Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $110 million to woman who developed cancer from using their talc baby powder

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Vicki Batts
May 9, 2017

Talc-containing powders have been used for decades for a variety of cosmetic purposes. You can find talc in baby powder, eye makeup and other products with relative ease, but is it really safe? Recently, a 62-year-old woman who had been using Johnson & Johnson products for roughly forty years developed cancer from the ingredient.

Lois Slemp, who resides in the state of Virginia, developed ovarian cancer from her near-daily use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and their Shower To Shower product — both of which contain talc. Slemp was initially diagnosed in 2012, but her cancer has since returned and spread to her liver. Reports say that she is now being treated with chemotherapy.

Recently, a St. Louis court ruled in favor of Slemp, and awarded her a record-setting $110.5 million. The Missouri court concluded that Johnson & Johnson was 99 percent at fault, while their talc supplier, Imerys, was held just one percent of the blame.

In addition to the $4.5 million in compensatory damages, Johnson and Johnson has been ordered to pay an additional $105 million in punitive damages, while Imerys will pay out $50,000 to Ms. Slemp.

Sadly, Slemp is not the only person to be harmed by the company’s baby powder or other talc-containing products. Three other St. Louis juries have awarded a total of $197 million in damages to plaintiffs with similar complaints. Despite Johnson and Johnson’s claim to fame as “the world’s largest healthcare group,” lawyers say that the corporation failed to accurately warn consumers about the risks posed by the talc in their products. In fact, the company has faced thousands of lawsuits for allegedly ignoring studies that linked its baby powder and Shower To Shower products with ovarian cancer.

So far, at least 2,000 women have filed lawsuits over similar concerns about the ramifications of using Johnson & Johnson baby powder or other talc-containing products. Several other women have developed cancer as a result of using J&J’s baby powder or Shower To Shower. After years of using baby powder, Deborah Giannecchini from California was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 as well. She was recently awarded $70 million in damages.

In early 2016, the family of Jaqueline Fox was also awarded $72 million in damages after a jury concluded that her daily use of talc-containing powder contributed to her cancer and subsequent death. Fox had reportedly been using the product for approximately 50 years. Fox’s son, Marvin, stated that the company should have made consumers aware of the risk.

“It has to be safe. It’s put on babies. It’s been around forever. Why haven’t we heard about any ill effects? People were using something they thought was perfectly safe. And it isn’t. At least give people the choice. J & J didn’t give people a choice,” he reportedly commented.

In spite of the mounting lawsuits and consistently being found at fault, Johnson & Johnson has continued to maintain their innocence, and stated that they would be preparing to appeal and dispute the evidence. “We are preparing for additional trials this year and we continue to defend the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder,” the company said.

Evidence has shown that talc can increase the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers by about 30 percent. While some experts say that it’s just a “small increase for a rare cancer,” why take the risk? There are plenty of alternatives, which many manufacturers are turning to. Cornstarch, silk powder and finely milled oats are some options to be on the look out for when purchasing a talc-free powder.

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Jury: Johnson & Johnson Failed To Warn of Talc Powder-Cancer Risk

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Julie Fidler
May 12, 2016

On May 2, Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a U.S. jury to pay $55 million to a woman who had alleged the company’s talcum-powder products, which she had used for feminine hygiene, caused her ovarian cancer. It is the 2nd straight time the company lost a verdict.

Johnson & Johnson is currently facing about 1,200 lawsuits accusing it of failing to warn consumers about the cancer risks associated with its talc-based products.

The first time the healthcare products company lost a verdict was in February, when a jury ordered J&J to pay $72 million in damages to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer allegedly caused by using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and other projects that contained talc for feminine hygiene.

In the current case, jurors deliberated for about a day following a 3-week trial in Missouri state court. They decided to award the plaintiff, Gloria Ristesund, $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.

The company plans to appeal, said Carol Goodrich, a Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman, and will continue to defend its talc-containing products.

Ristesund testified that she had used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products on her genitals for decades. Her lawyers stated that Ristesund was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had to undergo a hysterectomy and related surgeries. Fortunately, her cancer is now in remission. [1]

The latest verdict is more significant because it appeared that the facts backed Johnson & Johnson’s claims that its talc-based products did not cause Ristesund’s cancer. Evidence in the case showed Ristesund had suffered from endometriosis and was overweight, both conditions that have been linked to ovarian cancer. Furthermore, Ristesund’s cancer has not returned since undergoing surgery in 2011. Jurors are sometimes more sympathetic towards victims who are terminally ill, or who have died.

The 9 women and 3 men on the jury found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Cos., Inc, guilty of negligence and failure to warn about the risks of using talc-based products on the genitals for personal hygiene. However, the jury dismissed an additional claim that the companies had conspired to provide misleading scientific and medical information. J&J’s co-defendant and talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, Inc., was absolved of liability, as it also was in the 1st case. [2]

One jury in the $55 million case stated that Johnson & Johnson’s internal memos “pretty much sealed my opinion.” He added:

“They tried to cover up and influence the boards that regulate cosmetics. They could have at least put a warning label on the box but they didn’t. They did nothing.”

A Little Bit About Talc

Talc is a mineral mined in China that is composed of magnesium and silicon. It has long been associated with lung cancer in workers who mine the substance, but it’s not clear if talc itself causes lung cancer. This is because pure talc sometimes contains asbestos, as the 2 are mined in close proximity of each other.

As a powder, talc effectively absorbs moisture and reduces friction. Women often apply talcum powder to their genitals and to sanitary pads for these reasons. A 2016 study published in Epidemiology showed a correlation between increased risk of ovarian cancer in women who regularly used talc-based powder on their genitals.

For that study, researchers asked 2,041 women with ovarian cancer and 2,100 similar women without ovarian cancer about their talcum powder use. Those who said they regularly applied talc to the genital area, feminine products, and underwear were at 33% increased risk of ovarian cancer. However, the women who used talc were also “more likely to be older, heavier, asthma sufferers, and regular analgesic users.”

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Johnson & Johnson sued for failure to alert customers over baby powder, cancer link

Source: RT
April 8, 2016

What could be more harmless than baby powder? Quite a few products on the shelves, as it turns out. The latest lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claims the company’s failed to warn women of a link between talcum powder products and ovarian cancer. RT America’s Anya Parampil reports.

Bombshell Lawsuit Links J&J’s Baby Powder to Cancer

J&J To Pay $72 Million For Cancer Death Linked To Talcum Powder

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Barbara Minton
March 7, 2016

jury in St. Louis has ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay damages of $72 million to the family of a woman dead from ovarian cancer following her prolonged use of their personal care products containing talcum powder.

This class-action suit is one of two filed in 2014, both of which claimed the use of J&J’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products were responsible for giving women ovarian cancer.

The action came just a year after a South Dakota woman’s claim that J&J was negligent because it failed to issue a warning of the dangers of these products during the 30 years she used them. She was also diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The suits highlight J&J’s failure to act responsibly in warning its customers about the inherent danger of products containing talcum powder.

The verdict brings the first award by a U.S. jury from the claims against these consumer products. Twelve hundred more cases have already been filed, and many more will likely follow, alleging that the company kept silent about information revealing that talc-based products could ignite cancer, in an effort to safeguard their bottom line.

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