Johnson & Johnson recently lost its third trial over claims that its talcum powder products can cause ovarian cancer. A St. Louis jury awarded a California woman, Deborah Giannecchini, more than $70 million, which includes punitive damages, medical costs and pain and suffering. This verdict follows 2 previous multi-million dollar jury verdicts against Johnson & Johnson earlier this year.
According to her lawyers, Giannecchini, 62, used Johnson’s baby powder for feminine hygiene for more than four decades until her diagnosis with ovarian cancer three years ago. She has undergone surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, but still has an 80 percent chance of dying in the next two years.
Overall, J&J is facing approximately 1,700 talcum powder lawsuits in state and federal court. J&J denies there is any link to talc powder use and ovarian cancer and says that clinical evidence around the world supports the safety of talc. However, lawsuits allege that the company ignored scientific studies linking its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products to cancer and failed to warn consumers about the risk.
J&J was aware of “30 years of studies showing an increased risk of ovarian cancer from the use of talc,” Giannecchini’s lawyer, Allen Smith, told jurors in the St. Louis trial. “They knew, and they knew the public was unaware of the risk.” Instead of adding warning labels, J&J “developed a defense strategy to prevent government regulation of its products,” he said.
Jurors felt that the company should have provided a warning label on its products to give consumers the choice whether to use talc, knowing the risk.
Johnson & Johnson has appealed its first two unsuccessful verdicts and plans to appeal this one, as well.
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