Woman Awarded $55 Million in Talc-Powder Cancer Trial Against J&J

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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.

Second Talc Powder Trial Loss for J&J

This is the second trial loss this year for Johnson & Johnson in which lawsuits claim their talcum powder products have caused ovarian cancer.

In February 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after years of using the talcum powder for feminine hygiene.

J&J Accused of Knowing About the Cancer Link Yet Failing to Warn

Allen Smith, Gloria Ristesund’s lawyer, told jurors “Science has been simple and consistent over the last 40 years: There’s an increased risk of ovarian cancer from genital use of talc. Ristesund used talc for four decades unaware there were any health concerns.”

More than 1,000 lawsuits have been filed alleging J&J knew of the studies linking its talcum powder products to ovarian cancer and failed to add a warning label on the products.

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