J’s Baby Powder, for feminine hygiene. J & J was found 99% liable and the defendant talc supplier was found 1% liable.
The 61-year-old woman alleged that she had used J & J talcum powder products, such as J & J Baby Powder and J & J Shower to Shower Powder, for forty years, which were responsible for her developing ovarian cancer that was diagnosed in 2012. The Virginia plaintiff is presently undergoing chemotherapy for the ovarian cancer that has spread to her liver.
The Missouri talcum powder verdict includes $5.4 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages against J & J (an additional $50,000 in punitive damages were awarded against the defendant talc supplier), which is indicative of the Missouri jury’s outrage regarding the behavior of J & J.
The $110 million talc verdict is the largest talc verdict so far against J & J in talc lawsuits that allege that J & J ignored scientific studies and evidence over 30 years that indicated a link between talcum powder use by women for feminine hygiene and the risk of developing ovarian cancer. J & J faces approximately 2,400 talc lawsuits, which include talc claims pending in state courts in Missouri, New Jersey, Delaware, and California, and talc claims being handled in federal multidistrict litigation in New Jersey.
J & J had lost three straight talc cancer lawsuits before winning its first talc case in March 2016, when a Missouri jury found in favor of J & J in a Tennessee woman’s claim that she developed ovarian cancer after using J & J’s Baby Powder for years. Prior to the March 2016 defense verdict, J & J had been held responsible by juries in talc cancer lawsuits to the tune of $72 million in February 2016 for the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using J & J’s talc-based products for years, $55 million awarded to a woman in May 2016 who developed ovarian cancer after her long-term use of J & J’s talc-based products, and a $70 million verdict in October 2016.
After the Missouri talc jury announced its $110 million verdict, J & J stated its intention to appeal the verdict, and further stated, “We are preparing for additional [talc] trials this year and we continue to defend the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.”
If you or a loved one were harmed as a result of a talc-based product in the United States, you should promptly consult with a product liability lawyer in your state who may investigate your talcum powder cancer claim for you and represent you in a claim against the manufacturer of an unreasonably dangerous consumer product, if appropriate.
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