LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles jury awarded a California woman $417 million because she developed ovarian cancer and had used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder for decades.
The award includes $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages, according to multiple reports.
Eva Echeverria, a 63-year-old from Los Angeles, said in her lawsuit that she had been using the powder as a regular part of her feminine hygiene routine since she was 11 years old.
The verdict marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S.
According to the Los Angeles Times, more than 300 lawsuits are pending in California and more than 4,500 claims in the rest of the country, alleging that the healthcare giant ignored studies linking its Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products to cancer.
Echeverria developed ovarian cancer as a "proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder," she said in her lawsuit.
A surgeon removed a softball-sized tumor, but Echeverria is now near death and was unable to attend the trial, one of her attorneys said.
The evidence in the case included internal documents from several decades that "showed the jury that Johnson & Johnson knew about the risks of talc and ovarian cancer," Echeverria's attorney, Mark Robinson, told the Chicago Tribune.
Johnson & Johnson said in a statement that it will begin the appeals process in the California case.
"Ovarian cancer is a devastating diagnosis and we deeply sympathize with the women and families impacted by this disease," Carol Goodrich, a representative for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., said in a statement. "We will appeal today's verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder. In April, the National Cancer Institute's Physician Data Query Editorial Board wrote, 'The weight of evidence does not support an association between perineal talc exposure and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.' We are preparing for additional trials in the US and we will continue to defend the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder."
The talc is one of the company’s best-known products, marketed at one point with the jingle, “A sprinkle a day helps keep the odor away.”
Who Can File A Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
Talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits are being filed against Johnson & Johnson and Valeant Pharmaceutical International, Inc. by women diagnosed with this disease.
In cases involving death, the surviving family members can file a Wrongful Death Lawsuit against the baby powder and body powder manufacturers. To qualify for a lawsuit, the six factors above must generally be satisfied.
Several talcum powder lawsuits have gone to trial recently. In two recent cases, juries have awarded the surviving family members millions of dollars in compensation against Johnson & Johnson. Several other cases are expected to go to trial soon.
Based upon the verdicts in other cases, it is anticipated that these other trials will have similar results against the company. The nation’s top ranked trial lawyers are prepared to continue this battle against the company.
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