A California jury returned its verdict on August 21, 2017 in the amount of $417 million in favor of a woman who had used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder for decades and later developed ovarian cancer. The California jury’s verdict included $70 million in compensatory damages and an additional $347 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson.
The plaintiff alleged in her baby powder lawsuit that she began using Johnson & Johnson baby powder as part of her regular feminine hygiene regimen when she was 11 years old. The 63-year-old plaintiff stopped her use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder in 2016 after she read about another woman who had used baby powder and developed ovarian cancer.
The California plaintiff alleged that talc-based products such as Johnson & Johnson baby powder are a possible carcinogen in humans associated with increased risk of developing ovarian cancer when used frequently in a woman’s genital area.
Immediately after the California jury returned its verdict, a spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson stated, “Ovarian cancer is a devastating diagnosis and we deeply sympathize with the women and families impacted by this disease. We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder. In April, the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Data Query Editorial Board wrote, ‘The weight of evidence does not support an association between perineal talc exposure and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.’ We are preparing for additional trials in the US and we will continue to defend the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.”
Johnson & Johnson states on a website it maintains that “We continue to use talc in our products because decades of science have reaffirmed its safety. Because of its safety and effectiveness, we confidently include pharmaceutical grade talc in our products. Your trust in our products and your confidence using them every day is a huge responsibility — that’s why we only use ingredients in our products deemed safe by the latest science … Science, research, clinical evidence and 30 years of studies by medical experts around the world continue to support the safety of cosmetic talc. Health authorities in the U.S. and around the world have reviewed the data. Talc is accepted for use in countries around the world, including the United States, European Union, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Israel, South Africa, Turkey, and Indonesia … If you’ve ever cared for a baby, you’ve probably had JOHNSON’S® Baby Powder in your home. Baby powder made from cosmetic talc is one of the JOHNSON’S® brand’s oldest products and a longtime part of baby care rituals. It is hypoallergenic, helps eliminate friction and is clinically proven to be gentle and mild for your baby’s skin. The clean, classic scent is comforting and familiar for parents and children alike.”
“When you read a new study or expert opinion, it’s easy to be swayed one way or another. Even with talc’s long history of safe use in consumer products, some have questioned whether using talcum powder can increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. We take any questions about our product’s safety seriously and as a result have dug deep into the evidence and science on talc.”
If you or a loved one were harmed as a result of a talc-based product, such as baby powder, 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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