Johnson & Johnson fined $417 million in talc cancer suit

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However, this "type of talc is not used in modern consumer products", writes ACS, like talcum and baby powder. At that time, she did not know that there were lawsuits and studies conducted linking Johnson & Johnson's product to cancer and shortly after, she stopped using the product. The lawsuit selected for California's first talc-ovarian cancer trial involved a 63-year-old woman who had used Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower talc-based powders for daily feminine hygiene since the age of 11.

Mark Robinson, a lawyer for plaintiff Eva Echeverria, said outside the courtroom that J&J should start warning women immediately about the risks of its talcum powder.

The verdict came after a St. Louis, Missouri jury in May awarded $110.5 million to a Virginia woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. The jury's award included $68 million in compensatory damages and $340 million in punitive damages.

According to Reuters, California jury verdict in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson's (NYSE: JNJ) talcum powder based products cause cancer and ended in the company paying $417 million to a California resident, who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson and Johnson's baby powder product.

The study went on to say, "In 2006, a meta-analysis of 21 studies reported an approximately 35 percent increase in risk with genital exposure to talc and an earlier meta-analysis had similar findings".

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Yes, it's a tenuous link but the US Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) warns there is enough evidence to show there is an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women exposed to asbestos. Combined with other cases in Missouri, it means that Johnson & Johnson is facing more than $720 million in verdicts related to talc litigation.

During the trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, her attorneys highlighted several studies published since the 1970s that suggest an association between long-term genital talc use and an increase risk of ovarian cancer. First off, there is a form of talc, which is a mineral primarily made up of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen, that's clearly carcinogenic due to asbestos, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

"We are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder", a J&J spokesperson told Bloomberg.

She had blamed her illness on her use of the company's talcum powder-containing products for more than 40 years.