Beasley Allen Principal & Founder Jere Beasley recently visited the Ringler Radio to discuss the Feb. 22 jury verdict that found Johnson & Johnson liable for a woman’s ovarian cancer death related to her use of the company’s talcum powder products. The St. Louis jury awarded the family of Jacqueline Fox $72 million, which included $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages – $1 million for each year of her life, they said. Ms. Fox used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower daily for more than 35 years for feminine hygiene.
During the trial, internal documents indicated J&J knew about a link between the use of talcum powder on the genitals and an increased risk of ovarian cancer, but failed to warn the public of the danger. An expert at trial testified at least 45,000 women have died as a result of ovarian cancer that could be attributed to talcum powder use on the genitals, and estimated 1,500 women will die within the next year as a result of talc use. “Johnson & Johnson had notice as far back as 1979 that there was a risk of ovarian cancer connected to the use of their product, talc,” Mr. Beasley says.