Johnson & Johnson Takes Third Loss in Latest Ovarian Cancer Trial
Johnson & Johnson has now lost three court cases in a row regarding its talcum powder products and their link to ovarian cancer. Today a St. Louis jury awarded $70 million to 63-year-old Deborah Giannecchini, who claims her ovarian cancer was caused by her use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder.
Giannecchini used the talc-based product for 40 years—until she was diagnosed.
In a 9-3 vote, the jury awarded $65 million for damages and $2.475 for compensation. Co-defendant Imerys Talc, the pharmaceutical company’s talc producer, was also found guilty and ordered to pay $2.5 million in damages.
“I’ve waited for a long time for this,” Giannecchini told Bloomberg. “I’ve wanted this so badly.”
Giannecchini’s ovarian cancer is at Stage IV, and doctors have given her an 80 percent chance of dying in the next two years.
According to Bloomberg, jurors in the case believed that Johnson & Johnson should have included warning labels on its talc products.
“It seemed like Johnson & Johnson didn’t pay attention,” juror Billie Ray told Bloomberg. “It seemed like they didn’t care.”
The previous two trials Johnson & Johnson lost had verdicts of $72 million and $55 million. This third trial loss results in the healthcare company now being ordered to pay approximately $200 million to plaintiffs thus far.
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