Johnson and Johnson Faces $55 Million Verdict in Another Talcum Powder Trial

Johnson & Johnson is getting hit hard again. Jurors in a Missouri state court recently awarded plaintiff Gloria Ristesund $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. Ms. Ristesund said that using the company's talc-powder products, including Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder, for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

This was the second straight trial loss for the company. The first loss, which we reported on in March, ordered a $72 million jury award from the same court to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer linked to the use of company's talc-based products. Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal the verdict, as it maintains that the products are safe and that it acted properly in developing and marketing these products.

It is undeniable that these verdicts have sparked renewed interest in talc-powder lawsuits among lawyers and consumers alike. The company is currently facing 1,200 lawsuits, mainly in Missouri and New Jersey, accusing it of not adequately warning consumers about the cancer risks associated with its talcum powder products. Read more at Reuters.