A Los Angeles jury has awarded a woman $417 million from a Johnson &
Johnson talcum powder lawsuit. Several other lawsuits have been filed
against Johnson & Johnson over allegations that its talcum baby powder
products cause ovarian cancer. Although there have been several other
multimillion dollar verdicts from these lawsuits, this is by far the largest.
The plaintiff in this case was a 63-year-old medical receptionist who had
used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum baby powder for several decades.
She developed ovarian cancer in 2007, which eventually became terminal.
During a video-recorded deposition, the woman described how she had used
the product since she was 11 years old. She stopped using the talcum powder
in 2016 after watching a news story about a woman who developed ovarian
cancer while using the product.
The jury awarded the woman almost $70 million in compensatory damages and
$347 million in punitive damages after determining there was a connection
between the talcum powder and her ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson
claims it will try to overturn the verdict.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, talcum powder
is classified as a possible human carcinogen when it is used in the genital
area. It is theorized that talc, a naturally occurring mineral, can travel
to the ovaries and cause inflammation. This inflammation is believed to
cause ovarian cancer.
Can I File a Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
Consumer product manufacturers are legally obligated to ensure their goods
are free of dangerous defects. In cases where consumer products cause
injuries or deaths, victims of these defects or their family members may
be able to file
product liability lawsuits. The Washington DC product liability attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC
multiple verdicts and settlements for people who were harmed by dangerous consumer products.