Jury Awards $417M In Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Lawsuit

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The ruling by the jury panel of Los Angeles county Superior Court came on Monday after it found the company was liable for failing to warn the woman about the cancer risks of using talcum products, Xinhua news agency reported. The verdict includes $347 million in punitive damages. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. Some case-control studies, based on asking women who have ovarian cancer about their history, have found a slightly increased risk.

According to the American Cancer Society, some talc in its natural form contains asbestos, which is known to cause cancer when it's inhaled.

These cases increase many questions regarding the use of the talcum powder on genitals. But, again, the two most rigorous studies didn't find any link. Because all the cases show that it increases the risk of ovarian cancer. The products you buy from your local pharmacy today are completely asbestos-free, but Echeverria began using talcum powder in the 1960s, aged 11, when some talcum powder still contained asbestos, before it was banned in the '70s. "Baby powder" is a marketing term for cosmetic products that can be made from corn starch, talc, and other powders. Carol Goodrich, a spokesperson for the company told Allure, "Ovarian cancer is a devastating diagnosis and we deeply sympathize with the women and families impacted by this disease". But asbestos hasn't been present in talcum powder in the United States since the 1970s.

Barbara Mihalich v. Johnson & Johnson et al. Hundreds more are in earlier stages of litigation in California alone.

"She told me, 'I'm not doing this for myself, '" Robinson said. She says she's been using the company's baby powder product for decades now and still continued using it after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. J&J, which faces 5,500 claims in United States courts, has lost four previous jury verdicts in St Louis for a total of $300 million. Previously, the company was hit with lawsuits and forced to pay multiple different cases' amounts ranging from $55 to $110 million. "There's a problem all over the country with women using talcum powder on daily basis for 10, 20, 30, 40 years". J&J finally won one of the cases in March and plans to appeal all of the other verdicts. "In April, the National Cancer Institute's Physician Data Query Editorial Board wrote, 'The weight of evidence does not support an association between perineal talc exposure and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.' We are preparing for additional trials in the U.S. and we will continue to defend the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder", she said.