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A St. Louis jury awarded nearly $4.7 billion in total damages to 22 women and their families Thursday in the first case against Johnson & Johnson that focused on asbestos in talcum powder.
Their lawsuit claimed the asbestos in the product contributed to the women’s ovarian cancer.
Plaintiffs - Gail - Ingham - O'Fallon - Mo
One of the plaintiffs, Gail Ingham, 73, of O'Fallon, Mo., told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she was diagnosed with stage-3 ovarian cancer in 1985 and underwent chemotherapy treatments, surgeries and drug treatments for a year before being declared cancer-free in the early 1990s.
“Women need to know because they're putting it on their babies.”
Ingham - Baby - Powder - Decades - Lawsuit
Ingham, who used baby powder for decades, said she joined the lawsuit because women who use baby powder "need to know what's in there. They need to know what's going on."
“Women need to know because they're putting it on their babies,” Ingham said.
Jury - Award - Damages - Compensatory - Damages
The jury announced the $4.14 billion award in punitive damages shortly after awarding $550 million in compensatory damages after a six-week trial in St. Louis Circuit Court.
The verdict marked the sixth-largest award related to product defects in U.S. history, Bloomberg reported.
Plaintiffs - Trial - Cancer - Plaintiffs - Missouri
Six of the 22 plaintiffs in the trial have died from ovarian cancer. Five plaintiffs were from Missouri, with others from Arizona, New York, North Dakota, California, Georgia, the Carolinas and Texas.
Johnson & Johnson called the verdict the result of an unfair process that allowed the women to sue the company in Missouri despite most of them not living in the state, and said it would appeal -- as it has in previous cases that found for women who sued the company.
Johnson - Johnson - Products - Asbestos - Cancer
"Johnson & Johnson remains confident that its products do not contain asbestos and do not cause ovarian cancer and intends to pursue all available appellate remedies,"...
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