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 damages awards.
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 212.566.1000 today!