Talcum Powder Settlements
Thousands of women are pursuing lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, claiming that the talcum powder in several hygiene products causes ovarian cancer. So far, over 1,500 talcum powder lawsuits have been filed in St. Louis and New Jersey courts.
In 2016 alone, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay over $190 million to three women who were using the company’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products containing the talc mineral. And in the most recent verdict, a California woman was awarded a record $417 million. Continue reading to learn about these lawsuits.
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Feb. 2016: Jacqueline Fox, $72 Million Talcum Powder Lawsuit Settlement
In Fall 2015, Jacqueline Fox, an Alabama native, passed away from ovarian cancer after over 35 years of using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder containing the talc mineral. While studies have varied in linking asbestos-free talc to causing a fatal decease, Fox’s pathologist determined that her ovaries developed cancer from the talc powder. Fox filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in 2014, and two years later a Missouri jury awarded Fox’s family $10 million in compensatory and $62 million in punitive damages.
Johnson & Johnson is planning to appeal the jury’s verdict.
May 2016: Gloria Ristesund, $55 Million Talcum Powder Lawsuit Settlement
Gloria Ristesund from South Dakota used Johnson & Johnson’s popular talc-containing products on her pelvic area for multiple decades, without a fear of developing ovarian cancer. She has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, accusing the company of not properly warning its customers about potential health risks. In may 2016, Missouri state court awarded Ristesund with $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. Her cancer is now in remission.
A Johnson & Johnson spokesperson claimed that the jury’s verdict contradicts the scientific research proving the safety of talc cosmetic powder. The company plans to appeal the court’s decision.
Oct. 2016: Deborah Giannecchini, $70 Million Talcum Powder Lawsuit Settlement
In 2012, Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, California was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. She had used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder for over 40 years but did not consider that the talc in the Baby Powder could be cause of her cancer until her daughter saw a commercial about the talcum powder lawsuits.
During her cancer treatment, doctors had discovered talc in her ovaries. After learning about the link between talc and ovarian cancer, Giannecchini filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, accusing the company of negligent marketing of its talc products.
In October 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded $67.5 million in punitive damages and over $2.5 million in compensatory damages to Giannecchini.
May 2017: Lois Slemp, $110 Million Talcum Powder Lawsuit Settlement
Lois Slemp, of Virginia, has been using the company’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products daily for 40 years. She had filed a lawsuit against J&J after she developed ovarian cancer in 2012.
She was awarded $66 million from Johnson & Johsnon, $39 million from J&J Consumer and $50,000 from Imerys, J&J talc supplier, in punitive damages, as well as $5.4 million in compensatory damages and ascribed 99 percent of the fault to the two J&J entities and 1 percent of the fault to Imerys.
Aug. 2017: Eva Echeverria, $417 Million Talcum Powder Lawsuit Settlement
For over 6o years, Eva Echeverria from California used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder daily. In 2007, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. After learning about the potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, Echeverria filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, hoping the company would put additional warnings on its baby powder product to protect other women from cancer.
In August 2017, she was awarded $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages.
Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal the jury’s decision, stating that scientific evidence supports the safety of J&J’s baby powder.
Status of Future Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Four major cases tried in Missouri state courts ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, totaling more than $300 million. Johnson & Johnson has said that it will appeal these decisions.
In 2016 alone, Johnson and Johnson paid over $190 million in Talcum Powder Lawsuit awards
Also in 2016, in Johnson & Johnson’s home state of New Jersey, a judge recently dismissed two similar cases, ruling that the evidence linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer was not reliable.
Over 1,500 talcum powder lawsuits have been filed in St. Louis and New Jersey courts. The Missouri Supreme Court issued a ruling in January 2017 to allow the trials to continue in St. Louis courts, with the first trial scheduled for February 6.
Talcum powder lawsuits will also go to court in California. On January 30, 2017, a California stage judge scheduled the first talcum powder lawsuit trial for July 2017, which ended in August 2017 with a $417M verdict in favor of the plaintiff. Hundreds of other cases are awaiting trials in California court.
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Talcum powder lawsuits claim that companies like Johnson & Johnson knew about the risk of ovarian cancer from its talcum powder products yet did not warn consumers about these risks. By not adding a warning, the company put millions of women at an increased risk of a potentially deadly disease.
We are offering free legal consultations for anyone who developed ovarian cancer or cancer of the fallopian tubes after using products that contain talcum powder. Contact our talcum powder lawyers today for a free lawsuit evaluation.