For the second time in three months, Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay a large award over claims that use of its talcum powder leads to cancer.
A Missouri jury awarded Gloria Ristesund $55 million in damages on May 2, 2016. Ms. Ristesund was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011 after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder for more than 35 years. Attorneys for Ms. Ristesund argued that Johnson & Johnson knew there was a possible cancer-causing agent in their body powder, but did not reveal it to the public.
In February 2016, a Missouri jury awarded the family of an ovarian cancer victim $72 million in damages in a lawsuit involving Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower powder. Jackie Fox of Birmingham, Alabama sued Johnson & Johnson, claiming the company knew the talcum powder in their products was potentially dangerous. The jury award included $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in punitive damages for the estate of Ms. Fox, who died of ovarian cancer in 2013 at the age of 62.
There now more than 1,200 similar talcum powder lawsuits pending in courts around the country.
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