Studies have been around for decades reporting a link between the female hygienic use of talcum powder products and an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Concerns about the carcinogenic effect of talc-based products like Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower recently culminated in a $65 million verdict against the manufacturer. Bloomberg reported the massive verdict represents the third consecutive defeat in a wave of product liability lawsuits against the pharmaceutical giant. In this blog post, our Miami product liability attorneys analyze the outcome and significance of these large judgments against Johnson & Johnson (J&J).
Deborah Giannecchini used J&J’s baby powder for feminine hygiene for over four decades according to a media report. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years before the verdict. Despite the plaintiff reportedly having undergone chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, she faces an 80 percent probability of dying during the next two year. The plaintiff provided evidence that included thirty years of studies revealing an increased risk of ovarian cancer from the use of talc for feminine hygiene. The plaintiff contended that the company was aware of the risk and that the public did not know that talc products are linked to ovarian cancer. Continue reading →