$70 MILLION TALCUM POWDER JURY VERDICT IN ST. LOUIS MISSOURI

From: Levin Simes

The following appears on Levin Simes & Abrams web site.

Johnson and Johnson (J&J) lost another verdict regarding its failure to warn about the potential risk of ovarian cancer from talcum powder products. A St. Louis Missouri jury awarded Deborah Giannecchini $2.5 million from J&J in pain and suffering, another $2.5 million from co-defendant Imerys Talc America, and ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay an additional $65 million in punitive damages.

This is not the first verdict against Johnson & Johnson for ovarian cancer. J&J previously had verdicts of $55 million and $72 million against it for hiding the risk of ovarian cancer.

The Plaintiff:

The plaintiff Deborah Giannecchini stated in court she had used talcum powder for feminine hygiene for nearly half a century. Three years prior to trial she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, a rare disease that is difficult to find and treat early.  She has undergone chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to try and control the spread of her cancer.  Her doctors have given her an 80% chance of dying from ovarian cancer within the next two years.

Deborah had no knowledge of the potential cancer risks of using talcum powder in this fashion.

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