25 February 2016

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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $72 million for cancer death linked to Baby powder

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $72 million for cancer death linked to Baby powder
A St. Louis jury has awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who sued Johnson & Johnson claiming she developed terminal ovarian cancer after using its baby powder and other products containing talcum.

Jurors in the circuit court of St. Louis found Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy, the family's lawyers said. Deliberations lasted four hours, following a three-week trial.

Jacqueline Fox claimed in her complaint that she used Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years before being diagnosed three years ago with ovarian cancer.

Jacqueline Fox, 62, died in October 2015 from ovarian cancer caused by her using Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades.

The civil suit by Jacqueline Salter Fox, of Birmingham, was part of a broader Missouri claim involving nearly 60 people. Her son Marvin took over as plaintiff following his mother's death.

The verdict in favor of Jacqueline Fox was for $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages. About half the punitive damages would go toward the Missouri Crime Victim Compensation Fund

It is the first verdict to award damages in a string of allegations over cancer risks relating to talc-based products.

Around 1,000 cases of cancer linked to Johnson & Johnson talc products have been filed in Missouri and another 200 in New Jersey.

Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson claim that in an effort to boost sales, the pharmaceutical giant failed for decades to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer.

Dailymail reported that in October 2013, a federal jury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, found that plaintiff Deane Berg's use of Johnson & Johnson's body powder products was a factor in her developing ovarian cancer at age 49. Nevertheless, it awarded no damages, court records show.

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