Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Must Pay $110 Million in Latest Baby Powder Case

Posted May 06, 2017

"We are preparing for additional trials this year and we continue to defend the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder", J & J said. She alleged that J&J concealed the possibility that talc in its baby powder and Shower to Shower products can cause cancer.

Lois Slemp, 62, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, and the cancer has now spread to her liver, The Associated Press reported.

Thursday's jury decision comes after J&J scored a win in its talc litigation back in March, and after three previous defeats that cost the company almost $200 million.

"We don't care how many trials it takes", said James Onder, one of the trial attorneys, noting that his firm will continue to support those suing the companies "until Johnson & Johnson and Imerys stand up and do the right thing".

In May 2016, the corporation lost another case over talcum powder products allegedly leading to cancer when a jury awarded $55 million to the plaintiff.

Three previous St. Louis juries awarded a total of nearly $200 million to plaintiffs who made similar claims; those cases are under appeal.

But the company said it would appeal the verdict, citing a separate case that it won in March and two other dismissed cases that "further highlight the lack of credible scientific evidence behind plaintiffs' allegations".

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J&J faces trial in another talcum powder lawsuit in St. Louis next month, filed by the family of a former competitive figure skater who died of ovarian cancer.

Slemp claimed she developed cancer after four decades of using talc-containing products produced by J&J, including J&J's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder.

J&J's stock barely budged in pre-market trading Friday, falling 0.1% to $123.87. Also, the company clearly intends to keep fighting lawsuits alleging its iconic baby powder isn't safe, rather than settling suits at this point. They say the studies on it are inconclusive, adding that the studies that found asbestos-free talc is linked to cancer are biased and the other studies found no link.

In its natural form, talc can sometimes contain asbestos, which is known to cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled.

The biggest studies have found no link between talcum powder applied to the genitals and ovarian cancer.

The talc litigation consists of almost two dozen cases in Missouri state court, where more than 1,000 claims are pending.

Studies probing a connection between talc and ovarian cancer have returned mixed findings.