Saturday, May 6, 2017

Jury in America says Johnson's Powder causes ovarian cancer; awards plaintiff $110.5 million

What was considered one of the essentials for baby care and mother care in the good ole days has turned into a possible danger.

A St. Louis jury in America has ruled that the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer. This was the verdict in a case involving Lois Slemp, 62, of Wise, Virginia, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. Lois blames her illness on her use of the company's talcum powder-containing products for more than 40 years.

Lois was awarded $110.5 million. 

This is the fourth time this is happening. Three other jury trials in St. Louis reached similar outcomes last year, awarding the plaintiffs $72 million, $70.1 million and $55 million, for a combined total of $307.6 million. 

However, the company says its product is safe, and it plans to appeal the latest verdict, as it has the other three.
Johnson & Johnson also has had some legal victories, including in March when a St. Louis jury rejected the claims of a Tennessee woman with ovarian and uterine cancer. Also, two cases in New Jersey were thrown out by a judge who said the plaintiffs' lawyers hadn't presented reliable evidence that talc leads to ovarian cancer.

The next baby powder trial is in June in St. Louis, and will be followed by another in July in California.

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