Jury awards $70 million verdict to woman with ovarian cancer in third Missouri talcum powder trial

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by Eric Pearson

Johnson & Johnson and a talc supplier have been ordered to pay more than $70 million to a California woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after years of using the company’s talcum baby powder products. The verdict is the third consecutive trial defeat for Johnson & Johnson in the litigation over its talcum powder brands.

According to her lawsuit, Deborah Giannecchini used Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene for 40 years. Giannecchini was diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago. She has undergone surgery, radiation treatment, and chemotherapy to treat her cancer. Doctors say that she has an 80% chance of dying within the next two years as a result of her diagnosis.

Following a three week trial in Missouri, jurors ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $65 million in punitive damages, as well as about 90% of a $2.5 million award for medical expenses and pain and suffering. Imerys Talc America, the supplier of the talc used in Johnson & Johnson’s products, was ordered to pay $2.5 million in punitive damages.

In February of this year, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer after using the company’s talcum powder products. In May, a jury awarded $55 million in damages to a woman who underwent a hysterectomy after years of using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products for feminine hygiene.

Johnson & Johnson is currently facing about 1,700 talcum powder lawsuits in state and federal court by consumers who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In addition to the hundreds of lawsuits filed in Missouri, the company also faces about 300 lawsuits in California and another 200 cases in New Jersey state court. A number of lawsuits have also been filed in New Jersey federal court.

Johnson & Johnson is also facing claims filed by women who have been diagnosed with uterine cancer, also known as endometrial cancer. In June, the husband of an Illinois woman who died from uterine cancer linked to her use of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical giant. A California woman who was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2006 after years of using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products filed a lawsuit against the company in July.

Lawsuits Filed On Behalf of Talcum Powder Users Diagnosed With Ovarian or Uterine Cancers

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with ovarian cancer or uterine cancer after using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or other manufacturers of talcum powder products. The first step in taking legal action is to consult with a lawyer who can advise you regarding your legal rights and guide you through the process of filing a claim.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson are currently representing more than 150 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products. Our law firm has taken on some of the largest corporations in the world on behalf of our clients in cases involving dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, and other consumer products. Our firm believes that when consumers are injured by negligence – whether by a multinational corporation or a single individual – they should be entitle to have their legal interests represented in a court of law.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson has the financial resources to handle personal injury and product liability cases from start to finish. In many instances, our firm has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a case in order to take it to trial on behalf of our clients. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we are committed to achieving justice for our clients, whatever the cost.

For a free legal consultation to learn more about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or other talcum powder manufacturers, 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 about your case to get started.