Since the 1970s, concerns about Johnson & Johnson’s talc powder
have grown. Talcum powder is a substance made from a mineral consisting
of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Since the late 1800’s Johnson
& Johnson has been adding fragrance to it and marketing it to women
for genital use to absorb moisture in the skin and reduce friction. Studies
have provided increasing evidence that the product causes ovarian cancer
in women who use the powder regularly.
However, the company refuses to put warning labels on its product. Instead
of warning women, it continues to target women to increase sales. Six
juries in Missouri have heard the evidence against Johnson & Johnson
and five of them have found that its conduct warranted a significant award
of punitive damages. In the latest development, a California jury, awarded
a victim of ovarian cancer $417,000,000, over $300,000,000 of which was
Here’s what you need to know about the case:
Eva Echeverria, a 62-year-old woman, recently brought a lawsuit against
Johnson & Johnson. She claimed its talcum powder was responsible for
her ovarian cancer. Echeverria had started using the company’s talc
powder when she was 11 years old, and her diagnosis of ovarian cancer
occurred in 2007.
Johnson & Johnson, the biggest healthcare company in the world, had
been aware of concerns about its product for decades. However, it persisted
in selling talc powder without warning labels. The repeated use for many
years, according to Echeverria, led to the development of her ovarian
cancer. She sought to hold the company liable for failing to warn her
about the risks associated with its product, and for advertising talc
powder to women without disclosing the warnings.
The claim was filed with the California Superior Court of Los Angeles County.
The lawsuit is the first talcum powder case to go to trial in California.
The trial lasted 3 weeks, and the jury deliberated for two days before
making a final judgment.
The selection of the jury began on July 24, 2017, and the opening statements
began on July 26. The plaintiff presented arguments for 10 days and presented
evidence five experts. Afterwards, the defendant presented counter-arguments
for four days, offering testimony of four experts.
Echeverria claimed her use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc powder
had led to her cancer. The jury found the company, as well as Johnson
& Johnson Consumer Inc., liable for her illness. It ordered the company
to pay Echeverria a total of $417 million in compensation, including $347
million in punitive damages.
Johnson & Johnson currently faces 5,500 claims in U.S. courts regarding
use of its talc powder, and a spokesperson said it would appeal the court’s
decision. The company claimed there was not enough evidence to prove that
its talc powder caused Echeverria’s ovarian cancer. Nonetheless,
the jury found the company liable and determined to hold it responsible
for the negative health effects of its product and for its irresponsible
Call Our New York City Talc Powder Lawsuit Attorneys Today at (646) 741-3884
At Sullivan & Brill, LLP, we are dedicated to providing passionate
legal assistance. If you have suffered from cancer caused by talc powder,
our firm can represent you in court. We can build your case, discuss your
options, and work hard to hold Johnson & Johnson, and other companies,
responsible for failing to warn consumers about hazardous healthcare products.
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