Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 M in talcum powder ovarian cancer case

Missouri State Court: The baby product maker, Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay more than $55m (£40m) in compensation to an American woman who says its talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer. The plaintiff named Gloria Ristesund, aged 62 had filed a case in the United States court alleging that the she became a patient of cancer after using the company’s product continuously for several years. Pharmaceutical firm Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for the second time in three months has been ordered to pay a huge award over claims that its talcum powder causes cancer. In February, another St. Louis jury awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer, which she said was caused by using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other talcum products. The plaintiff said she used J&J talc-based powder products on her genitals for decades. The company – which faces about 1,200 similar claims – insists its products are safe and says it will appeal. Following a three-week trial in a Missouri state court, she was awarded $5m in compensatory damages and $50m in punitive damages.

                                                                                                                Source: BBC News

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