A Missouri state court jury has awarded more than $110 million to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower body powder for decades, marking the largest verdict to date in 5 trials.
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May 5, 2017 - The record-setting award comes after Johnson & Johnson scored its first talcum powder defense verdict in March in St. Louis, where thousands of similar lawsuits are pending.
Jurors deliberated for just over a day following the 3 week trial, awarding 62-year-old Lois Slemp $5.4 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages. Imerys Talc America, the company that supplied the talc to Johnson & Johnson, was also ordered to pay $50,000 in punitive damages.
Slemp, who used Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower for about 40 years before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, is currently undergoing treatment after the disease spread to her liver. Her case was expedited due to her health condition.
J&J spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said the company sympathized with women suffering from ovarian cancer but would immediately begin the process of appealing Thursday’s verdict.
“We are preparing for additional trials this year and we will continue to defend the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder,” the company said in a statement following the verdict.
The lawsuit accused J&J and Imerys of failing to warn consumers about the risk of cancer with talc despite being aware for decades of numerous scientific studies suggesting the mineral is a carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). The defendants claimed those allegations were based on discredited science, and that talc is no more dangerous than alcohol or red meat, neither of which carries a cancer warning label.
The award is worth nearly half of all the money awarded to date in St. Louis in talc-related cases. Three trials last year resulted in plaintiff verdicts of $72 million, $55 million and $70 million. The lone talc trial to date in federal court resulted in a finding of negligence by J&J but no damages were awarded.
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