J&J ordered to pay $110 million in U.S. talc-powder trial


Thursday's verdict in Missouri awarded $US5.4 million in compensatory damages and said JJ was 99 per cent at fault while talc supplier Imerys was one per cent to blame.

Johnson & Johnson released a statement following Slemp's win today, saying while they sympathised with ovarian cancer victims, they would appeal the decision.

"'We are preparing for additional trials this year and we will continue to defend the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder", said Carol Goodrich. Shockingly and on the contrary, there are more than 2500 lawsuits pending against the company regarding their popular products like the baby powder and the shower to shower talc and their associated risk of cancer.

Johnson & Johnson was previously ordered to pay a total of $197 million in three lawsuits past year against the company and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc. However, the jury in Missouri has found both Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America, which provides the product to the company, guilty and has ordered them to pay massive punitive damages.

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She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 after years of using baby powder.

That verdict broke a three-trial winning streak by plaintiffs that began with a verdict in February 2016 in which a jury awarded Dollars 72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer.

Johnson & Johnson is a leading consumer healthcare brand in India and leads in areas of feminine hygiene, facial skincare, wound care, cough and cold, oral care, among others, says the company website.

Both Goodrich and Myers cited the fact a New Jersey judge past year threw out testimony from key experts that have testified for plaintiffs in St. Louis about the supposed links between cancer and talc powder. "They chose to put profits over people, spending millions in efforts to manipulate scientific and regulatory scrutiny".

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The company faces trial in another talc claim in St. Louis city court next month, brought by the family of a former competitive figure skater who died of ovarian cancer.

It's not the first time the company has had to pay up since claims linking talcum powder and cancer emerged. The trial after that is set for July in Los Angeles.

According to WTAE, the Food & Drug Administration has said a "possible association" between talc use and ovarian cancer has been reported since the 1960s.

Company lawyer Orlando Richmond argued that Johnson & Johnson doesn't need to warn women about talc because there is no link.

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The case is Slemp v. Johnson & Johnson, 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri, No. 1422-CC09326-01.