A jury yesterday awarded a woman $55 million in a lawsuit alleging that talcum contained in popular Johnson & Johnson brand powder products caused her ovarian cancer.
The verdict is the second major court defeat for the consumer product giant in less than three months over claims that talcum in its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder caused cancer.
In February, a jury awarded the family of an Alabama woman $72 million in a wrongful death trial involving similar claims against J&J.
The latest verdict, coming Monday in Missouri, awarded $5 million in compensatory damages to the plaintiff Gloria Ristesund, and an additional $50 million in punitive damages.
In her lawsuit, Ristesund, 62, of South Dakota, alleged that she developed ovarian cancer as a result of using J&J’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder on her general area for decades. She underwent a hysterectomy and other surgeries, and is now in remission.
J&J is facing more than 1,200 similar lawsuits involving talcum powder and cancer.
The lawsuits allege, among other things, that J&J knew for decades of the possible health risks associated with talc in their products but failed to warn consumers.
Ross Feller Casey, one of the nation’s top personal injury law firms, is actively pursuing talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson on behalf of dozens of woman and their families from across the U.S. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result of using talc-based J&J products, you should contact one of our experienced talc lawsuit lawyers immediately for free case review.