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$417 million product liability verdict against J&J

Johnson & Johnson is a well-known manufacturer of consumer products that has been in operation for over a hundred years. The company makes everything from bandages and medications to baby and beauty products. Its headquarters are located in another state; however, its operations are international, with facilities worldwide. While the company experiences great success, it must also deal with a series of product liability claims related to talc-based products. A jury in a California lawsuit recently awarded $417 million to a woman who claimed that the company's baby powder caused her to have ovarian cancer.

A jury awarded the settlement to the 63-year-old woman in August. Since 2016, courts have ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay over $700 million for claims that its talc-based products caused ovarian cancer. There are around 4,800 cases involving body powders with talc, such as Johnson's Baby Powder or Shower to Shower body powder.

Research is indecisive as to whether a correlation exists between talc and ovarian cancer. The issue of exposure to talc is of primary concern. For example, if breathed in, would talc create a greater risk of lung cancer? Or, if applied to genitals, would it lead to a higher risk of ovarian cancer? Company spokespersons state that Johnson & Johnson will appeal the verdict in this most recent decision.

Consumers purchase products from companies, anticipating that those products will perform as advertised. When illness or injury occur after using a product, individuals may wish to file a product liability lawsuit. A California personal injury lawyer can help individuals evaluate their situations and determine a plan of action. A successful settlement in a lawsuit can provide an award to compensate for medical bills and pain and suffering caused by a product.

Source:, "California Jury Drops A $417 Million Talc Bomb On J&J", Aug. 25, 2017

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