The Los Angeles jury has ordered the world’s famous health and hygiene company to pay $417 million to a woman brought a case against them.
The LA-based court has decided in favor to a woman, who claim that the company’s popular powder brand could cause ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.
The woman named Eve Echeverria of California alleged that Johnson & Johnson did not properly warn consumers about the powder’s potential cancer risk.
Echeverria personally used the baby powder on a daily basis from the 1950’s until she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007.
According to the woman’s case, she developed ovarian cancer as a “proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder.”
Adding to their side, Mark Robinson, Echeverria’s counsel, said her client is undergoing cancer treatment while hospitalized.
“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,” Atty. Robinson said.
“She really didn’t want sympathy,” he added. “She just wanted to get a message out to help these women.”
On Monday, the LA court jury’s award to Echverria included $68 million in compensatory damages, along with $340 million in punitive damages.
The lawyer, commenting on the court’s ruling, he explained that the evidence shown in the case included internal documents from several decades that “showed the jury that Johnson & Johnson knew about the risks of talc and ovarian cancer.”
He also added that the company had several warning signs over a period of 30 years, but they failed to warn the consumers who were buying their product.
Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said that the company will appeal the jury’s decision.
In a statement, Goodrich said that the company sympathizes with women who are suffering from ovarian cancer, but there is evidence that Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is safe.
This is far from the only lawsuit that has been brought against the company. Over 4,800 talcum powder lawsuits have been filed against the company.
In May, a jury awarded $110.5 million to a Virginia woman who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012.