Jury Awards over $70 Million in Product Liability Damages for Cancer-Linked Talcum Powder
A jury in Missouri recently awarded more than $70 million in damages to a woman who claimed that years of using talc products led to her developing ovarian cancer. The defendant is a multinational health care and pharmaceutical company known worldwide for its wide range of baby products such as baby powder and other baby bath products.
Product Liability Lawsuit Claims Powder Causes Ovarian Cancer
The plaintiff, a 62-year old woman, had been using the defendant’s baby powder for decades as part of her feminine hygiene routine. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer for which she has undergone radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy.
In her lawsuit, the plaintiff alleged that for decades the defendant was already aware of scientific evidence linking ovarian cancer with talc powder use but that the defendant failed to inform consumers about this danger. Her complaint further said that the defendant knew that talc particles could travel up the fallopian tubes to the ovaries and cause cancer.
The jury deliberated for three hours and came out with a verdict finding the defendant company liable for the plaintiff’s injuries and the company’s talc supplier partly responsible for the plaintiff’s cancer. They awarded the plaintiff $67.5 million in punitive damages and $2.57 million for her medical costs and pain and suffering.
This is the third product liability verdict for a plaintiff against the defendant’s talc product lines. Hundreds of these product liability claims have been filed in various states, all citing similar complaints. The defendant maintains that there is no link between talc use and ovarian cancer and has said that it will appeal the latest verdict.
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