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Fifth Talc Cancer Trial Ends with $110.5 Million Verdict for Plaintiff

Fifth Talc Cancer Trial Ends with $110.5 Million Verdict for Plaintiff

A St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $110 million to a Virginia woman who links her ovarian cancer to J&J’s talc products used over four decades. The verdict included $105 million in punitive damages as well as $5.4 million in actual damages.

Johnson & Johnson lost similar jury verdicts of $55, $70, and $72 million in 2016, winning the first 2017 talc cancer trial in New Jersey (the company is also appealing the verdicts in its three previous losses). Two other talc cancer cases were dismissed over judicial concerns about insufficient scientific support for the injury claims; that decision is on appeal as well.

Plaintiff Lois Slemp of Wise, Virginia, whose cancer has spread to her liver, was originally diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. Her lawsuit alleged that use of J&J’s Shower-to-Shower Baby Powder over 40 years (along with asbestos particles also found in her body) caused her cancer. The company noted that it was “preparing for additional trials this year and [would] continue to defend the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.”

In the four previous talc cancer trials held in Missouri, one fell in the company’s favor while total verdicts across the three others came to a total of $197 million in verdicts against the company. Nearly 2,000 other federal and state cancer injury lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson await trial.

Video: Important Information for Women Concerned About Talc and Cancer

Talcum Powder and Ovarian CancerLieff Cabraser attorney Tiseme Zegeye recently released a video discussing alleged connections between regular use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The video includes information on lawsuits filed by injured women against Johnson & Johnson, as well as guidance on how injured women can contact Ms. Zegeye and other Lieff Cabraser lawyers for help with their potential cases against J&J.

Contact a Talcum Powder Personal Injury Lawyer at Lieff Cabraser

If you, a friend, or a family member are a long-time (6 years or more) user of talcum powder products made by Johnson & Johnson or another talc product manufacturer, and have received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, you have the right to seek fair compensation. Please call us today at 1 800 541-7358 or visit our Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Injuries page to contact Tiseme Zegeye, Sarah London, or another talc injury lawyer at Lieff Cabraser.

We will help you gather the information and file the claims needed to seek recompense for any injuries, suffering, or related harm, and we will review your claim for free, confidentially, and with no obligation on your part.