ST. LOUIS — A Missouri jury has ordered heath giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer allegedly caused by the company’s Baby Powder and other products that contained talcum powder.
The verdict, which arrived in late February following a three-week trial, included $10 million in actual damage and $62 million in punitive damages to the family of Jackie Fox, according to the Associated Press.
The St. Louis jury found that the manufacturer concealed the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer link for years in an effort to boost product sales. The company is expected to appeal the verdict.
Fox succumbed to ovarian cancer at age 62 after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower almost daily for over 35 years. Fox’s family attorney, Jere Beasley, hailed the verdict as due punishment for the manufacturer’s misconduct.
Carol Goodrich, a Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman, said the company stands by the talc used in all “global products” and they are “evaluating” their legal options.
“The recent U.S. verdict goes against decades of sound science proving the safety of talc as a cosmetic ingredient in multiple products, and while we sympathize with the family of the plaintiff, we strongly disagree with the outcome,” Goodrich said in a statement.
Several other talc lawsuits are slated to go to trial later this year.
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Talcum Powder Complications & Symptoms
Talc is widely recognized as one of the world’s softest minerals, and consumers have used talcum powder for generations, due in large part to an aggressive marketing campaign from companies like Johnson & Johnson.
From a chemical composition standpoint, talc and asbestos have much in common. And just like tiny asbestos fibers absorb through the skin and migrate to the lungs, microscopic-sized talc fibers absorb through the skin, migrate to the cervix and then to the ovaries.
In 2013, a team of doctors who focus on cancer and women’s health, reviewed eight recent studies and concluded that talcum powder elevates the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 30 percent. Their findings almost mimicked the conclusions from a separate 2003 study.
Due to the serious nature of the injuries involved, as well as Johnson & Johnson’s conduct over the last several decades, damages in these cases are often substantial.
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