Johnson and Johnson Lawsuit

J&J Slammed With $417 Million Verdict in California Talc Cancer Trial

In her lawsuit, it had been stated that she developed ovarian cancer as a result of the "unreasonably risky and defective nature of talcum powder".

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay 417-million dollars in a talcum powder lawsuit in California.

The case was one of thousands of lawsuits brought nationwide alleging the company failed to warn consumers of the risk of cancer from talc in its products. The company won a trial in March but lost four others, leading to jury awards totaling more than $300 million that are now on appeal.

That no warnings were given was undisputed. Echeverria said that she used the product from the 1950s to 2016.

"We are guided by science, which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder", she added.

Goodrich said the company is preparing for additional trials in the United States and will continue to defend the product's safety. A seventh never went to a jury after the judge granted a mistrial.

Echeverria was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. In a tearful, video-taped deposition, Echeverria spoke of the family members she'd leave behind if she passed away.

Research on the matter is mixed, the ACS writes, and that studies are mostly observational, relying on women's recollection of application over many years. "So even if talc does increase the risk slightly, very few women who use talc will ever get ovarian cancer".

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Studies going back to 1971 have suggested this link exists.

The company has faced more than 1000 lawsuits of similar nature. Ms. Echeverria's own treating gynecologic oncologist testified that she believed talc was more likely than not the cause of her patient's cancer. Ovarian cancer strikes about one woman in 70.

The charity Ovacome says there is no definitive evidence and that the worst-case scenario is that using talc increases the risk of cancer by a third.

"My client's dying", Echeverria's lawyer said. There was "overwhelming evidence that they needed to warn and that their product was unsafe", Allen Smith, one of the lawyers, told jurors. The company's marketing slogan at the time - "A sprinkle a day keeps odor away" - revolutionized the uses of baby powder.

But in closing arguments this week, Smith said that J&J's refusal showed it had placed "corporate image over human life". But the studies on asbestos-free talc give contradictory results.

The evidence around any link between talc use and cancer is inconclusive. And most of the studies haven't been created to prove a cause-and-effect relationship between talcum powder exposure and cancer, the newspaper reported. "It's about establishing causation", he said.

The juries decision has been hotly anticipated after a recent court ruling stymied efforts to funnel out-of-state cases into the St. Louis court system. This marks the biggest payout Johnson & Johnson has had to shell out in a string of cases involving the same product.

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