Jury Awards $4.7 BILLION In Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Case
On July 12, 2018, a jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families after the women developed ovarian cancer from asbestos in the baby powder. The Missouri jury’s verdict is comprised of $4.14 billion in punitive damages (to punish Johnson & Johnson, and to deter other companies from similar behavior), and $550 million in compensatory damages. The trial lasted for 6 weeks, and the jury decided on the huge punitive damage verdict in approximately 45 minutes. Of the plaintiffs, 6 of the women have died, one is undergoing chemotherapy, and the rest have been treated for cancer. Plaintiff’s counsel claimed that Johnson & Johnson spent 40 years covering up evidence of asbestos in some of its talcum-based products, and therefore did not warn consumers of the risks.
Unfortunately for consumers, companies often put their own profits over the safety of the public. This has been true in the IVC filter cases involving Bard, OptEase, and Cordis; it was true in the Dupuy and Stryker Hip cases; and it is now true in the Johnson & Johnson baby powder cases. The obvious question is: How would anyone know that the baby powder caused the problem? The pathology studies actually showed the powder/asbestos in the tissue.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have used Johnson & Johnson baby powder, contact us today. We can walk you through the process and advise you whether you may have a case.