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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.

Family Sues Seminole County Public Schools Over Teen’s Death

The parents of a 14-year-old boy who committed suicide at a school has filed a negligent death suit against Seminole County Public Schools, Florida.

Lamar Hawkins shot himself in a school bathroom last year. According to the lawsuit, he committed suicide after being bullied for months by some students at Greenwood Lakes Middle School. His parents had complained to the principal more than 10 times but the school failed to take any action.

Seminole County investigators found no evidence of bullying in the case. However, Attorney Matt Morgan said, “Verbal assaults are bullying. Going online and attacking people on Facebook, on all these various sites, on Instagram… that’s bullying,” Morgan said. “Just because someone doesn’t have their teeth knocked out everyday doesn’t mean that they’re not going to school and being bullied. That’s the key distinction.”