Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $72 Million in Damages
Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $72 million for a cancer deaths that has been linked their talcum powders.
Details about the Talcum Powder Lawsuit
According to the Reuters News Agency, Johnson & Johnson has been ordered by a jury in Missouri to pay a settlement of $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer that was linked to her use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum-based Baby Powder.
The final verdict was announced late Monday evening, when the jury awarded the family of Jacqueline Fox $10 million in actual damages and another $62 million in punitive damages.
The company is facing claims that, in order to promote more sales, they withheld information and failed to warn consumers that their talcum-based powder could be linked to various cancer cases around the nation. Nearly 1000 cases have been filed in Missouri and another 200 in New Jersey.
The victim in this case claimed that she used the product for over 35 years for feminine hygiene before she was diagnosed three years ago with ovarian cancer. Fox died at the age of 62.
Johnson & Johnson Held Responible
The jury in the Missouri court found Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, conspiracy, and negligence, according to the family’s lawyers.
The Fox family lawyer also said that the company has known for a while about the risk and repeatedly lied and withheld information from federal regulatory agencies.
A spokeswoman from the company denied any wrongdoing from the organization, and further stated that there is no apparent danger from the extended use of the talcum powder.