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Febuary 3, 2016: J&J Loses Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit, Pays $72 Million to Family of Deceased Talcum Powder User

J&J Loses Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

In February of 2016, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was ordered by a Missouri jury to pay $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer after decades of using J&J talcum powder products. Of that $72 million, the jury awarded the family, namely Marvin Salter, of the deceased, Jackie Fox, $10 million in damages, and the remaining $62 million in punitive damages against J&J.

Fox began her suit as part of a broader claim in the city of St. Louis Circuit Court involving nearly 60 people. After her death, Salter, her son, took over as plaintiff.


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The Ruling

This ruling supports the claim of many researchers, doctors, and consumer-protection organizations, that through repeated genital use, talc can make its way into the vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries; this talc can lodge itself into the ovaries, increasing the risk of ovarian cancer.

According to the Associated Press, Fox’s attorneys introduced into evidence a September 1997 internal memo from a Johnson & Johnson medical consultant suggesting that “anybody who denies [the] risks” between “hygienic” talc use and ovarian cancer will be publicly perceived in the same light as those who denied a link between smoking cigarettes and cancer: “denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.”

Ovarian Cancer Victims Seek Compensation from Talcum Powder Manufacturers

Consumers and attorneys nationwide are holding cosmetics manufacturers responsible for allegedly failing to include warnings of the ovarian cancer risk on the packaging of their talcum powder products in an effort to protect profits and boost sales. At this point, at least 1,200 cases are pending against J&J.

Visit our Talcum Powder Lawsuit Help site for more information.


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