Court Orders Johnson & Johnson to Pay $4.7 Billion in Baby Powder Lawsuit

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Defective products are the cause of thousands of injuries every year. This year, the leading brand of baby powder, Johnson & Johnson, has been held liable for the damages of 22 women and their families.

Johnson & Johnson Lawsuit

The St. Louis court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.69 billion because they failed to warn customers that their talcum powder products can lead to ovarian cancer. The jury awarded $500 million and later added $4.14 billion in punitive damages to the 22 women and their families who held Johnson & Johnson responsible for ovarian cancer cases. Out of the 22 women, 6 have died and one is undergoing chemotherapy.

Although Johnson & Johnson has allegedly spent 40 years covering up evidence of talcum products containing asbestos (toxic minerals), J&J is now facing more than 9,000 plaintiffs in cases involving baby and body powders with talc.

These punitive damages are amongst the largest ever awarded in a product liability case.

The Dangers of Talcum Powder

In the 1970s, asbestos was removed from all commercial talc products because of its toxicity. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no "safe" level of asbestos exposure. Although Johnson & Johnson claims their products are asbestos-free, studies show that the risk of ovarian cancer increases by 30% when women use talc-based powders over a long period of time.

Johnson & Johnson still don't put a warning of the risks on its product packaging.

Handler, Henning & Rosenberg Is Here to Protect Consumers

At Handler, Henning & Rosenberg, we hold companies responsible for their negligence. Since 1922, we have protected the rights of injured individuals and have recovered millions in verdicts and settlements. Our work has helped hundreds of families get the medical care and financial support they needed to put their lives back together.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after prolonged used of baby or body powder, contact our Pennsylvania product liability attorneys as soon as possible for a free consultation!

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