On February 22, 2016, a St. Louis, Missouri jury ordered Johnson & Johnson® to pay a total of $72 million in damages to the family of Jacqueline Fox, who died of ovarian cancer in 2015 after using Johnson & Johnson products containing talc for decades.
The jury awarded the family $10 million in compensatory damages and $65 million in punitive damages, $1 million for every year of Ms. Fox’s life.
The trial revealed that J&J knew of the probable link between its talc containing products and ovarian cancer for decades yet failed to warn women of these risks.
One of the documents presented at trial was a letter from 1997 in which one of J&J’s own medical consultants warned the company of studies linking talc to ovarian cancer and the downside of denying these risks:
At that time there had been about 9 studies (more by now) published in the open literature that did show a statistically significant association between hygienic talc use and ovarian cancer. Anybody who denies this risks that the talc industry will be perceived by the public like it perceives the cigarette industry: denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.
Here is just one of the many news reports covering the verdict
For more information on the link between baby powder® and ovarian cancer check out our Talc Ovarian Cancer FAQ.
If you, or someone you know, developed ovarian cancer and you suspect talcum powder use, please fill out the confidential form, as you may have a valuable legal claim.