Johnson & Johnson corporation has lost a lawsuit that linked one of its classic products, the Johnson & Johnson baby powder, to cancer.
A California court ruled in favor of plaintiff Eva Echeverria, who claims that J&J failed to warn consumers about the cancer risks of talcum powder, the main ingredient of its baby powder. The verdict is just one of the many rulings against J&J, which is widely used by adults and infants alike around the world.
J&J spokeswoman Carol Goodrich announced that the company will appeal the decision, claiming that they have evidence that supports the safety of the baby powder.
LA jury awards record $417mn in lawsuit linking J&J baby powder to cancerA jury in Los Angeles, California, has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a woman who claimed the talc in the company’s iconic baby powder caused her ovarian cancer.
The verdict follows a series of court rulings against J&J over the product.
The plaintiff, Eva Echeverria, alleged that J&J had failed to adequately warn consumers about its talcum powder’s potential cancer risks when used for feminine hygiene.
Echeverria had used the baby powder on a daily basis since the 1950s until two years ago, according to court papers.
She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. Her lawsuit said she developed the cancer as a “proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder.”
“Mrs. Echeverria is dying from this ovarian cancer and she said to me all she wanted to do was to help the other women throughout the whole country who have ovarian cancer for using Johnson & Johnson for 20 and 30 years,” her attorney Mark Robinson said.
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