J&J ordered to pay $4.69 billion in damages in lawsuit filed by 22 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products

by Jim Orr

Johnson & Johnson has been hit with a massive $4.69 billion verdict in a lawsuit filed over allegations that its talcum powder products cause ovarian cancer. The lawsuits – filed on behalf of 22 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using baby powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson – alleged that asbestos in the company’s talc brands caused ovarian cancer in women who used the products for feminine hygiene.

The Missouri jury who heard the women’s lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson ordered the pharmaceutical giant to pay $4.14 billion in punitive damages, as well as $550 million in compensatory damages. The punitive damages award against Johnson & Johnson is one of the largest ever awarded in a product liability lawsuit in the U.S., and the largest verdict so far in the numerous talcum powder lawsuits that have gone to trial.

Many of the 22 women who filed the lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson were on hand in the Missouri courtroom when the verdict was announced. Six of the 22 woman have died of ovarian cancer; one woman is currently undergoing chemotherapy and was too ill to attend the verdict.

Attorneys for the 22 women argued that Johnson & Johnson hid information about the link between the use of talcum powder products for feminine hygiene and an increased cancer risk for decades. The attorneys argued that Johnson & Johnson should either refocus its baby powder brands on cornstarch, or add a warning label highlighting the cancer risk associated with using talcum powder products.

J&J Faces 9,000 lawsuits over talc-cancer link

The first talcum powder verdict against Johnson & Johnson was issued in 2013, when a jury in South Dakota found that the company’s talc products caused a woman to develop ovarian cancer. Although the jury declined to award damages in the case, since then, Johnson & Johnson has been hit with a number of multimillion dollar verdicts over the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

In May 2016, a jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million to a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer and underwent a total hysterectomy after using baby powder for feminine hygiene. Later that year, the company was also ordered to pay $70 million to a woman from California diagnosed with ovarian cancer caused by her use of talcum powder. The following year, Johnson & Johnson was also ordered to pay $110 million in damages to a woman from Virginia who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer following years of using the company’s talc products.

Johnson & Johnson still faces more than 9,000 lawsuits linking its talcum powder products to an increased cancer risk, according to financial disclosures released by the company earlier this year. In addition to thousands of lawsuits linking talcum baby powder to an increased risk of ovarian cancer, the company is also facing lawsuits that allege that asbestos contamination of its talc brands can put consumers at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma cancer.

Talcum Baby Powder Lawsuits Filed by Our Law Firm

If you or a loved one used talc products sold by Johnson & Johnson or other companies and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma cancer after using talcum baby powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. The first step in finding out whether you qualify is to talk with an attorney to find out more about your legal rights.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson are representing more than 120 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products. In addition to these cases, our attorneys have also filed lawsuits against some of the largest corporations in the world. These lawsuits have included cases involving dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, and other hazardous consumer products. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we believe that when consumers are harmed as a result of negligence by a corporation or other parties, their rights should be fully represented in a court of law.

For more information about filing a talcum powder lawsuit and to learn more about whether you may qualify to file a case, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few brief questions to get started.

by Jim Orr

Jim Orr is a licensed attorney and a partner at HO&P focusing on business and personal injury litigation. Jim was selected multiple times to the Super Lawyers List and has tried 70+ cases to verdict.