Johnson & Johnson has been hit with a $55 million jury verdict in a case brought by a woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using the company’s talcum baby powder products. The $55 million verdict was the second consecutive legal defeat for Johnson & Johnson in lawsuits involving talcum powder. The company still faces hundreds of additional lawsuits regarding the link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder.
Jurors in Missouri state court awarded compensatory damages of $5 million and $50 million in punitive damages to Gloria Ristesund following a three week trial. Attorneys representing Ristesund said that the jury’s verdict was consistent with decades of scientific evidence that has shown a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
Ristesund alleged that he was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after decades of using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products for feminine hygiene, including Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder. Ristesund’s illness is now in remission after she underwent several surgeries, including a hysterectomy that revealed talc in her ovaries.
The $55 million verdict is the second straight defeat for Johnson & Johnson in talcum powder litigation. In February 2016, the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer following years of using Johnson & Johnson talcum baby powder was awarded $72 million in damages.
Plaintiffs’ attorneys involved in both lawsuits said that unlike the Alabama woman in the first trial—who case was chosen by the plaintiffs to be the first in the Missouri talcum powder litigation—Ristesund was a “defense pick” selected for trial by Johnson & Johnson’s lawyers. Ristesund’s attorneys said that the fact that Johnson & Johnson was unable to win a case chosen by their own legal team may force the company “to come to the table and start settling cases”.
Johnson & Johnson is still facing about 1,200 lawsuits in state and federal court filed on behalf of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer linked to their use of talcum powder products. These lawsuits have alleged that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer despite the fact that it has known about the dangers of talcum products for years.
Recent studies have confirmed the link between the use of talcum baby powder for feminine hygiene and an increased risk of ovarian cancer. According to a recent study published in the scientific journal Epidemiology, women who routinely applied talcum powder to their genital area, sanitary napkins, tampons, or underwear for feminine hygiene were 33% more likely to develop ovarian cancer.
Speaking about the recent verdicts against Johnson & Johnson, product liability expert Carl Tobias said that the recent string of defeats for the company in the talcum powder litigation may cause significant damage to its public image and bottom line. Tobias stated that Johnson & Johnson may wish to establish a settlement fund to dispose of the hundreds of remaining lawsuits against the company in order to avoid further damage to the reputation of one of the company’s iconic products.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower body powder, or other talcum powder products, you may qualify to take legal action against Johnson & Johnson or other companies who manufactured these products. The first step in filing a lawsuit is to speak with a law firm whose attorneys have the knowledge and years of experience with product liability litigation in order to successfully handle your case from start to finish.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed numerous product liability lawsuits on behalf of our clients, including cases involving defective medical products, dangerous drugs, faulty medical devices, and other commercial products. We currently represent dozens of women who have contracted ovarian cancer following long-term exposure to talcum baby powder.
In our decade of legal experience, the attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have taken on some of the largest corporations in the world in an effort to ensure that our clients achieve the best possible results in their case. Our firm is dedicated to the belief that all consumers should have the right to highly qualified, experienced legal counsel so that their interests are represented and that their legal rights are fully protected.
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