Record $417M award in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

Posted August 24, 2017

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. She says she's been using the company's baby powder product for decades now and still continued using it after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer following the long-term use of talc-based powder for feminine hygiene purposes may be eligible to file their own talcum powder lawsuit. In the current case, the plaintiff was awarded $417 million in damages, which is the largest verdict awarded in the matter thus far.

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After two days of closing arguments by lawyers, the jury chose to award Echeverria with $68 million in compensatory damages and $340 million in punitive damages. "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 USA and we will continue to defend the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder".

The verdict in the lawsuit brought by the California woman, Eva Echeverria, marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S.

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In a statement, Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said that the company will appeal the jury's decision. Cramer worked as a paid consultant for the plaintiff's lawyers in a St. Louis case that resulted in a $72 million verdict against J&J.

The study went on to say, "In 2006, a meta-analysis of 21 studies reported an approximately 35 percent increase in risk with genital exposure to talc and an earlier meta-analysis had similar findings".

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More than 1,000 such other similar lawsuits have been filed, with some receiving monetary compensation and others being thrown out for lack of substantial evidence. It is not certain for sure whether talc is known for causing ovarian cancer. Scientific studies about this link have provided little to no evidence that the powder could cause ovarian cancer. "There's a problem all over the country with women using talcum powder on a daily basis for 10, 20, 30, 40 years". The products you buy from your local pharmacy today are completely asbestos-free, but Echeverria began using talcum powder in the 1960s, aged 11, when some talcum powder still contained asbestos, before it was banned in the '70s.