Ovarian cancer patient wins $525 million from J&J

Tabitha Dunn
August 23, 2017

In October 2016, Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, California, was awarded $70 million for the same claim.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified talcum powder as a possible human carcinogen if used in the female genital area, but no USA agencies have removed talcum powder from the market or added warnings, according to the Times.

In May, a Missouri jury awarded a Virginia woman 110.5 million USA dollars for a similar allegation, by then, three other Missouri juries had awarded a total of 197 million US dollars to plaintiffs who made similar claims.

Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said the company would appeal the latest verdict and was preparing for additional trials.

This is the largest sum of money that Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay as a result of a USA court verdict. In the lawsuit, she claimed that she suffered from ovarian cancer due to the proximate effect of the unknowingly unsafe and faulty nature of the baby powder.

A statement by Echeverria's attorney reads: "We are grateful for the jury's verdict on this matter and that Eva Echeverria was able to have her day in court".

She says that she developed cancer as a "proximate result of the unreasonably risky and defective nature of talcum powder".

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The award in California was the highest in a string of United States lawsuits brought by women claiming the company has not issued any warnings about supposed cancer risks.

He added: "She really didn't want sympathy".

Two similar cases in New Jersey were thrown out by a judge based on a lack of reliable evidence linking talc to ovarian cancer. This simple statistic could become the catalyst for another wave of suits, because black women are 50% more likely to have used talcum powder for feminine hygiene due to an increase in minority marketing by J&J during the 1990s. It has already suffered four defeats from verdicts in St. Louis totaling $300 million, Bloomberg reports.

Talc, a clay mineral found around the world, is often used in powder form as a moisture-absorbing product and sold as talcum powder.

The firm plans to appeal, as it has in previous cases.

The California woman, Eva Echeverria, had alleged that the company did not give adequate warning to its consumers about the potential cancer risks that the talcum powder may carry. "For over 100 years, Johnson & Johnson has provided consumers with a safe choice for cosmetic powder products and we will continue to work hard to exceed consumer expectations and evolving product preferences".

She cited the editorial board of the National Cancer Institute's Physician Data Query, which wrote in April that the "weight of evidence does not support" the existence of a link between ovarian cancer and exposure of the genital region to talc.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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