A jury this week ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer caused by her use of the company’s products containing talcum powder.
Jackie Fox of Birmingham, Alabama, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March 2013 and died last October at the age of 62. Fox, according to her lawsuit, developed ovarian cancer as a result of using Baby Powder and Shower to Shower as feminine hygiene for about 35 years.
Numerous medical studies have shown that talcum used on or near the genitals can enter the ovaries and cause inflammation, leading to the growth of cancer cells over time.
A St. Louis jury sided with the Fox family and ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a total of $72 million -- $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages.
The case is one of more than 1,000 that Johnson & Johnson is facing over the issue of talc in its products.
Trials in several other talc lawsuits against J&J are scheduled for later this year.
Ross Feller Casey, one of the nation’s leading catastrophic injury law firms, is actively pursuing talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result of using talcum-based J&J products, you should contact one of our experienced talcum lawsuit lawyers immediately for free consultation.