CA woman awarded $417 in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder case

by Jared Lewis August 23, 2017, 0:46
CA woman awarded $417 in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder case

"We are grateful for the jury's verdict on this matter and that Eva Echeverria was able to have her day in court", said Mark Robinson, one of her attorneys, who accused Johnson & Johnson of "covering up the truth for so many years".

A jury in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County ruled against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit associating ovarian cancer to talcum powder, reports The New York Times.

A California woman has won $417 million from Johnson & Johnson after she filed a lawsuit claiming that the company's famous baby powder gave her ovarian cancer.

The 63-year-old woman used J&J's products for decades before she developed terminal ovarian cancer.

J&J argues that while it feels very sorry for the people who contracted ovarian cancer, scientific studies support its talcum powder's safety.

Speaking after the verdict, Echeverria's lawyer said his client hoped her court win would compel Johnson & Johnson to clearly label their talc products with health warnings.

He also said, "She really didn't want sympathy".

Nevertheless, juries continue to side with the sufferers of ovarian cancers who blame the company's talcum-containing products.

Johnson & Johnson immediately announced it would seek to overturn the verdict.

Echeverria alleged in her lawsuit that she developed the cancer "as a direct and proximate result of the unreasonably risky and defective nature of talcum powder", ABC News reports. Six other women joined her lawsuit.

Previously, there were only about 300 talcum powder claims in Los Angeles-far fewer than the thousands pending in Missouri-but this number is expected to skyrocket after Monday's guilty verdict. She died in October 2015 - but her surviving family was awarded $72 million in damages in February 2016.

There have been several cases in the past as well where women have complained that they developed cancer after they used the firm's products to address concerns about vaginal odour and moisture. The crux of the suits is that the company deliberately ignored studies that had linked its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products to cancer.

But scientists have hypothesized that talc might lead to cancer because the crystals can move up the genitourinary tract into the peritoneal cavity, where the ovaries are, and may set off inflammation, which is believed to play an important role in the development of ovarian cancer. She said she had used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products since the 1950s.

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