Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $108 million in lawsuit linking talcum powder to deadly ovarian cancer.
An American jury has awarded more than NZ$100 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer and blamed it on Johnson & Johnson talcum powder.
The verdict comes despite some researchers saying there is insufficient evidence to prove the link between using talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
The woman Jacqueline Fox passed away last year but her voice recently came alive in a St. Louis courtroom.
In an audio deposition the Birmingham Alabama native who died at 62 recounted 35 years of using Johnson & Johnson products containing talcum powder – from the pharmaceutical giant’s trademark baby powder to its shower-to-shower body powder.
Fox had used them for ‘feminine hygiene’ – applying them in her genital area.
More than three years ago, she was diagnosed with an ovarian cancer that proved fatal.Fox then joined more than 1200 women from across the country suing Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn consumers of the dangers associated with talc – the mineral used in baby powder.
On Monday her case became the first in which monetary compensation was awarded.
A Missouri jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay Fox’s family about US$72 million (NZ$108 million) in actual and punitive damages.
One of Fox’s lead attorneys Jim Onder told the St Louis Post-Dispatch that US$31 million will go to the Missouri Crime Victim Compensation Fund.