Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay $525-Million In Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

Jury Awards $417M in Lawsuit Linking Talcum Powder to Cancer

The jury awarded the woman $70 million in damages and an extra $347 million in punitive damages.

She says the company sympathizes with ovarian cancer patients but insisted science supports the safety of Johnson's baby powder. Meanwhile, The International Agency for Research on Cancer has said that talcum powder is "possibly carcinogenic to humans".

Thousands of women have brought lawsuits making similar claims, most of which are in California, Missouri and New Jersey. The company was ordered to pay $110 million to 61-year-old Louis Slemp of Virginia who also charged that decades of use of their talc powder was linked to her ovarian cancer.

Only a handful of those cases have gone to trial so far, but most of the verdicts have gone against Johnson & Johnson.

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Johnson & Johnson has lost yet another lawsuit related to the talc found in its trademark baby powder.

"Several studies have suggested that using talcum powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 30 to 60 per cent".

The California jury made the award, which included $347m in punitive damages, to Eva Echeverria on Monday after she filed suit in July of a year ago, a representative of the Los Angeles Superior Court told the AFP news agency.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that scientists have raised the possibility of a link between talcum powders and ovarian cancer since the 1960s but says the findings have not been conclusive.

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A jury in California awarded the sum to Eva Echeverria, which is the largest yet in a series of lawsuits against pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson (J&J). She really didn't want sympathy. "These cases are about fighting for justice for women all over California who are suffering from ovarian cancer because of Johnson & Johnson's covering up the truth for so many years".

Echeverria alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about talcum powder's potential cancer risks. Two studies cited by Echeverria's lawyers estimated that talc powders could be the cause of up to 10 percent of ovarian cancer cases.

Last year, the company paid an extra $ 300 million in damages to three other plaintiffs in Missouri alone. She said that the company is preparing to defend itself in trials of similar nature in future. Plaintiff and J&J lawyers are battling over whether the huge verdicts will remain intact and whether the St. Louis court will retain jurisdiction over the other cases.

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