California court awards $417 million in talcum powder lawsuit

California court awards $417 million in talcum powder lawsuit

If this talcum powder is as harmful to women, why isn't it hurting babies who the company had in mind when making the product? At that time, she did not know that there were lawsuits and studies conducted linking Johnson & Johnson's product to cancer and shortly after, she stopped using the product.

The company faces ~4,800 lawsuits claiming the use of its baby powder led to ovarian cancer.

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

The verdict came after a St. Louis, Missouri jury in May awarded $110.5 million to a Virginia woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012.

The verdict included $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages, a spokeswoman for Echeverria's lawyers said. The jury found that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn users of the cancer risks of the talc in its baby powder.

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Johnson & Johnson has been named a defendant in more than 5,000 talcum powder lawsuits now pending in courts around the country, all of which were filed on behalf of women who allegedly developed ovarian cancer following the regular and repeated use of the company's talc-based powders for feminine hygiene purposes.

A spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson said the company will appeal the decision, reports Reuters. The amount the court has ordered Johnson & Johnson for this lawsuit is more than the total of other talc lawsuits, which totaled to $307 million.

Barbara Mihalich v. Johnson & Johnson et al. This can be pretty unreliable because of hindsight bias, which might encourage some people to attribute more significance to something (say, their use of talcum powder) after an issue has been raised, but not before. J&J has consistently disputed those allegations and says the science "supports the safety" of the product. The Firm is offering free legal reviews to women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer that may be associated with Johnson & Johnson's talc-based powders.

Harvard University epidemiologist Daniel Cramer has published several studies, beginning in 1982, that found a link between talc exposure and increased ovarian cancer. And as the ACS notes, existing research is unclear enough that World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies genital use of consumer talc-based products "possibly carcinogenic to humans".

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

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