The famous Johnson & Johnson (J&J) company was ordered by the jury of Missouri to pay for $72 million of damages to the family of a woman whose death is caused from ovarian cancer secondary to her prolonged use of the Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based Baby Powder.
The verdict was announced on the night of February 22 where the jurorsofSt. Louis granted the family of Jacqueline Fox with $62 million of punitive damages and $10 million of actual damages, based on the court documents and family lawyers.
According to the lawyers, the consensus may be the first to honor damages over the said claims.
On the other hand, according to Johnson & Johnson (J&J)’s side to face such claims, in their effort to increase their sales, they failed to warn consumers that their talc-based product can cause cancer. There are around a thousand cases filed in the Missouri state court and an additional 200 cases in New Jersey.
The plaintiff Jacqueline Fox of Birmingham, Alabama, claimed that she used J&J’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for her feminine hygiene for over 35 years before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago. She died at age 62 in October.
According to Fox’s family, the Jurors have found out that Johnson & Johnson is responsible for neglect scam and conspiracy. The deliberations lasted for four hours adhering to a three-week trial On the other hand, according to Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman, Carol Goodrich, in a statement,
We have no greater obligation than our consumers health and safety. We are very much disappointed with the trial’s result. We sympathize with the plaintiff’s family but we strongly believe that the cosmetic talc’s security is backed by years of medical proof.”
Now, the new owner of the Shower to Shower brand is Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX.TO) which was not a defendant in the case of Jacqueline Fox’s death.