A California woman suffering from ovarian cancer has won a claim of $147 million as compensation against the cosmetic giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J). The court decided in favour of 63-year-old Eva Echeverria of California. Echeverria’s law suit was the first to go on trial out of the thousands of such cases against J&J.
Echeverria alleged that she developed terminal ovarian cancer after using J&J products for decades. J&J failed to warn consumers about the risk of developing cancer by the use of its talc based cosmetic products, she said. Her lawyers argued in court that J&J had knowledge of their talc products–Johnson’s Baby Powder–being linked to ovarian cancer but they still encouraged women to use their products.
Echeverria has won $70 million as compensatory damages and punitive damages to the tune of $347 million. J&J is facing as many as 4,800 more such cases in the US and has been directed to pay more than $300 million as damages for the claims.
Defending its talc products J&J stated their products are “guided by science” and they “support the safety of Jhonson’s Baby powder”. They will file an appeal in reply to the court’s decision.
Many more such trials are pending trial in the US state of Missouri. J&J has lost in 4 of those cases and has paid $110 million as damages in Missouri.