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J&J  Has Been Ordered to Pay $417 Million

(Reuters) – A California jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury’s verdict in favor of California resident Eva Echeverria was the largest yet in lawsuits alleging J&J failed to adequately warn consumers about the cancer risks of its talc-based products.
“We are grateful for the jury’s verdict on this matter and that Eva Echeverria was able to have her day in court,” Mark Robinson, her lawyer, said in a statement.
The verdict included $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages. It was a major setback for J&J, which faces 4,800 similar claims nationally and has been hit with over $300 million in verdicts by juries in Missouri.
“We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder,” J&J said.
Echeverria’s lawsuit was the first out of hundreds of California talc cases to go to trial.
The 63-year-old claimed she developed terminal ovarian cancer after decades of using J&J’s products. Her lawyers argued J&J encouraged women to use its products despite knowing of studies linking ovarian cancer to genital talc use.
J&J’s lawyers countered that studies and federal agencies have not found that talc products are carcinogenic.
The trial follows five prior ones in Missouri state court, where many lawsuits are pending.
J&J lost four of those trials and, along with a talc supplier, has been hit with $307 million in verdicts. Before Monday, the largest verdict was for $110 million.
The Missouri cases, which have largely been brought by out-of-state plaintiffs, have faced jurisdictional questions after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in June that limited where personal injury lawsuits can be filed.
In a decision in a case involving Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, the Supreme Court said state courts cannot hear claims against companies that are not based in the state when the alleged injuries did not occur there.
The ruling prompted a St. Louis judge, at New Jersey-based J&J’s urging, to declare a mistrial in the talc case already underway.
The judge has nonetheless left the door open for the plaintiffs to argue they still have jurisdiction based on a Missouri-based bottler J&J used to package its products.
The case is Echeverria et al v. Johnson & Johnson, Los Angeles Superior Court, No. BC628228.
(Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Paul Simao)

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Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Won

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A jury awarded $72 million  verdict against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn a woman of a potential cancer risk from using talcum powder.  This raises  questions about the safety his household name women have used for years for feminine hygiene.

Jurors in St. Louis awarded the money to the family of a woman who said her fatal ovarian cancer was due to using the company’s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower powder for decades.

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Johnson & Johnson offered a written statement that the verdict “goes against decades of sound science proving the safety of talc as a cosmetic ingredient in multiple products,” citing research by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and National Cancer Institute, the Associated Press reported.

What Is Talc?

Talc, used to make talcum powder, is a mineral that absorbs moisture, which helps to keep skin dry and prevent rashes. In addition to baby powder, it’s also used in a wide range of toiletries and cosmetics, including eye shadow and facial powder. Talc in its natural form contains asbestos, a known carcinogen, but all consumer goods containing talc have been free of asbestos since the 1970s, according to the American Cancer Society.

Do Talcum Powder Studies Say  RISK ?

However, studies since the 1980s have suggested a possible increased risk for ovarian cancer if talcum powder is regularly used in the genital area or on underwear, sanitary napkins, diaphragms or condoms. The concern is that talc could reach the ovaries through the vaginal opening and cause inflammation, a risk factor for cancer. It’s a theory that is “scientifically plausible” but hasn’t yet been proven, one cancer expert told Reuters.

Because research results have been mixed, the cancer society recommends that those concerned about a risk use cornstarch-based powder instead. “There is no evidence at this time linking cornstarch powders with any form of cancer,” the group says. Johnson & Johnson also sells a baby powder made with cornstarch.

Talcum Powder Lawsuits Are Piling Up

The company is facing about 1,200 similar suits from women claiming the company knew of the risk from talc and failed to warn consumers. The verdict in the St. Louis case is the first time a jury has awarded damages, Bloomberg Business reported. A 2013 case in North Dakota found that the company’s talc-based powder contributed to a woman’s ovarian cancer, but no damages were awarded.

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