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J&J to Pay $55 Million in Latest Talcum Powder Verdict

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Kathleen Becker1 year ago

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $55 million to a woman who developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talcum powder.

About the $55 Million Talcum Powder Verdict

Johnson & Jonson has been defeated twice in court in less than three months due to claims that the company’s talcum powder can cause cancer. Many more cases are gearing up.

According to CNN Money, Gloria Ristesurd, who used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder for more than 35 years, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011. She was awarded $55 million in damages from a jury in St Louis on Monday.

According to Ristesurd’s lawsuit, Johnson & Jonson knew of the potential risks associated with talc but did not share that with consumers.  Johnson and & Johnson does have plans to try and appeal the verdict.

In February, a jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of Jackie Fox for her death relating to ovarian cancer back in 2015.

At least 50 plaintiffs have taken legal action against Johnson & Johnson; Johnson & Johnson could also face additional penalties.  

Important Information about Talcum Powder

Talc is a naturally occurring mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen and hydrogen. It is also used to absorb moisture in many different kinds of cosmetic products that stem from baby powder to make up.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, does classify talc as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”  Also, according to the American Cancer Society, it is not absolutely certain if products containing talcum present a cancer risk.

Products that contain talcum powder are classified as cosmetics, so they do not need to be reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Although, the products must be properly labeled and according to the FDA, “they must be safe for use by consumers under labeled or customary conditions of use.”


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