Last night, the fifth Missouri jury to consider whether Johnson & Johnson’s
talc powder caused the Plaintiff’s ovarian cancer returned a verdict
resoundingly answering that question in the affirmative. It awarded the
Plaintiff over $110,000,000, of which, $105,000,000 was punitive damages
intending to punish J&J for its deceitful conduct.
The Plaintiff was a resident of West Virginia that had used Johnson &
Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products for over 40
years. At the time of trial, she was battling Stage III(c) ovarian cancer
that had reoccurred and spread to her liver. Her case was chosen by the
Defense because it felt it had a strong argument that her ovarian cancer
was not caused by her use of talc powder. The entire defense centered
on that argument and little effort was made to challenge the Plaintiff’s
evidence that talc generally causes ovarian cancer.
This verdict followed a jury verdict in favor of J&J in March of 2017
and the dismissal of 200 cases in New Jersey by Judge Johnson, who ruled
that the Plaintiff’s scientific evidence was not sufficient to support
a finding that the genital use of talc causes ovarian cancer. That decision
is presently on appeal. The first three jury verdicts in St. Louis came
down in favor of the Plaintiffs and also included substantial punitive
If you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer after the use of
talc powder, it’s important to speak with a New York City injury lawyer about
your legal options. Contact our experienced and dedicated legal team at
Sullivan & Brill, LLP to discuss your case. There are no fees until
we secure compensation for our clients.
Call 646.741.3384 today!