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Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $72 Million for Ovarian Cancer Death Linked to Talcum Powder

Justice scale on blue backgroundA jury in the Missouri Circuit Court in St. Louis has ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $72 million in a wrongful death suit.

The lawsuit was filed by the family of Jackie Fox who died of ovarian cancer. The family claims that the cancer was caused by the J&J talcum powder that Fox used throughout her life. According to the lawsuit, the company failed to warn the customers that the talc used in their feminine hygiene products can migrate through the vagina and increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

The jury found that the company was aware of the increased risk of ovarian cancer from talc but did not take any action to warn the customers.

The company has been ordered to pay $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in punitive damages.