Onder Law Wins Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial, Jury Orders Johnson & Johnson to Pay $72 Million in Damages for Cancer Linked to Talcum Powder
A State of Missouri jury awarded $72 million in damages in the case of Jacqueline Fox, who died last October of ovarian cancer. Jurors determined Ms. Fox's cancer was caused by her use of Johnson's Baby Powder over the course of 35 decades, finding J&J committed numerous acts of negligence and conspiracy.
February 23, 2016 (St. Louis, MO) – The Onder Law Firm announces a landslide verdict in the case of Jacqueline Fox in the City of St. Louis. A jury confirmed late Monday night that Ms. Fox's ovarian cancer was caused by her use of Johnson's talcum powder products for feminine hygiene. Johnson & Johnson will pay a total of $72 million, including $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages.
The jury's decision confirms what scientists have asserted for years, that talcum powder, when used for feminine hygiene, can cause ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson was found liable for numerous counts conspiracy and negligence, among other charges, for concealing the talcum powder cancer connection from consumers.
Jim Onder of The Onder Law Firm explained the vast implications of this groundbreaking ruling: "The message this sends resoundingly is that talcum powder does in fact cause ovarian cancer. All their internal documents show that they knew talc caused ovarian cancer, and actively undertook to hide the truth, not only from the governmental regulators but from the public." Ms. Fox's case is expected to serve as a bellwether for more than 1,200 additional talcum powder cancer cases pending in Missouri and New Jersey courts.
The Onder Law Firm is at the forefront of talcum powder lawsuit representation, representing more women against Johnson & Johnson in talcum powder cancer claims than any attorney group in the nation. Approximately 1,000 talcum powder lawsuits have been filed in Missouri. Each of these lawsuits was filed by a woman or the family members of a woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and has used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products including Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower. Some of these women have survived ovarian cancer or are currently undergoing treatment. Others, like Ms. Fox, have died as a result of ovarian cancer.
J&J internal company documents prove the company engaged in conspiracy to conceal the talcum powder cancer connection from consumers, according to the jury's ruling. Specifically, the company aimed to promote talcum powder products to black and Hispanic women, despite evidence that using talcum powder regularly increases a woman's risk of contracting ovarian cancer. Ms. Fox, who died in October of 2015, was black. Not only did the company fail to warn consumers, the jury found J&J officials had actively and deliberately promoted routine talcum powder use by women.
Johnson and Johnson is a trusted household name and American families have relied on its cosmetic and personal care products for decades. The largest producer of personal care products in the world, Johnson and Johnson has been revealed through this verdict as having chosen profits over human life. One of its marketing campaigns in the 1980s urged women, "A sprinkle a day keeps the odor away"; evidence produced in this case pins that slogan at the center of J&J's efforts to protect its leading product, encouraging regular talcum powder use rather than warning women of the potential for cancer.About The Onder Law Firm
Onder, Shelton, O'Leary & Peterson, LLC is a St. Louis based personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. Onder, Shelton, O'Leary & Peterson has represented clients throughout the United States, and other firms throughout the nation often seek its experience and expertise on complex litigation. It is a recognized leader in products liability cases such as window blind cord strangulation and pharmaceutical litigation.
No-Cost, No-Obligation Baby Powder Lawsuit Case Review for Persons or Families of Persons Who Developed Ovarian Cancer After a History of Perineal Baby Powder Use
Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC is a St. Louis personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. We have represented clients throughout the United States in complex pharmaceutical litigation such as Vioxx, Digitek, Ethex and others, and if you or a loved one has suffered from ovarian cancer we will discuss your situation and answer as many of your questions as possible without any fee or further obligation. Should you wish our firm to represent you in a baby powder cancer lawsuit, we never charge a fee unless we are able to collect for you.