Johnson & Johnson Lose Third Multimillion Dollar Case Over Baby Talc

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay over $70 million in third cancer case

J&J baby powder

Big Pharma giant Johnson & Johnson has lost yet another legal battle in a row over its talcum powder which allegedly causes cancer.

A St. Louis jury awarded over $70 million dollars to a California woman as a result of her lawsuit which claimed that her ovarian cancer was caused by years of using Johnson & Johnson’s baby talc.

The trial started on September 26th and ended on October 27th and is the third successful lawsuit this year against Johnson & Johnson.

J&J are facing about 1,200 similar claims, but insist its products are safe and saying they will appeal.

The Mail Online reports:

Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, California was diagnosed with the disease in 2012 and accused the company of ‘negligent conduct’ in making and and marketing the baby powder.

The lawsuit claimed Mrs Giannecchini contracted the disease after using baby powder in an intimate area.

Jim Onder, Mrs Giannecchini’s lawyer, said: ‘We are pleased the jury did the right thing. They once again reaffirmed the need for Johnson & Johnson to warn the public of the ovarian cancer risk associated with its product.’

However, the company has rejected there is any risk to using their product – even in intimate areas – and will appeal the massive award.

Carol Goodrich, spokesman for the company said: ‘We deeply sympathize with the women and families impacted by ovarian cancer. We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.’

Earlier this year, two other lawsuits in St Louis ended in jury verdicts worth a combined $127million. But two others in New Jersey were thrown out by a judge who said there wasn’t reliable evidence that talc leads to ovarian cancer, an often fatal but relatively rare form of cancer.

Ovarian cancer accounts for about 22,000 of the 1.7million new cases of cancer expected to be diagnosed in the US this year.

About 2,000 women have filed similar suits, and lawyers are reviewing thousands of other potential cases, most generated by ads touting the two big verdicts out of St. Louis – a $72million award in February to relatives of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer, and a $55million award in May to a South Dakota survivor of the disease.

Much research has found no link or a weak one between ovarian cancer and using baby powder for feminine hygiene, and most major health groups have declared talc harmless. Johnson & Johnson, whose baby powder dominates the market, maintains it’s perfectly safe.

But Onder of the Onder Law Firm in suburban St Louis, which represented plaintiffs in all three St Louis cases, cited other research that began connecting talcum powder to ovarian cancer in the 1970s.

He said case studies have indicated that women who regularly use talc on their genital area face up to a 40 per cent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.



  • Xdrone TeK

    This is just paranoia running rampant around over permissive judicial system that would commit a chicken for life sentencing given the chance the system can assemble a jury to be swayed by gibberish rather than science. Quoting 1970 research is not factual since in the 70’s the use of preservatives in food was allowed. Talcum powder is not a recently created commercial product. It is not cancerous as much as bighting your nails is harmful which might cause you the runnings. The jury are bunch of peasants when it comes to the life amassed General knowledge in cancer research especially 30 year of research that would pop up results probably today rather than the 70’s, still is equal to zero in amount of the required knowledge to incur a judiciary decision that would require a corporate presence cough up millions. Some might argue it is a rich entity, so what if it makes a sick woman happy before kicking the bucket? Really? That explains why we all have to make similar claims against the General public and prevent them from farting and killing the ozone or even perpetuating ignorant DNA if such a claim can be defunct in 30 or more years of research.

  • Xdrone TeK

    I am sorry to say our life motto should be: in talc we trust.

  • Gary Graefen

    So a law firm has more scientific standing than doctors or scientists now?
    Where did you people get your credentials in Journalism and who is Carol Adl?
    You people write rank garbage…. not truth.