After almost a month of trial, in our third lawsuit against J&J, the jury found for our client, Deborah Giannecchini, and awarded $70.075 million in damages. This is the third jury to find Johnson & Johnson legally responsible for failing to warn of a known risk that talc – containing body powder, Baby Powder, can cause ovarian cancer. For the first time, however, the jury also held Johnson & Johnson talc supplier Imerys Talc America liable as well.
The jury found that Baby Powder contributed to the development of Ms. Giannecchini’s ovarian cancer. The verdict includes $575,000 in medical damages, $2 million in compensatory damages, and $65 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and $2.5 million in punitive damages against Imerys.
Ms. Giannecchini was 59 when she was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer four years ago. Since then, she has gone through multiple surgeries and chemotherapy regimens. Ms. Giannecchini used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene for more than 40 years. She clearly met the duration and frequency requirements.
Another jury has now heard the evidence proving a link between Johnson’s Baby Powder and ovarian cancer, and has found a clear connection. When is enough going to be enough? Despite repeated verdicts that hold the company accountable, Johnson & Johnson has refused to remove its talcum powder products from shelves, has refused to warn consumers about the risk, and continues to deny its responsibility. It’s time for this company to come clean and put consumer health and the well-being of people ahead of profits.
Ms. Giannecchini was represented by Beasley Allen attorneys Ted G. Meadows, David P. Dearing, Danielle Ward Mason, Lauren Razick, and Ryan Beattie, along with Allen Smith of The Smith Law Firm, Tim Porter of Porter Malouf, and Stephanie Rados, Jim Onder, and Wylie Blair of the St. Louis firm of Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC.
Lawyers in our firm’s Mass Torts Section are heavily involved in litigating cases on behalf of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer following the genital use of talcum powder. If you have any questions regarding these cases, or about the talc litigation generally, contact Ted Meadows, the lead talc lawyer in our Mass Torts Section, at Ted.Meadows@beasleyallen.com or by phone at 800-898-2034.
Source: BA staff & website
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