$417 Million Verdict in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit


$417 Million Verdict in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit

The jury found that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn users of the cancer risks of the talc in its baby powder. In fact, the company has been facing thousands of such suits, that too for a long time.

The woman, Eva Echeverria, who has claimed to have been using the company's products since she was 11 and had used them till 2016, has been diagnosed with terminal stage of ovarian cancer, a news report said.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified talcum powder as a possible human carcinogen if used in the female genital area, but no USA agencies have removed talcum powder from the market or added warnings, according to the Times. And their blood test shows ovarian cancer early.

Mrs. Echeverria developed ovarian cancer as a "proximate result of the unreasonably unsafe and defective nature of talcum powder", she said in her lawsuit. And most of the studies haven't been created to prove a cause-and-effect relationship between talcum powder exposure and cancer, the newspaper reported. Echeverria's lawyers said that J&J encouraged women to use the product, despite knowing about studies linking talc and ovarian cancer.

Legal experts say the recent $417M awarded to a woman in a California district court against Johnson & Johnson (JNJ -1%) suggests forum-shopping, meaning plaintiffs seek to file cases in favorable jurisdictions.

Talc, a clay mineral found around the world, is often used in powder form as a moisture-absorbing product and sold as talcum powder.

Johnson & Johnson has lost four of five previous cases tried before juries in Missouri, which have led to more than $300m in penalties.

The vast majority of those lawsuits are still pending, but juries in Missouri previously awarded tens of millions of dollars to three plaintiffs. But, "we will appeal [the Los Angeles] verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder". It is must that it should be a warning label on the product for the safety of the public because cancer is not the small disease. J&J, which faces 5,500 claims in USA courts, has lost four previous jury verdicts in St Louis for a total of $300 million. "There's a problem all over the country with women using talcum powder on a daily basis for 10, 20, 30, 40 years".