May 01, 2016

By Adam J. Langino and Theodore J. Leopold

Ms. Jackie Fox died of ovarian cancer in 2015.  She was only 62.  Like many, Ms. Fox used Johnson & Johnson's ("J&J") Baby Powder and other talcum based products for years as a daily feminine hygiene product.  Believing her ovarian cancer developed as a direct result and claiming J&J knew that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer, but hid the dangers, her family sued the company.  This past February, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri agreed and awarded the family $72 million in damages, of which $62 million were punitive.  In April, another family tried their claim against J&J under similar circumstances, and the jury returned a verdict of $55 million.  So, how did we get here?

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