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Over the next two years, St. Louis will be the place for numerous lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging the use of talcum-powder based products manufactured and sold by the company caused ovarian cancer.
Having St. Louis be a hub for these trials was in jeopardy after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June severely restricted jurisdiction in litigation, primarily to the states in which the defendants are based or where the injured parties lived.
November 16, 2017 – A Texas federal jury reached a unanimous verdict – finding against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. – awarding $247 million dollars to six hip replacement patients who suffered serious injuries from the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants.
On August 1, 2017, a $300 million settlement was reached in the multidistrict Benicar litigation against Daiichi Sankyo Inc. and Forest Laboratories Inc. The settlement offers financial compensation to individuals who suffered chronic diarrhea and other gastrointestinal injuries after using Benicar, Azor or Tribenzor.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, Johnson & Johnson suffered another tremendous loss as a Los Angeles jury awarded $417 million in damages to Eva Echeverria, who developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s signature product for decades.
A successful jury ruling came for 62-year old Lois Slemp of Virginia on May 4, 2017 in her case against Johnson & Johnson alleging that using its baby powder caused her ovarian cancer.
In a March 31, 2017 ruling, Zimmer was ordered to pay more than $2 million to a New Mexico man for a defective hip implant with an “unreasonably dangerous design.”
Yesterday, a federal jury in Dallas, TX, awarded a record $1 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to six plaintiffs injured by the company’s Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants.
On November 1, 2016, under a Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), Wright Medical Technology, Inc., reached a $240 million settlement agreement for nearly 1,300 product liability lawsuits filed by individuals nationwide over its metal-on-metal hip implants.
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed by women diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using products containing talcum powder.
On October 27, 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded over $70 million to a 63-year old cancer patient who alleged that J&J’s talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer; $2.57 million in compensatory damages and $67.5 million in punitive damages.
A 62-year old woman who used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products for feminine hygiene claimed these products caused her to develop ovarian cancer. A jury in St. Louis, after deliberating a day, returned with a verdict in her favor, awarding her $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.