Talcum Powder Trial Yields $4.7 Billion in Damages Against J&J!

//Talcum Powder Trial Yields $4.7 Billion in Damages Against J&J!

Talcum Powder Trial Yields $4.7 Billion in Damages Against J&J!

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, July 12, 2018 ~ Johnson & Johnson, maker of Baby Powder, is facing its largest jury award yet, $4.7 Billion, most of it punitive damages, for causing cancer in 22 women.

It is a new record in the talcum powder litigation against Johnson & Johnson over its baby powder. A St. Louis jury delivered not just a $500 million in damages for the plaintiff, but added $4.14 billion, bringing the total verdict to $4.7 billion against J&J.

That amount is to be divided among 22 plaintiffs who all claimed their ovarian cancer resulted from the long-term use of talcum powder products made by J&J -Shower-to-Shower and Baby Powder.

The jury award amounts to about $25 million per plaintiff.

The women claim the powder contained asbestos and that J&J knew for 40 years of the risk of cancer but failed to warn users.

The trial took six weeks. Settling on a punitive damage amount took about 45 minutes to deliberate, said the attorney for the plaintiffs, Mark Lanier.

Won record talcum powder ovarian cancer case against J&J.

Mark Lanier, Lanier Law, Houston

Lanier told jurors that the company knew which lab to conduct talc tests to avoid finding the presence of any asbestos.

There are more than 9,000 plaintiffs waiting to have their day in court in this St. Louis, Missouri court.

Six of the plaintiffs in this case have died, while one was too ill to attend. The other women and relatives were in the courtroom.

J&J called the outcome “an unfair process” because 22 women’s cases were combined into a single group.  J&J says its baby powder does not contain the carcinogen, asbestos.

An appeal is expected with J&J citing multiple errors in the trial, reports the New York Times. 

The women included Imerys SA, in their complaint. That is the supplier of the raw talc to J&J. It has reportedly agreed to a partial settlement.

Shower-to-Shower was sold to Valeant Pharmaceuticals in 2012 for$150 million, and Valeant asked JNJ to cover its lawsuits. One year ago, it was facing 33 lawsuits, reports Fierce Pharma.

Plaintiff attorneys tell jurors that the talcum powder travels to the ovaries where it incites inflammation and cancer.

Judges have been known to reduce punitive awards on appeal.

The trial was held in the Missouri Circuit Court for St. Louis City, the same venue for the trial of the late Jacqueline Fox, who was awarded $72 million and another for $55 million. Both verdicts were erased on appeal.

Eva Echeverria, awarded $417 for her terminal cancer

A Los Angeles jury awarded a woman $417 million before she died but that case was overturned in October 2017.

Plaintiffs have also successfully sued the company for mesothelioma and cancer after routine talc use.

J&J still has no warning on its baby powder and personal hygiene powders, unlike other powder makers whose label contains a warning about a possible link to ovarian cancer with extended use.

In 2016 the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation established MDL No. 2738 in New Jersey to consolidate the growing number of talcum powder/ovarian cancer cases from around the country.

This case was Ingham v Johnson & Johnson, 1522-CC10417, Circuit Court, City of St. Louis, Missouri.  ###

 

 

LEARN MORE:

MND, Latest $417 Million Case Against J&J Tossed, October 21, 2017
https://www.meshmedicaldevicenewsdesk.com/latest-417-million-jj-talc-case-tossed/

MND, $72 Million Talc Case Tossed on Appeal, October 18, 2017
https://www.meshmedicaldevicenewsdesk.com/72-million-talc-case-tossed-appeal/

MND, SCOTUS Decision Forces Talc PL out of MO Court, September 20, 2017
https://www.meshmedicaldevicenewsdesk.com/supreme-court-decision-forces-talc-plaintiffs-mo-court/

CVN on Herford Trial
http://blog.cvn.com/breaking-jj-scores-1st-trial-victory-over-claims-its-talc-products-cause-mesothelioma

Post Courier report on Talcum Powder/Cancer Link
https://www.meshmedicaldevicenewsdesk.com/post-courier-excellent-reporting-on-talcum-power-cancer-link/

J&J Cleared of Mesothelioma Claim in Talc Trial
https://www.meshmedicaldevicenewsdesk.com/jj-cleared-mesothelioma-claim-talc-trial/

New York Times, Editorial, Does Industry Care?
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/opinion/editorials/johnson-johnson-baby-powder-talc.html

Mesh News Desk, September 5, 2016, Where is Talc Mined?
https://www.meshmedicaldevicenewsdesk.com/jj-talc-mined/

 

 

By | 2018-07-17T13:47:08+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Media Reports|7 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.

7 Comments

  1. Pat July 13, 2018 at 6:51 am - Reply

    My sister died from ovarian cancer and my Mother died from vulvar cancer.Both used Shower to Shower powder.I have no doubt that paid a role in their disease.

    • Jane Akre July 13, 2018 at 11:50 am - Reply

      I’m so sorry….. have you inquired about a lawsuit? More difficult when the person has passed I imagine.

  2. Pat July 13, 2018 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    I can’t imagine it could even be filed.My sister fought it for 7 years and developed sarcoma tumors in her last year and succumbed to it.My Mother lived less than a year after a very radical surgery.She was legally blind which in a way was a blessing.The surgery mutilated her horribly and I am glad she couldn’t the hoge gaping hole where her vagina had been

    • Jane Akre July 13, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      One has to wonder how many women never file lawsuits but had used talcum powder for years….. I’m so sorry.

  3. Michelle McInally July 13, 2018 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    My Mother died from Ovarin cancer 15 years ago the doctor then asked if our mother used j&j powder back then. My mother used every day. I hope all that have claims in get something for the pain and anguish that it has cause them, as i know nursing my mother it not a nice way to go.

  4. Michelle McInally July 13, 2018 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    My Mother died from Ovarin cancer 15 years ago the doctor then asked if our mother used j&j powder back then. My mother used every day. I hope all that have claims in get something for the pain and anguish that it has cause them, as i know nursing my mother it not a nice way to go.

  5. Mimiboops July 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    4.7 billion / 22 Plaintiffs = $213,636,363.636 per Plaintiff!

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