Jury Awards J&J Talc Plaintiff $110 Million

//Jury Awards J&J Talc Plaintiff $110 Million

Jury Awards J&J Talc Plaintiff $110 Million

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 5, 2017 ~ The hits just keep on coming for pharmaceutical and healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J). 

On Thursday the company lost another talcum powder trial after the jury listened to evidence linking use of the company’s baby powder and Shower-to-Shower powder to ovarian cancer.

This is the largest award so far in talcum powder litigation – $110 million awarded by a Missouri jury to a Virginia woman.

The award includes $5.4 in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages, intended to send a message to the company.

There have been a number of defective product trials over the talc-cancer link in St. Louis with a total of $197 million in verdicts amid the 2,400 lawsuits filed.

All accuse the company of manufacturing and marketing a defective product and not adequately warning the public about the cancer risk.

Juries listen to evidence presented by both sides before rendering their verdict.

The plaintiff, Lois Slemp, is currently undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer diagnosed in 2012 spread to her liver, reports CBS News.

The plaintiffs believe that the talc supplied by Imerys Talc can migrate in the body to cause ovarian cancer after long-term use. In Slemp’s case, she used Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower for four decades.

See MND on Where is Talc Mined here.

Imerys is facing a damage award in the Slemp case of one percent or $50,000 among the award.

“Once again we’ve shown that these companies ignored the scientific evidence and continue to deny their responsibilities to the women of America,” Ted Meadows, a lawyer for Slemp and other plaintiffs, said in a statement.

Jacqueline Fox, National Law Journal, Feb. 2016

In February 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after use of J&J’s talcum powder.

See MND story here.

Three month later another jury awarded $55 million to a woman who had also developed cancer.  That same month a third jury issued a $70 million verdict against J&J and Imerys.

In March, a Missouri jury sided with J&J, in its first trial win over the talc-cancer link.

At the recent J&J Shareholder’s meeting one woman in the audience asked if the company would be getting “meaner lawyers” to fight the talc litigation.

In a company statement on the verdict, J&J says it is deeply sympathetic with women impacted by ovarian cancer, but:

“We will begin the appeals process following today’s verdict and believe a jury decision in our favor in St. Louis in March and the dismissal of two cases in New Jersey in September 2016 by a state court judge who ruled that plaintiffs’ scientific experts could not adequately support their theories that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer, further highlight the lack of credible scientific evidence behind plaintiffs’ allegations. We are preparing for additional trials this year and we will continue to defend the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.” – Carol Goodrich, Global Media Relations, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.

In a J&J video about talc, Tara Glasgow, VP of Research & Development, Baby and Scientific Engagement, who leads the development of J&J baby products worldwide says,  “Nothing is more important to those of us at Johnson & Johnson than knowing our products are safe.”



J&J talcum powder at factsabouttalc.com.

J&J see: 4 Important Facts About the Safety of Talc

Here’s a J&J video from last October to learn about the Safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder



By | 2017-11-30T15:31:21+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Featured|9 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. Jimmy May 5, 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    How much longer can they seriously fight these cases before it becomes a better business move to settle these cases out of the public eye and save what’s left of your business. I just truly cant believe this has gotten to this point

  2. Kitty May 5, 2017 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    I don’t understand how they can say that it was J and J. How do people keep receipts?. There were other companies that produced talc.

    • Jane Akre May 5, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      JNJ makes baby powder and shower to shower.

      • Kitty May 6, 2017 at 6:59 am - Reply

        I understand that Jane but so does cashmere bouquet and Cheatham company which is Gold Bond powder they still have tail there were other talcum powder company also there were other talc powders from various beauty company such as Estee Lauder and Dante how do they know it was J&J not that I’m sticking up for them or anything but I’m just kinda curious how they come to that

        • Jane Akre May 6, 2017 at 8:39 am - Reply

          Gotcha. I guess they determined they bought the same brand year after year. You know the defense explored that very same question.

          • Advocate May 8, 2017 at 9:06 am

            You would be surprised at the ways we are able to establish the purchases. Point cards and award bonus programs are just one of many ways currently assisting clients in supporting documents.

  3. Kitty May 8, 2017 at 11:32 am - Reply

    I never thought of it that way that does make sense but what about the women that don’t have their receipts so it’s pretty sad really

  4. Ann o umus May 8, 2017 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Glad these ladies got settled for talc. But i M like previous comment how can they prove they used the same product for years.. also most of us have been filed for mesh since 2010, and still waiting…and this powder cases just started a couple years back and they are getting better results than us

  5. anon May 9, 2017 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Well they sold this stuff and we were the companies cash cows. 2$ product investments made the company billions. Selling baby powder not a huge profit but also it may cause cancer but the number is much much lower in the number of women affected. So now these companies are up against a huge liability due to the shear number of women . They knew these products were bad but they wanted those 21Million dollar a year bonuses for pushing there crap on Dr and unsuspecting public. Even after I had mine partially removed in severe pain I had severe incontence. The doctor acted shocked that I came out of surgery were he cut a small piece of mesh that eroded through with severe incontinance. He wanted to go in and place another on top of the prolift and TVT saying it was the gold standard. These doctors are brainwashed. Of coarse by then I was smart enough to know what it had done to me. Severe pain infections lack of intimacy so I flat told him no. He tried to talk me into it but no way. Anyway there is a huge line of women waiting for justice. These should be put to trial in large large waves so we all see some juctice eventually. no less than 100 at a time and every couple weeks. That is the only way we all will ever recieve justice.

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