J&J Loses Fourth Baby Powder Trial, Ordered To Pay $70 Million To Plaintiff
The fourth baby powder cancer lawsuit to go to trial resulted in another monumental win for plaintiffs. The jury found Johnson & Johnson (J&J) guilty of failing to warn consumers its products could cause ovarian cancer. The jury concluded the plaintiff’s long-term use of baby powder for feminine hygiene caused her ovarian cancer, and awarded her $70 million in damages. For the first time, J&J’s talc supplier, Imerys Talc America Inc., was also found guilty of failing to warn consumers and contributing to the development of cancer, and was ordered to pay $2.5 million of the $70 million award.
The trial began on October 4, 2017, and the plaintiff wasted no time introducing expert witness David C. Steinberg to the jury. Steinberg told the jury the company should have provided a warning label on talc as far back as 1982. He also walked the jury through more than 20 epidemiological studies that found a link between talc and ovarian cancer.
The stress of the trial began to show on J&J when lawyers for the company called for a mistrial motion just one week into proceedings. However, this motion was denied and the trial was allowed to continue. Lawyers for the company also tried to file a transfer motion, which would effectively stop the trial, but the judge also denied this.
Lawyers presented their closing arguments on October 27, 2016, and the jury took only three hours to deliberate. This verdict puts increasing pressure on J&J, which faces thousands of additional talcum powder lawsuits. The company will likely think twice before taking another case to trial, and might consider a global settlement for the remaining baby powder cases.
Previous Baby Powder Trials
The first baby powder cancer case went to trial in 2013. This landmark case laid the foundation for subsequent talcum powder claims, as a jury found J&J guilty of failing to warn consumers of the cancer risk associated with talc. Since this initial trial, two more cases have gone to trial, in February and May of 2016. Both juries also found J&J failed to warn consumers and awarded the plaintiffs millions in damages.
Blizzard & Nabers: Baby Powder Cancer Attorneys
Standing up to Johnson & Johnson may seem intimidating, but the attorneys at Blizzard & Nabers, LLP have done it successfully before and will do it again. If you or someone you loved used J&J’s baby powder or Shower-to-Shower products and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you could be entitled to compensation. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.