Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has lost yet another jury trial over
talcum powder claims involving a woman that developed ovarian cancer after using the product
as directed. This marks the sixth loss for the company of such claims.
The jury awarded a total of $110 million to the plaintiff, Lois Slemp,
divided as $5.4 million for compensatory damages and another $105 million
in punitive damages to punish J&J for its negligence. An additional
$50,000 punitive damage liability was assigned to Imerys Talc America,
the company that provides J&J with its talcum powder. This is the
largest talc powder verdict result so far.
Slemp’s complaint was pushed to the front of a long queue of talc
powder lawsuits since her health is currently in decline. The ovarian
cancer she developed after using J&J talcum powder products for decades
has spread to her liver.
Despite a spokeswoman from J&J giving a statement of sympathy to women
across America with ovarian cancer, it was not a statement of liability.
The company is expected to try to appeal this verdict, fighting to have
it reversed or the award minimized. A spokeswoman for Imerys gave a more
pointed response that claimed plaintiff verdicts in talcum powder cases
actually hurt efforts to find a cure for ovarian cancer since, in her
opinion, talc powder is not a contributing factor of the disease.
The legal counsel representing Slemp in this latest case once again leaned
on the argument that J&J was willingly ignorant of the dangers talcum
powder create when used on genitalia, as the product claims is safe. There
was also a new argument brought to the courtroom: that the talc powder
supplied to J&J was laced with trace amounts of asbestos. It is not
clear if these claims can be substantiated.
Have you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson &
Johnson talcum powder as a product for feminine hygiene care? You might
have a talc powder claim of your own. Talk to Christian & Davis LLC
and our Greenville product liability attorneys today about your legal
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