Missouri State Judge Rules that J&J Cannot Avoid $4.69 Billion Verdict

After a Missouri state jury found in favor of 22 ovarian cancer victims and awarded a landmark $4.69 Billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson, the judge in the case has ruled that the award was “fair and reasonable” compensation for the plaintiffs’ injuries. After the verdict, Johnson & Johnson moved to have the damages award set aside or decreased claiming that it was excessively high. St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison disagreed and held that there was ample evidence presented at trial to support the large award.

Johnson & Johnson Talcum powder caseJudge Burlison further noted that substantial evidence was presented at trial indicating that Johnson & Johnson knew of the dangers posed by their talc products, knowingly targeted sales of these products to women, and misrepresented the safety of these products for decades. In addition to upholding the jury award, Judge Burlison also denied Johnson & Johnson’s request for a new trial. Johnson & Johnson is currently facing over 9,000 talcum powder lawsuits by victims who allege their cancer was caused by daily use of talc.

What is Talcum Powder?

Talcum Powder

Talcum powder is a mineral substance made up of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Because of its natural ability to absorb moisture and prevent rashes, it has long been used in diapering babies and as a feminine hygiene product. There are also a wide array of cosmetics, such as facial powder, foundation, and eye shadow, which contain talc. Johnson & Johnson marketed its talc powder products to consumers as being safe for daily use with catchy slogans such as “Shower to Shower each day helps keep odors away.” As a result, many women used talcum powder in their daily hygiene routines for long periods of time.

What is the Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer?

Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Recent studies have suggested a connection between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Many of these studies have focused on the use of the powder in woman and have shown that when the powder particles travel through the vagina and into the fallopian tubes and ovaries, there can be a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. It is thought that the presence of asbestos in talcum powder could be to blame. Talcum naturally occurs in close proximity to asbestos and often needs to be separated from the asbestos during the mining and manufacturing process. However, not all of the substance is always completely removed. Those who have developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder claim that the powder contained an unsafe level of asbestos. Because of its widespread use in everyday items, researchers stress the need for a more in depth understanding the risks posed by the use of talcum powder.

Contact an Experienced Talcum Powder Lawyer

Experienced Talcum Powder LawyerIf you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our law firm is working with experienced talcum powder lawyers across the country, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a talcum powder lawsuit on your behalf. There is no fee unless you receive an award or settlement. Call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.


  1. https://www.corywatson.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/JJ-Cant-Shed-4.7B-Talc-Verdict.pdf
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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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