Johnson & Johnson faces another lawsuit failure of $417 over regular usage of talcum powder resulted ovarian cancer
By Mah Jabeen
Eva Echevrria a woman from Los Angeles sued the multinational American company, Johnson & Johnson , claiming that the baby powder contains certain chemical which is not medically fit and causes ovarian cancer if used on a regular basis, Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday.
She was using the talcum powder since 1950s to 2016, and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, according to court documents. Echeverria claimed that the company should warn regarding potential risks of cancer and how the usage of the product on daily basis outcomes to be a cancer patient.
Her lawyer Mark Robinson stated on her behalf to the court that she had faced cancer as a “proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder.” And now she is hospitalized and undergoing treatment.
Somehow, Robinson succeeded to get the company’s internal documents that prof, the company was aware of the risks of ovarian cancer, if in case, used on regular basis. Well the American multinational company Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $417 million by a Los Angeles court. This is the largest amount that the multinational has ordered to pay as a result of an US court verdict. Robinson added that Echeverria hopes that the company will defiantly place an additional warning on the product after the verdict.
Robinson further added, that Echeverria, who is on her death-bed due to cancer, “really didn’t want sympathy”, the main aim behind is she want to help other women across the US who have been using the talcum powder for decades and might be suffering ovarian cancer. “She just wanted to get a message out to help these other women,” Robinson said.
He said that the court had awarded $68 million in compensation and $340 million in punitive damages.
On the other hand Carol Goodrich a spokesperson of Johnson & Johnson’s added in her last statement, the company will appeal against the jury’s decision. Extending her sympathy to Echerverria, Goodrich confirmed the scientific evidence proving the talum powder safe to use and doesn’t cause any health risks, and that the company is working on the matter in order to defend itself for future similar nature trials Carol added.
It’s worth mentioning a similar case was also reported where a woman from Virginia, claimed to be a regular user of the talcum powder for around 40 years, she as well succeeded over a claim of $110.5 million lawsuit in a St Louis court in Missouri after she was also diagnosed with ovarian cancer back in 2012.
Three other similar cases in St Louis courts awarded $72 million, $70.1 million and $55 million for similar damages. Yet, another St Louis court turned down a woman’s proceedings after a claim was raised that the talcum powder had resulted as her uterine and ovarian cancers.
Whereas, the company won two similar cases in New Jersey, due to lack of incriminating evidence to support their allegations.
Almost around 1000 lawsuits of lower amounts of financial damages were faced by the company.
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