Jury awards more than $70M to woman in baby powder lawsuit

Oct 29, 2016, 01:52

Both of those cases are being appealed as well. Lawyers representing her stated in the court that it is 80 percent likely that Deborah will die in the next two years, in spite of having chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. In the previous Missouri trials the company escaped all liability, but this time was stuck with a 10 percent share of Giannecchini's compensatory damages and a $2.5 million portion of the total punitive award.

It was the first time a jury had held Imerys, a Johnson & Johnson talc supplier, liable for damages.

The jurors came up with their verdict after three hours of deliberation. Talc is still widely used in other cosmetics.

"There's not enough money in the world to pay for fighting the cancer", she said at a news conference arranged by her lawyers. "It seemed like they didn't care".

Ms Giannecchini appeared overwhelmed by the verdict. "I've wanted this so badly".

"We will appeal today's verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder", Goodrich said.

Multiple sources confirmed to HarrisMartin that the verdict total was just over $70 million and was entered against all the remaining defendants, including Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc. Imerys had been cleared in the two prior St Louis trials, as well as in two claims dismissed in New Jersey, he said in a statement. Her attorney says talc was found in her ovarian tissue. Graham Colditz, a medical professor at Washington University in St. Louis, suffered from "multiple deficiencies, the most salient of which are the narrowness and shallowness of their scientific inquiries and the evidence upon which they rely".

This year, an estimated 22,280 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the US, according to the American Cancer Society, and about 14,240 will die. A New Jersey state court judge last month threw out two talc cases set for trial, finding inadequate scientific support for the claims.

About 2,000 women have filed suits against Johnson & Johnson over talcum powder's link to ovarian cancer.

If there were a true link, Dr. Hal C. Lawrence III says large studies that tracked women's health for years would have verified results of the smaller look-back ones.

Californian Deborah Giannecchini was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012.

Prior to the recent litigation, suspicions about the risks of talc were nearly unknown outside of the scientific community.

Johnson & Johnson makes and distributes hygiene products worldwide.

It was a jury verdict. "If this doesn't send a message to J&J to add a warning, I don't know what will".

And she was today awarded the mammoth sum by a court in St Louis in the U.S. state of Missouri.

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