Multinational company Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay US$72 million of damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was found to be linked to her use of the company’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for three decades.
The company denies its products are unsafe.
The result was announced this week in Missouri state after Jacqueline Fox died in October 2015. Fox, who lived in Birmingham, Alabama, said she used talc-based products Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for more than 35 years before being diagnosed three years ago with ovarian cancer.
Jurors found Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy, the family’s lawyers said.
Johnson & Johnson faces claims that, in an effort to boost sales, it failed for decades to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer. More than 1000 cases have been filed in the US against the company.
Carol Goodrich, a Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman, said: “We have no higher responsibility than the health and safety of consumers, and we are disappointed with the outcome of the trial. We sympathise with the plaintiff’s family but firmly believe the safety of cosmetic talc is supported by decades of scientific evidence.”