October 28, 2016 — $70 million has been awarded to a woman who sued Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn that baby powder causes ovarian cancer.
The woman, Deborah Giannecchini, is a secretary from California. She says she used Johnson’s Baby Powder on her genitals from 1967 until 2012, when she was diagnosed with stage-4 ovarian cancer.
In 2014, she filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America Inc. Her case was selected for the 3rd trial in St. Louis Circuit Court — just months after two other juries awarded $72 million and $55 million to two women in similar lawsuits.
The one-month trial began on September 26 and ended last night. After three hours of deliberations, jurors awarded Giannecchini $2.5 million for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
The jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay her $65 million in punitive damages. Lawyers immediately said they would appeal, citing two cases in New Jersey that were dismissed due to a lack of evidence.
Imerys Talc America was ordered to pay $2.5 million, which is notable because the company escaped liability in the last two trials. Imerys has labeled its talcum powder as “possibly carcinogenic” since 2006. Those warnings are not currently included on any talc products sold by Johnson & Johnson.
The lawsuit was filed in the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of the State of Missouri — In Re: Giannecchini v. Johnson & Johnson et al. — Case No. 1422-CC09012-01.
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