Johnson & Johnson Must Pay $72M for Cancer-causing Talcum Powder

Written by on February 15, 2017 in Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 62 Comments

By Jonathan Stempel | Reuters


Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) was ordered by a Missouri state jury to pay $72 million of damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of the company's talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades.

In a verdict announced late Monday night, jurors in the circuit court of St. Louis awarded the family of Jacqueline Fox $10 million of actual damages and $62 million of punitive damages, according to the family's lawyers and court records.

The verdict is the first by a U.S. jury to award damages over the claims, the lawyers said.

Johnson & Johnson faces claims that it, in an effort to boost sales, failed for decades to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer. About 1,000 cases have been filed in Missouri state court, and another 200 in New Jersey.

Fox, who lived in Birmingham, Alabama, 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. She died in October at age 62.

Jurors found Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy, the family's lawyers said. Deliberations lasted four hours, following a three-week trial.

Jere Beasley, a lawyer for Fox's family, said Johnson & Johnson “knew as far back as the 1980s of the risk,” and yet resorted to “lying to the public, lying to the regulatory agencies.” He spoke on a conference call with journalists.

Carol Goodrich, a Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman, said: “We have no higher responsibility than the health and safety of consumers, and we are disappointed with the outcome of the trial. We sympathize with the plaintiff's family but firmly believe the safety of cosmetic talc is supported by decades of scientific evidence.”

Trials in several other talc lawsuits have been set for later this year, according to Danielle Mason, who also represented Fox's family at trial.

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Originally entitled: “J&J must pay $72 million for cancer death linked to talcum powder: lawyers”

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  1.' Cedrick Jamir Conradus says:

    They made a fortune so $72M is no problem…

  2.' Kimberly Craig says:

    are they still allowed to market it for babies? what is the follow up for this?

  3.' Emelie Rose Barg says:

    Throw that stuff out!

  4.' Sean Mclaughlin says:

    Ppl see this as outrageous but still use perfums, toxic soaps, toxic cleaning products or air freshners and eat non organic food full of toxic cancer causing chemicals. Glad they were fined tho!

  5.' Lenah Ali Fisher says:

    I would use talcum powder at work, everyday, particles in my face. Bullshit. I haven’t used it for about 5 years, but I spent 11 years straight using talcum powder. Which I thought I was doing ok by using baby powder towards the end then I realized it’s just the same. Garbage. Thanks.

  6.' Cynthia Joan Morrison says:

    J & J is the worst !
    Known it for a looong time.

  7.' Jen Ashton says:


  8.' Tala Ghadban says:

    If this is really dangerous to use then why im still seing this in every market around… perhaps an explanation t0o from them atleast

  9.' Angela McClure-Chance says:

    companies shoukd be held responsible for the chemicals they use and sell. Period. Too many rip off companies

  10.' Zulnun Awadallah says:

    only 72mil? thats nothing

  11.' KayleeElaine Goldsworthy says:

    Melanie Tinsman

  12.' George Johnson says:

    This is disgusting! Women get ovarian cancer from a number of things but I don’t see how they can prove that powder caused it not to mention the $72,000,000.00

    •' Tessa Charlotte says:

      It was proven in a court of law with a judge and jury that there was a direct link between her use of talc and her cancer…just because you don’t understand how doesn’t make it disgusting that’s very narrow minded.

    •' George Johnson says:

      The disgusting part was the outrageous amount of money awarded.

  13.' Steve Elder says:

    I thought they were a “family company”…more marketing bullshit.

  14.' Ivan Low says:

    What about the rest of us where is our 72million dollar sttlement?

  15.' Cynthia Mend-Karl says:

    Sadly though everything we put in our mouth, skin, things we use or do on daily basis contains something toxic to us, either someone is immune to them or die. This is all done by humans, us.

  16.' Dayan O Dimon says:

    MAY this is such a BS Commerical!!!!!!!! for J & J

  17.' Cristabel Hidalgo says:

    That’s not real.the people died with cervical cancer ovarian cancer that’s from inside .I should believe by outside. Might be too much sex or herety cancer they want to get money from the company. Why the babies doesn’t get cancer?.many women’s get breast cancer and never feed or delivered babies. And maney virgins women’s get utero or cervical cancer doesn’t mean the soaps or sex made cancers.honestlu they want to be a millionars from the company obviously

    •' Angela McClure-Chance says:

      um research prolonged use

    •' Cristabel Hidalgo says:


    •' Diana Schaber says:

      Just because it is topical does not mean it only affects the outside of your body. You are a porous organic being, you need to do some research as Angela McClure-Chance directed.

    •' Corrinda Hogg says:

      It works the same way deodorant gets in & causes cancer….through your skin

    •' Cristabel Hidalgo says:

      If that cause cancer.why the people use it.i never use deodorant. Baking soda is safe cheaper and natural. Any ways people is dying, cancer is a pandemic .I’m a health care aid and I seem different types of cancer.mouth,brain,skin,bones,liver, lungs cancer etc. Omg.who’s going to demanding if we’re eating chimicals everywhere

    •' Cristabel Hidalgo says:

      I’m caring a guy rich guy he never been exposed to anything even use perfume. Using the best and natural soaps. 67 years old with brain cancer. Is a pandemic for me is a extortion taking advance from a death person.the worse part is millions. Isn’t like 2 or 3 millions. They are like starving dogs.gross I want to vomiting to read news like this want.never think in God to be blessed

  18.' Jessica Whelen says:

    WTF is next?

  19.' Shell On A Beach says:

    My mum who has a mental illness told me 30 years ago that talc causes cancer. She not that mental now it seems

  20.' Richard Graham says:

    Lesley George

  21.' Marja Olsen says:

    News reports state women should avoid using it but they still sell it from the supermarket shelves labeled ‘baby powder’ …..WT…..

  22.' Martha Albarran says:

    They should both be banned damnit! Thats why we have these children also with cancer.

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  24.' Vanessa KithVaughn Luiz Balane says:

    Almost everything made and processed through chemical reactions are expected to harm our,this is nothing new to me.

  25.' Heidi Ho says:

    Daun Disher

  26.' Laura Power says:

    I thought the ingredients was changed time ago in uk not sure but I won’t be using it or there other products

  27.' Anthony Vagg says:

    Britt wtf

  28.' Bethany Hanna says:

    I think it’s pretty sad that murder can be settled with government ordained paper.

  29.' Tarsem Patial says:

    It should be banned.

  30.' Rene Bedrio II says:

    Claice Joy Tejada

  31.' Angie Johnson says:

    How do you even prove that she died from using these products

  32.' Linda Collins says:

    Imprison anybody allowing these products to be sold to the public!!

  33.' Raghupathi Surpur says:

    Test in govt Lab must be done in 2 or more lab and then live the products to market it is govt falt . Govt have take care of people health dept . Products CEO have rights to take care of people . It is humanity

  34.' Gary Lim says:

    Lian Whye Tan

  35.' Gary Lim says:

    Shahrir Roose

  36.' Shahrir Roose says:

    Use as shoe deodorant. Works ya, Gary Lim?

    •' Gary Lim says:

      Mate, it’s the best foot deodorant ever ….I just thought the RSGC oldies should know bout this since they use so much of it

  37.' Zainal Ariff Mahmood says:


  38.' Julie Lucas Hokin says:

    Talc also is not good for babies. It can cause or exacerbate asthmatic problems

  39.' Shiralee Barrow says:

    Is that all, all my children had this on them from the day they were born for 2 years as did every other mother I new witch cancers have been linked to this please.

  40.' Karl Meinhardt says:

    Won’t bring her back but the money can be used towards good helpful future action and works. Has anyone bothered to explain why and how this ‘lovely smelling and touchy feely, clean me, dry my moist bit’ product affects the body?

  41.' Ellen Ordoyne says:

    I was raised using powders and did so on my children. When my Gradchildren were born my son -in-law knew of this and we didn’t use on them. Please spread the word. It’s dangerous for children.

  42.' Hamza Naseem Khan says:

    Ghulam Aishah

  43.' Sheila Marie Soriño says:

    Why not invetigate thoroughly.. for sure they are not the only people who patronized the product

  44.' Praveen Seth says:

    FOR SURE !

  45.' Henry Hartzell says:

    Its Johnson & Johnson way to stimulate the economy

  46.' Aminah Cheche says:

    Is there anything safe left now??

  47.' Jessica Brock says:

    Roscoe Bigsby

  48.' Richard Strang says:

    Sounds like bullshit to me. What was the judge’s take in this deal?

  49.' Leslie Nova says:

    My mom used J & J talcum powder after every bath my whole life. She died of ovarian cancer two years ago. I suspected the powder then. She put it in a can with a big powder puff she kept in her bathroom which made its way to my house in a box. Upon finding it, I took it straight to the garbage. I didn’t want the powder or even the can to remind me.

  50.' Agnes Tan says:

    First of all, it depends on the levels and duration of the suffering. Her losts and the negative impacts to the amount of people around her or people in the world. What if her contributions to the world make a huge (constructively) difference etc.

  51.' Kevin Spurdle says:

    NO BLOODY WAY……….until PROVEN beyond ALL doubt.
    bloody america…..someone stands on your foot and you sue for milllions.

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