Jury awards $55 million to woman who blamed talc for cancer

A St. Louis jury awarded a South Dakota woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder $55 million in compensation and punitive damages. A little less than two months earlier in the same courthouse, the company lost a $72 million verdict to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer. Both cases contended that J&J knew the risk of ovarian cancer was linked to its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products yet failed to warn customers of that risk. While the company plans to appeal the recent verdict, plaintiffs’ lawyers are hoping these two outcomes will motivate the company to try and settle the nearly 1,000 outstanding talc cases filed against J&J. The company denied any wrongdoing and stated that it takes questions about the safety og its products very seriously.

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