Tag: Missouri

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.

Widow of Train Crash Victim Gets $20 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

autoA jury has awarded $20 million to the widow of Scott Spence, who was killed in a train collision in Stoddard County, Missouri, in October 2012.

53-year-old Spence was killed in a collision with BNSF train on a rural road in Stoddard County.

Following his death, his wife Sherry Spence had filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming that the railroad crossing did not have lights, gates or a safe sight distance and the crew was negligent.

Costa Mesa Detox Center to Pay $10.25 Million in Wrongful Death Suit

Justice scale on blue backgroundA Missouri couple has been awarded more than $10 million in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against a detox center, First House LLC.

On March 14, 2011, Ted and Kim Jacques admitted their 20-year-old son Brandon Jacques in Morningside Recovery facility, Newport, for treatment of bulimia and alcoholism. However, on March 31, the management transferred Brandon to another facility, First House detox center, without informing his parents. On April 2, Brandon suffered cardiac arrest and died at Hoag Hospital.

Brandon’s parents claim that First House LLC did not have the license or facilities to treat eating disorders.

Recently, an orange county jury concluded that First House LLC was 80 percent responsible for Brandon’s death and ordered it to pay $10.25 million as compensation to the victim’s family.