Johnson & Johnson Hit With $417 Million Talc Verdict
This may chafe. A California jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a 62-year-old woman who claimed the 123-year-old powder’s talc caused her terminal ovarian cancer over decades of feminine hygiene use. It’s the largest award yet among 5,500 talc claims, following $300 million awarded by four Missouri verdicts against the firm’s signature commodity. As the multinational appeals, the plaintiff’s lawyer, who showed the jury 53-year-old documents as evidence the company suspected carcinogenicity, is calling for warnings on the product.