Another Huge Talcum Powder Verdict Awarded

Yesterday another multi-million dollar verdict in a talcum powder trial was issued yesterday to a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using baby powder for more than four decades. Johnson and Johnson was ordered to pay out $65 million in punitive damages and around 90{7b0f9a613a6857e14562fa0a1b26cd067b995d91d673512a1ec838e971e7f3c9} of $2.5 million for pain and suffering and accrued medical costs. The verdict comes just months after two other rulings at $55 million and $72 million were made in separate talcum powder cases, which Johnson and Johnson is appealing. Imerys Talc America, a talc producer and co-defendant in the case, was also ordered to pay $2.5 million in punitive damages. Imerys was not held liable in the prior two trials.

In the most recent decision, a St. Louis jury found once again that Johnson and Johnson was aware of the dangers of using talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes but did not warn women of the risk. The plaintiff, Deborah Giannecchini, used Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder for more than 40 years over the course of her life and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago. Her attorneys say she has has undergone extensive treatment but sadly has a small chance of surviving.

Ms. Goodrich reacted to the verdict saying, “I’ve waited for a long time for this. I’ve wanted this so badly.” A juror was quoted saying that it appeared Johnson and Johnson “didn’t care” and “didn’t pay attention.” Carol Goodrich, a spokesperson for the company, says scientific evidence supports the idea that baby powder used for feminine hygiene is safe, however, the jury disagreed. Furthermore, plaintiffs allege the company has known about the risk for more than 30 years.

Approximately 1700 talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson are currently pending. For more information, visit our talcum powder and ovarian cancer lawsuits page.

The Ruth Law Team is currently representing women diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes over extended periods of time. For a free case evaluation, please call us at 1-888-783-8378. Your call is always free and completely confidential.