$72 Million Jury Verdict for Cancer Death from Talcum Powder

Categories: Civil litigation

Johnson & Johnson must pay $72 million to the family of a woman, Jackie Fox who developed fatal ovarian cancer after using the company’s baby powder and another talc-based product, Shower to Shower. The case is Fox v. Johnson & Johnson, No. 1422-CC09012-01, Division 10, Missouri Circuit Court, 22nd Judicial District (St. Louis).  It is the first state-court case to go to trial.

Ms. Fox lived in Birmingham, Alabama and claimed she used the products for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years. Three years ago she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died in October at age 62. Specifically, the jury found that Johnson & Johnson should pay $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in punitive damages (i.e. damages intended to punish a company for misconduct).

The family of Ms. Fox argued that Johnson and Johnson knew of the risk, but failed to warn customers, such as Ms. Fox.  The jury agreed.

The company is facing over a thousand other suits claiming that studies have linked Johnson’s Baby Powder and its Shower-to-Shower product to ovarian cancer.

Borgess Law, LLC is currently accepting talc powder cancer cases. If you or someone you know used baby powder or other talc-based products and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, feel free to contact Pharmaceutical/Medical Device Litigation Attorney Pamela A. Borgess of Borgess Law, LLC at (567) 455-5955 or toll-free at (844) LAW-9144. You can also contact Borgess Law, LLC by submitting an online inquiry or emailing Attorney Borgess directly at pborgess@BorgessLaw.com.  Borgess Law never charges a fee for an initial consultation.