Johnson & Johnson to Pay $72 Million for Talcum Powder Cancer Case
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Feb 26, 2016 in Product Injury
A Missouri jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer, which was linked to her use of the company’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products.
The St. Louis jury awarded the family $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in punitive damages. Punitive damages are typically handed down to reform or deter the defendant from engaging in similar conduct.
The verdict was the first by a U.S. jury to award damages over these claims. In 2013, a federal jury found that a plaintiff’s use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder products contributed to her developing ovarian cancer; however, no damages were awarded.
In this case, the plaintiff used Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for 35 years before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She died at the age of 62 last year.
Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer
Johnson & Johnson is facing more than 1,200 cases in New Jersey and Missouri for its failure to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer. Specifically, women are claiming that use of these products for feminine hygiene led to the diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
Talcum powder for personal hygiene can result in a 20 to 30 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer, according to a 2013 analysis of several talcum powder cancer case studies.
For decades, studies have found a correlation between ovarian cancer and talcum powder for feminine hygiene. In 1971, one study revealed that particles of talc were found embedded deep within ovarian tumors.
Several other trials over talcum powder are set for later this year. The Missouri case could set the precedent for more women and their families to obtain justice.
At Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak, our dedicated product liability lawyers believe that companies like Johnson & Johnson need to be held accountable for failing to warn consumers about a product’s risks. If you or someone you know has fallen ill or been injured by a dangerous product, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit for damages.