Johnson & Johnson and a talc supply company were ordered to pay $70 million in damages to a California woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer linked to her use of talcum powder products for feminine hygiene. The verdict is the third consecutive trial defeat for Johnson & Johnson in talcum powder litigation, following verdicts of $72 million and $55 million earlier this year.
Jurors in the latest talcum powder lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson ordered the company to pay $65 million in punitive damages to the plaintiff, Deborah Giannecchini. Imerys Talc America Inc., which supplied the talc used in Johnson & Johnson’s products, was also ordered to pay $2.5 million in punitive damages. A $2.5 million award for medical expenses and pain and suffering was split between the two companies, with about 90% of the award designated to Johnson & Johnson.
According to her lawsuit, Giannecchini was diagnosed with ovarian cancer four years ago after decades of using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum baby powder products, including Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. Giannecchini has undergone numerous cancer treatments since her diagnosis, and is expected to live only a few more years as a result of her illness.
Giannecchini alleged in her lawsuit that Johnson & Johnson has known about the link between talcum powder and cancer for years, but failed to properly warn consumers about the risks. According to her lawyers, studies have shown since the 1970s that talcum powder users may face an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Research has suggested that women who use talcum powder products in the vaginal area for feminine hygiene may be 40% more likely to develop ovarian cancer.
In two earlier talcum powder trials this year, jurors in Missouri awarded damages of $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer, and of $55 million to a woman who underwent a hysterectomy after receiving an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Johnson & Johnson still faces about 2,000 lawsuits filed nationwide by consumers who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer or other diseases after using the company’s talcum powder products.
Women who used talcum powder products and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer may qualify to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or other talc manufacturers. The first step in taking legal action is to consult with an attorney who can advise you regarding your legal rights and guide you through the process of filing a case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson currently represent dozens of women who have contracted ovarian cancer following long-term exposure to talcum baby powder. Our law firm has also filed numerous product liability lawsuits on behalf of our clients, including cases involving defective drugs, dangerous medical devices, and other commercial products.
Heygood, Orr & Pearson filed cases against some of the largest companies in the world on behalf of our clients. Our attorneys are dedicated to the belief that all consumers should have the right to experienced and qualified legal counsel to ensure that their rights are protected in a court of law.
For more information about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or other talcum powder companies, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few short questions about your case to get started.