Jury awards record-setting $110.5M in baby powder lawsuit

Jury awards record-setting $110.5M in baby powder lawsuit

Jury awards record-setting $110.5M in baby powder lawsuit

The jury also ordered Johnson & Johnson's talc powder supplier, Imerys, to pay a $100,000 fine. Johnson & Johnson's agreed to buy Guidant Corp, a defibrillator manufacturer for $25.4 billion.

Many of those lawsuits are pending in the state court in St. Louis, where the company has faced four prior trials, three of which resulted in verdicts awarding plaintiffs $US195 million in total.

The verdict came after J&J secured its first trial win in the Missouri litigation, when a jury in March sided with the company in a lawsuit by a Tennessee woman who said she developed cancer after using Baby Powder.

The plaintiff is Lois Slemp, 61, who had used Johnson & Johnson products for four decades before her cancer diagnosis in 2012. Another 200 individual suits are now pending in a federal multidistrict litigation proceeding in New Jersey, and about 350 lawsuits have been filed in state courts in California, New Jersey and Delaware. The company noted that two New Jersey cases were dismissed last September after a judge found scientific experts couldn't support the alleged cancer link.

"We are preparing for additional trials this year and we continue to defend the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder", Johnson & Johnson said in a statement.

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.

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"Lord knows, with the amount of powder that's been applied to babies' bottoms, we would've seen something", if talc caused cancer, said Lawrence, vice president of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Asbestos has been removed from household talcum products since the 1970s.

"I think the concern for the general population should be negligible, because there is no scientific proof of that", Xynos said. "Still, talc is widely used in many products, so it is important to determine if the increased risk is real".

United Kingdom charity Ovacome said that the worst case scenario of using talc is the increase of cancer by a third.

While there is liovarian cancer and baby powder usage for feminine hygiene, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies that particular usage as "possibly carcinogenic".

Numerous talc cases are in St. Louis, where J&J has argued the jury pool is tainted due to millions in ad spending by its opponents.

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