Cosmetics company Johnson & Johnson was in trouble again. It has been ordered to pay US$110 million (AU$148 million) to Lois Slemp, a woman who lives in the US state of Virginia, who says she developed ovarian cancer after 40 years of using of its talc- based products for feminine hygiene.
Ms Slemp said she developed cancer after four decades of daily use of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder. This is not a singular case. There have been thousands of lawsuits filed against the company, the world’s largest health care group, for allegedly ignoring studies that linked its baby powder and Shower to Shower product to ovarian cancer and J & J failed to warn customers about the risk, lawyers claim. The verdict now was the largest so far out of about 2400 lawsuits. Last year, a jury awarded California woman Deborah Giannecchini US$70 million (AU$94 million) in damages for her suit against J & J.
“(...) We continue to defend the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder,” the company said in a statement. The company insists its products, including Johnson's baby powder, are safe.