California Talc Trial

Johnson & Jonhson Hit with $417M Verdict in First California Talc Trial

Just the Facts:

  • 62-year-old Eva Echeverria alleged feminine hygiene use of J&J talcum powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer. A Los Angeles jury awarded her $417 million.
  • The verdict includes $347 in punitive damages against J&J.
  • This talc verdict is the first in California. Previous verdicts in Missouri awarded plaintiffs $110.5 million, $72 million, $70 million and $55 million.
  • J&J faces roughly 5,500 claims in U.S. courts based on similar allegations.

The talcum powder litigation intensified on Monday after a Los Angeles jury delivered a landmark verdict against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) in the first talc lawsuit heard in the State of California.

The jury ordered J&J to pay $417 million to a woman who alleged prolonged feminine hygiene use of talcum powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

The awarded sum includes $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages (damages that exceed simple compensation and are awarded to the plaintiff or plaintiffs as a means to punish the defendant). The verdict is the largest ever awarded in a talcum powder lawsuit.

After deliberating for two days and hearing arguments for four weeks, the jury found that J&J failed to warn consumers about the increased risk of ovarian cancer associated with the use of the company’s Shower to Shower line of talcum powder products. The jury also found that 62-year-old Eva Echeverria’s use of J&J’s Shower to Shower products caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

Echeverria filed suit against J&J with six other women in July of 2016 (Echeverria et al. v. Johnson & Johnson et al., case no. BC628228, Los Angeles County Superior Court). According to the allegations, Echeverria used J&J talcum powder products for feminine hygiene every day starting in the 1950s until she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007.

According to CBS News, Ms. Echeverria presently finds herself in and out of hospitals receiving treatment. She hopes that the verdict will lead J&J to label its talcum powder products so that consumers can be warned about the potential risk of developing ovarian cancer.

First Talc Verdict in California is the Largest Thus Far in Litigation

The Echeverria case is the first of many cases to be heard in California. There are presently hundreds of claims against J&J currently pending in the state, and more than 5,500 pending in courts throughout the country.

In addition to California, courts in New Jersey and Missouri have also heard talc cases. Last year, a New Jersey judge threw out two cases making similar allegations to the Echeverria lawsuit.

Missouri is another story; St. Louis juries have issued verdicts against J&J in four out of five cases:

May 4, 2017 – Jury awarded $110.5 million to a Virginia woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012.

Mar. 3, 2017 – Jury sided with J&J in case filed by Tennessee woman.

Oct. 27, 2016 – Jury awarded $70 million to California woman. This case marked the first time that a jury also ruled against Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier, Imerys.

May 2, 2016 – Jury awarded $55 million to a South Dakota woman.

Feb. 22, 2016 – Jury awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer in 2015.

Talcum Powder Lawyers Representing Victims Nationwide

The law firm of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman is still accepting talcum powder cases and has filed many lawsuits in the ongoing litigation against Johnson & Johnson. If you used talcum powder as part of a feminine hygiene routine and developed ovarian cancer, you may be entitled to compensation.

The medical community discovered a link between feminine hygiene use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer in 1971. Since then, a number of other studies have found a statistical link between talc use and ovarian cancer. J&J has known about this research for decades and has never issued a warning to consumers.

If you would like to speak with an attorney about filing a claim, give us a call today at (855) 948-5098. We are here to answer any questions you may have and to help guide you in the best possible direction for you and your family.

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