Johnson & Johnson hit with two multi-million dollar verdicts in talcum powder ovarian cancer trials this year.
Johnson & Johnson. The company knew for several years that their Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower To Shower products could cause reproductive cancers, but took no measures to inform consumers. Jury Awards $55 Million in St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Trial – May 2016 A St. Louis, Missouri jury slapped Johnson & Johnson with a multi-million dollar verdict after a woman claimed their Talcum Powder products gave her ovarian cancer. This is the pharmacy giant’s second multi-million dollar trial loss this year. The plaintiff used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products for feminine hygiene for about 40 years and a doctor diagnosed her with ovarian cancer in 2011. She was forced to undergo a hysterectomy. Jurors awarded her with $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages after finding Johnson & Johnson liable for her injuries and guilty of hiding the risks. Jury Awards $72 Million in February 2016 A Missouri jury awarded $72 Million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer, which she said was caused by using Johnson & Johnson’s well known baby powder and other products containing talcum. This verdict included $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages. At trial, the plaintiff’s attorneys introduced a September 1997 internal memo from a Johnson & Johnson medical consultant suggesting that “‘anybody who denies (the) risks’ between ‘hygienic’ talc use and ovarian cancer will be publicly perceived in the same light as those who denied a link between smoking cigarettes and cancer: ‘denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.'” In other words, Johnson & Johnson have known that their talc products could cause reproductive cancer ten years ago, but did not do anything about it or attempt to warn consumers. Johnson & Johnson Faces Thousands of Lawsuits Since February, the company faces more than 1,000 state and federal lawsuits saying it ignored evidence linking its Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talc-based products to ovarian and other types of cancer. In May 2009, a coalition of groups called the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics began pushing Johnson & Johnson to eliminate questionable ingredients from its baby and adult personal care products. After three years of petitions, negative publicity and a boycott threat, the company agreed in 2012 to eliminate the ingredients 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, both considered probable human carcinogens, from all products by 2015. Originally posted by David Mittleman on The Legal Examiner website. Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer – Ball & Bonholtzer Trial Attorney – Los Angeles