Her name was Jackie Fox, and she used Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower for feminine hygiene care for more than 35 years. Ovarian cancer led to her death this past October. Ms. Fox was only 62 years old.
After her death, her family continued the lawsuit on her behalf claiming the use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products likely caused the cancer which claimed their family member’s life. Their grief was in losing a loved one. Their outrage was fueled by the allegations that the manufacturer has known for decades of the dangerous link between its products and cancer yet failed to warn consumers in order to protect profits. This February, 2016, after hearing three weeks of evidence presented in trial, the jury apparently agreed with the family. After deliberating for only four hours, they decided Johnson & Johnson should pay $10 million of actual damages and $62 million of punitive damages.
Understanding the Award:
Actual Damages – These may include economic losses (loss of earnings & medical expenses) and general damages (pain & suffering, emotional distress).
Punitive Damages – Large awards like this are generally awarded by jurors when the actions of the defendant (the party being sued) are deemed to be grossly and willfully negligent. Such large awards are referred to as “sending a message” to the defendant that such behavior will not be tolerated without being punished.
What happens now?
Johnson & Johnson will most likely appeal the verdict. This means there will be further legal deliberations until the verdict is deemed to stand with no further court options being sought.
However, because there have been many other lawsuits (over 1200 and counting) filed already, there’s also the probability Johnson & Johnson will decide it’s in their best interest to resolve all cases with some type of settlement option. The advantage of this would be the end of a possible public relations nightmare and also a very costly legal battle.
How Does This Impact You?
- If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had used either Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower for a significant amount of time, you should immediately call and speak with one of our experienced attorneys to learn more about how to protect your right to possible significant financial compensation. Simply click here for more information or call us at 1-888-783-8378. We are accepting cases nationwide.
- You should give serious consideration to the products you use for either your personal hygiene or care of an infant child. There are many cornstarch-based products which are deemed by many to be safer, but please be sure to read the ingredients label carefully, and check with your physician or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Clever marketing should never be the deciding factor in your purchases. Instead, rely on thorough research and careful determination to understand what goes into or onto your body.
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