By Susan Engstrom
A California jury has awarded $417 million to a woman after finding a link between her ovarian cancer and the Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder she had used for several decades, according to a press release issued by Beasley Allen, one of the law firms representing her (Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Cases, No. JCCP4872, August 21, 2017).
In the release, the firm said that according to a videotaped deposition played for the jury, the 63-year-old woman started using the baby powder for feminine hygiene purposes when she was 11 years old, and stopped only in 2016 after seeing a news story about another woman with ovarian cancer who had used the product. The woman in this case testified that if Johnson & Johnson had put a warning label on the product, she would have stopped using it.
The jury award includes $347 million in punitive damages and $70 million in compensatory damages.
Attorneys: Allen Smith (The Smith Law Firm, PLLC), Mark Robinson (Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.), David Dearing (Beasley Allen Law Firm) and Michelle Parfitt (Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP) for Eva Echeverria. Bart Williams and Manuel (Proskauer Rose, LLP) for Johnson & Johnson.
Companies: Johnson & Johnson
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