The verdict came after a six-week trial that argued how the company manufactured and sold talcum powder that caused cancer in its Shower to Shower and Baby Powder products. The jury awarded the women $550 million in compensatory damages and a $4.14 billion in punitive damages in June 2018.
The debate about whether or not talcum powder causes cancer has been circulating through courts for some time. The result of this case was that the women won the argument that talcum powder causes cancer.
Jurors endured listening to a battle of the sciences for over a month. In the 1970s, talc particles were found in ovarian and cervical tumor tissue of patients. Since then, experts have warned the public about using talcum powder near their genitals, a regimen that some women use for hygienic purposes.
The talcum powder lawyers said in a statement,
“For over 40 years, Johnson & Johnson has covered up the evidence of asbestos in their products.” He, among other lawyers representing the women and their families, argued that J&J should pull the products from shelves or at least carry a warning label.
But not all experts agree that talcum powder causes cancer. Johnson & Johnson said in a statement after the ruling it is confident their product does not contain asbestos or cause ovarian cancer. Some studies conclude that the powder “does not appear to influence ovarian cancer risk.”
In unrelated cases against the company, is that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products contain asbestos, a well-known carcinogen. Earlier this year, a New Jersey couple was awarded $117 after Stephen Lanzo successfully argued he contracted mesothelioma from inhalation of asbestos in Shower to Shower.
Across the country, there are numerous lawsuits lined up against the company. This will not be the last case against Johnson & Johnson as many more are pending.
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