Johnson & Johnson Services Incorporated has lost a lawsuit with one of their former customers. This company is required to pay four hundred seventeen million dollars in damagers to one person. Eva Echevarria claimed that talc in some Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused her ovarian cancer.
She had been using Johnson and Johnson baby talcum powder for years. A jury awarded her the four hundred seventeen million dollar payout. Eva claims she used this talcum powder ever since the nineteen fifties.
She did not quit using this powder until two thousand sixteen. She acquired cancer in two thousand seven. Part of the lawsuit claims that Johnson & Johnson does not properly warn purchasers of potential cancer risks in their talcum powder.
Sixty eight million dollars to get paid out is compensatory damages. While remaining three hundred forty million dollars is punitive damages. Eva’s attorney Mark Robinson is quoted as saying:
“Showed the jury that Johnson & Johnson knew about the risks of talc and ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson had many warning bells over a 30 year period but failed to warn the women who were buying its product.”
Carol Goodrich, a Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman claimed that this company is going to appeal this ruling. In May another female user of this same baby talcum powder was awarded over one hundred million dollars in a seperate suit. This St. Louis, Missouri woman was diagnosed with overian cancer too.
Three other lawsuits last year awarded over three hundred million dollars to users of Johnson & Johnson’s talc baby powder. Over one thousand lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson for this same issue and same product. However, not every individual has won their lawsuits.
Also, not every winner so to speak, has been awarded millions of dollars. This definately seems like a pattern of losing customers, who acquired cancer from Johnson & Johnson’s talc baby powder. Johnson & Johnson Services incorporated is not out of the woods yet.
There are future pending lawsuits against them for the same problem.