Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $72m (£51m) to the family of a deceased woman

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Jackie Fox from Birmingham, Alabama died of ovarian cancer last year, aged 62, having used the talc for decades. Victim’s family lawyers argued that the firm knew of cancer risks from the product and failed to warn consumers. But Johnson & Johnson denied the claim. A spokeswoman said: “We have no higher responsibility than the health and safety of consumers, and we are disappointed with the outcome of the trial.” They consider an appeal based on conviction “we firmly believe the safety of cosmetic talc is supported by decades of scientific evidence.”

More than 1,000 similar cases are pending nationwide and lawyers said thousands more could now be filed. In 2013, a federal jury in South Dakota found that a woman’s use of Johnson & Johnson’s body powder products was a factor in her developing ovarian cancer, but jurors did not award damages in the case.

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