Jury Awards $55M In Talcum Powder Suit, While More Than 1,000 Other Cases Wait In The Wings
Women contend the company knew the risk of its product being linked to ovarian cancer.
The Associated Press:
St. Louis Jury Awards $55M In Johnson & Johnson Cancer Suit
A jury in St. Louis has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who claimed the company’s talcum powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Court records show the jury returned the verdict in favor of plaintiff Gloria Ristesund on Monday. It comes after a St. Louis jury in February awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who sued Johnson & Johnson over ovarian cancer she said was caused by using its baby powder and other products containing talcum. (5/3)
J&J Faces 1,000 More Talc-Cancer Suits After Verdict Loss
Johnson & Johnson must pay $55 million to a 62-year-old South Dakota woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on the company’s talcum powder in the second such trial loss this year. J&J is accused in more than 1,000 lawsuits in state and federal courts of ignoring studies linking its Shower-to-Shower product and Johnson’s Baby Powder to ovarian cancer. Women contend the company knew the risk and failed to warn customers. In February, J&J lost a $72 million verdict in the same St. Louis courthouse to the family of a woman who died of the disease. (Fisk, Bross and Feeley, 5/2)