A St. Louis jury awarded $4.69 Billion to 22 women who allege that Johnson and Johnsons baby powder caused their ovarian cancer.
$550 million was awarded in compensatory damages, and $4.14 billion was awarded in punitive damages against the company for failing to warn that is talcum powder can raise the risk of ovarian cancer. This is one of the largest punitive damages awarded in a product liability case. Six of the 22 women have died, and one of the plaintiffs undergoing Chemotherapy was too ill to attend the verdict on Thursday.
The women allege that Johnson and Johnson have known that its talc was contaminated with asbestos since the 1970s, but have failed to warn consumers about the risks of using their product.
For decades, women have used talcum powder for hygienic use and for the absorption of moisture. Products like Shower to Shower are directly marketed for use on sensitive areas to help with discomfort. Talcum powder has been linked to asbestos, a well-known carcinogen. Medical experts testified that there was evidence that asbestos and talc particles were found in the ovarian tissues of some of the women. 12,000-15,000 Americans die due to exposure to asbestos per year.
Ovarian Cancer Caused by Talcum Powder
More than 5500 lawsuits have been filed by women who claim they got ovarian cancer from using talcum powder, including Johnson and Johnsons baby powder. A 1992 study found that women who applied talcum powder directly to their bodies on a daily basis had a significantly higher risk of developing ovarian cancer
If you or a loved one has regularly used talcum powder, and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it is important to contact a lawyer. With over 40 years of experience and a track-record of results for our clients, the attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm will help you fight for the justice you deserve.