On Monday, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $417 million in a civil lawsuit. The jury found favor of California resident Eva Echeverria, who had claimed that she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s products.
Echeverria had used Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene and claimed that the talc-based product was linked to cancer. According to Reuters, the Los Angeles Superior Court jury’s verdict was the largest to date in lawsuits alleging J&J.
The verdict was that the company failed to adequately warn consumers about cancer risks found in talc-based products. Echeverria’s lawyers accused the company of encouraging the use of baby powder for feminine hygienics despite them knowing the high risks.
The court favored the woman, and J&J was ordered to pay $417 million. It included $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages.
In a statement released after the verdict, J&J said, “We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.”
According to the company’s lawyers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and several other scientific studies have not found a direct link between talc-based products and cancer. They said that there is no proof that talc products are carcinogenic.
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