Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $72 Million Damages for Ovarian Cancer Death

After a three-week trial last month, a Missouri state jury ordered that the company pay $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages to the family of Jacqueline Fox, who passed away from ovarian cancer the previous October. Ms. Fox's cancer was linked to her use of the company's talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, which she used for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years before her cancer diagnosis three years ago.

The jury found that the company was liable for fraud, negligence, and conspiracy. The family's lawyers said that this verdict is the first by a U.S. jury to award damages over these claims in talc-product lawsuits.

Johnson & Johnson is currently facing another 1,000 lawsuits in Missouri and another 200 in New Jersey. Lawsuits claim that the company, in an effort to boost sales, failed for decades to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer despite its knowledge of the danger.

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