J & J to pay US$72 million for cancer death linked to talcum powder



A jury in Missouri has directed Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay US$72 million (S$101 million) to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer, which they claim was because of using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other products containing talcum for years.

The civil suit was initiated by Jackie Fox of Birmingham, Alabama, and was part of a broader claim in the city of St. Louis circuit court involving nearly 60 people. Following her death in October 2015 aged 62, two years after her diagnosis, her son took over as plaintiff.

Fox had claimed she used baby powder and shower to shower for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years before being diagnosed three years ago with ovarian cancer.

On Feb 22nd, the jurors decided that J&J should pay $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in a punishment award to the family of Jackie Fox. It’s the first time a jury

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