Johnson & Johnson Faces Talc Case

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Before Monday, the largest verdict was for $110 million.

According to Reuters, California jury verdict in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson's (NYSE: JNJ) talcum powder based products cause cancer and ended in the company paying $417 million to a California resident, who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson and Johnson's baby powder product.

Internal documents were entered into evidence at trial that indicated Johnson & Johnson knew about the risks of the use of talc and link to ovarian cancer for decades - and failed to warn women of those risks. She says while the company sympathizes with women suffering from ovarian cancer, there is scientific evidence supports the safety of Johnson's baby powder.

Ms. Echeverria began daily use of Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products when she was 11 years old.

"She told me, 'I'm not doing this for myself, '" Robinson said.

After two days of deliberation, the jury awarded Echeverria $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages. Since her ovarian cancer diagnosis in 2007, she has undergone numerous surgeries and chemotherapy treatments.

Carol Goodrich, spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc said in a statement that the firm plans to appeal, as it has in previous cases.




The company faces more than 5,000 lawsuits over its talc products, and has lost 4 other trials in St. Louis totaling more than $300 million.

Harvard University epidemiologist Daniel Cramer has published several studies, beginning in 1982, that found a link between talc exposure and increased ovarian cancer.

The case is Echeverria et al v. Johnson & Johnson, Los Angeles Superior Court, No. BC628228. Some studies have found a small to moderate increase in cancer risk, but these studies tend to rely on women self-reporting.

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. J&J has consistently disputed those allegations and says the science "supports the safety" of the product.

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She had blamed her illness on her use of the company's talcum powder-containing products for more than 40 years.

Another St. Louis jury in March rejected the claims of a Tennessee woman with ovarian and uterine cancer who blamed talcum powder for her cancers.

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