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Case Study : Dangerous Drugs and Devices

Johnson & Johnson Hit with $72 Million Dollar Verdict in Talc Ovarian Cancer Case

Jacqueline Fox used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for over thirty-five years. These products were a daily part of her feminine hygiene routine. They also, according to a St. Louis jury, caused the ovarian cancer that killed Ms. Fox at the age of sixty-two.

Ms. Fox’s legal team presented scientific evidence that showed the use of talc powder over a long period of time increases the risk of developing ovarian cancer by 200%-500%. Ms. Fox’s team also presented internal memos and documents that showed Johnson & Johnson not only knew about the increased risk to women as early as 1975, but that they also actively tried to cover it up.

Johnson & Johnson denied the evidence presented, but the jury sided with Ms. Fox’s family and handed down a $72 million dollar verdict against Johnson & Johnson. Ms. Fox’s case is the first in a series of cases to be heard in St. Louis over the next several years.