A Missouri state jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million of damages to the family of a woman who’s death from ovarian cancer was associated with her use of Shower to Shower and Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based Baby Powder over decades of time.
The verdict was announced late Monday night awarding the family of Jacqueline Fox $10 million of actual damages and $62 million of punitive damages.
It turns out that Johnson & Johnson failed to let their customers know for decades that their talc-based products could likely cause cancer and in the Missouri State Court alone, over 1,000 cases have been filed.
Fox died at the age of 62 in October and had been using Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower and baby powder for 35 years and three years ago was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
After lengthy deliberations following a three week trial, the family’s lawyer said that Johnson & Johnson were held liable for negligence, conspiracy and fraud.
On a conference call with journalists, a lawyer of the Fox’s family, Jere Beasley, said that Johnson & Johnson “knew as far back as the 1980s of the risk,” and yet resorted to “lying to the public, lying to the regulatory agencies.”
A spokeswoman of Johnson & Johnson, Carol Goodrich, said: “We have no higher responsibility than the health and safety of consumers, and we are disappointed with the outcome of the trial. We sympathize with the plaintiff’s family but firmly believe the safety of cosmetic talc is supported by decades of scientific evidence.”