Lawsuit Linking J&J Talc-based Powder to Ovarian Cancer Results in $4.69 Billion Award
A Missouri judge has upheld a $4.69 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson after the baby powder manufacturer attempted to appeal the decision. The $4.69 billion was awarded to 22 women and their families who claimed that asbestos contamination in Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talc products was linked to ovarian cancer. This verdict is one of the largest personal injury awards on record.
If you or a loved one used Johnson & Johnson Talc Powder regularly and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may qualify for a Money Damages. Call the Gold Shield Group at 877-539-1539.
J&J Knew About Possible Risks for Decades
According to documents presented in court, from the 1970s to the early 2000s Johnson & Johnson failed to report that their raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for asbestos. An internal memo to managers of the baby products division from 1975 marked “strictly confidential” revealed their strategy for keeping this information under wraps:
“Our current posture with respect to the sponsorship of talc safety studies has been to initiate studies only as dictated by confrontation. This philosophy, so far, has allowed us to neutralize or hold in check data already generated by investigators who question the safety of talc. …we minimize the risk of possible self-generation of scientific data which may be politically or scientifically embarrassing.”
Medical Research Finds Link Between Talc powder and Ovarian Cancer
Over the decades, several medical studies have revealed possible links between using talc powder and ovarian cancer. An article in the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research from 2013 concluded that women using powder in the genital area over an extended period of time faced an increased risk of ovarian cancer. In 1982, a study in the journal Cancer also supported “an association between talc and ovarian cancer”. Even as far back as 1971, a cancer study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found talcum powder in 75% of the ovarian tumors they examined.
Verdicts Against Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson lost several talcum powder lawsuits prior to the recent a $4.69 billion verdict. There are still thousands of cases pending, but listed below are some of the more notable verdicts against Johnson & Johnson.
$72 Million Awarded to Family of Jacqueline Fox
A Missouri state jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to using Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for more than 35 years. After a three-week trial, the jury took only four hours to reach a verdict, finding Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy.
$55 Million Awarded to Gloria Ristesund
Gloria Ristesund used the company's feminine hygiene powder products (such as Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower) for decades. (To watch video of the Gloria Ristesund trial, click here.) She was awarded $50 million in punitive damages and $5 million in compensatory damages.
$417 Million Awarded to Eva Echeverria
At the time of her trial, Ms. Echeverria was terminally ill and had to give her testimony via video. She said that if Johnson & Johnson had put a warning about the risks of ovarian cancer on the product, she would have stopped using it. A Los Angeles jury awarded her $347 million in punitive damages and $70 million in compensatory damages.
If you or a loved one used Johnson & Johnson Talc Powder regularly and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, call the Gold Shield Group for a free, no obligation consultation at 877-539-1539. We’ve helped thousands of people and we can help you.