Yesterday a Missouri jury awarded a woman $55 million dollars in damages for injuries and damages she sustained when she contracted ovarian cancer as a result of using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and shower to shower products. The award represents $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. It was the second time Johnson & Johnson has been found responsible for similar damages.
The plaintiffs in these case have shown that for many years, J&J hid the link between the use of “talc” have accused J&J of failing for years to warn that talc was linked to an increased risk for ovarian cancer. J&J has said it acted properly in developing and marketing the products.
Presently 1400 lawsuits remain pending; mostly concentrated in Missouri and New Jersey.