In the third consecutive talcum powder trial, a St. Louis City jury award plaintiff Deborah Giannecchini $2.57 million in compensatory damages and 67.5 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and the Imerys Talc America defendants for their talc-containing personal hygiene product. Per the evidence, Ms. Giannecchini developed ovarian cancer after long term use of the talc product.
Giannecchini, 46, alleged J&J knew talc particles could travel up the fallopian tubes to the ovaries and cause cancer, but withheld the information from the public due to the popularity of brands like Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.
Per Bloomberg News:
The company should have provided a warning label on the product to let consumers decide whether to use talc, one juror Billie Ray, 76, of St. Louis, said after the trial. “It seemed like Johnson & Johnson didn’t pay attention,” she said. “It seemed like they didn’t care.”
Giannecchini appeared overwhelmed by the verdict. “I’ve waited for a long time for this,” she said. “I’ve wanted this so badly.”
This is the third substantial talc verdict against J&J this year alone with two other separate verdicts in the amount of $55 million and $72 million as well.
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